384 pages / Ages 12 and up / Grades 7 and up
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Available in Hardcover, Paperback and Audiobook formats.
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of CODE NAME VERITY.
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 quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House books.
|“A vivid, nontraditional western…with plenty of twists..”
— Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review“Well-crafted and suspenseful, with more flow than ebb to the tension that stretches like taut wires across plotlines, …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 Reviews, Starred Review
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