A Pair of Outlaws

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, set in the time period of the California Gold Rush, will have you waiting for a sequel. Sammy and her father, of Chinese heritage, were bound for California.

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, set in the time period of the California Gold Rush, will have you waiting for a sequel. Sammy and her father, of Chinese heritage, were bound for California. This was a decision that Sammy had no say in, and therefore, an argument was the only thing that came out of it.

 

That was the last impression that she had left on her father. The fire that took her father also took her home, leaving her with nothing. A man named Ty Yorkshire invited Sammy to stay at one of his hotels for a while. Though soon after arrival, Ty tried to do some very inappropriate things, and out of her scared and desperate actions to get away, he was killed.

 

Annamae was a slave in the hotel and was constantly trying to find a way to run away. Her older brother had been separated from her and they planned to meet back at Harp Falls; ASAP. So, quite coincidentally, Annamae was serving Sammy's room and the two became the most unlikely of friends.

 

Disguised as boys, they ventured west. Their adventures spread far and wide, trying to avoid the lawmen looking for a Chinese girl and a runaway slave. They met other friends who helped them on their way and taught them many things about being cowboys.

 

This was the kind of book that you can’t put down. It has just the right amount of suspense to keep you engaged to the end.

 

Though, Lee did go a little over-board on the description of some sections that were already inappropriate. Because of this, I would keep this book far from anyone under the age of 11. But once those sections were over, the book was quite good.

 

I really enjoyed this book and think you would too.