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 fron4tier. 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 beautifully written 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.
Where do I even begin? Let’s see…
- The cover is absolutely gorgeous.
- The book is set on the Oregon Trail, which will give me some wonderful elementary school flashbacks.
- Both protagonists are girls of color, which is always important.
- I am always ready to read books about friendships between girls.
- Multiple people have compared it to Code Name Verity, which is one of my favorite books ever.
Basically, give me the thing. Give me the thing now.
So what are you waiting to read? Sound off in the comments!