Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee audiobook

Under a Painted Sky

By Stacey Lee
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Audio
10.20 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls figure out they can't hide for long...

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A 2016 PEN USA Literary Award Finalist 

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life.

With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.

Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls figure out they can't hide for long...

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A vivid, nontraditional Western…Growing romantic undertones with hints of uncertain sexuality add bonus interest to a story that distinguishes itself by integrating strands of Chinese lore and wisdom, Christianity, and music with themes of friendship, diversity, and survival.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats. Kirkus Starred Review
“Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats.” Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Narrator Emily Woo Zeller’s easy pace fits the long, contemplative hours on the trail and affords time to enjoy Lee’s descriptions…Zeller’s nuanced character portrayals require Mandarin, Mexican, African American, and Scots accents. It’s no easy task to switch from character to character and between the genders of Samantha and Annamae and their alter egos, Sam and Andy. Zeller does it without a hitch. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Their journey is daring as they become pioneers in every sense of the word. Lee nimbly balances friendship, adventure, survival, suspense, and romance in this racially diverse western. The historical details cover vast ground—not just about westward expansion and the Gold Rush but also about slavery, life as an immigrant, and gender roles. Samantha and Annamae are incredible characters; they are self-sufficient, determined, and compassionate. Lee’s writing is striking, and her well-rendered characters leap off the page. This distinctive story will likely win over even readers who do not think they enjoy historical fiction or who never considered reading a western.” VOYA
“Offers a much-needed multicultural look at the Oregon Trail, with resourceful, smart, and brave Chinese American and African American girls as main characters. High drama, tension, romantic longings, and touches of humor will entice historical fiction fans.” School Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Stacey Lee

Author Bio: Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then got her law degree at the University of California, Davis.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.20
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English