The Book

UNDER A PAINTED SKY

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and set off alone on the Oregon Trail in search of family and freedom. Along the way they make unlikely friends.

“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


The Author

Stacey H. Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Her debut book is UNDER A PAINTED SKY published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2015.

“Debut author Stacey Lee successfully rides onto the range with this sweeping, warmhearted tale.”

—The Chicago Tribune