Saturday, February 10, 2018

Six top YA westerns

At the BN Teen blog, Jenny Kawecki tagged six top YA westerns, including:
Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee

When recently orphaned Samantha murders a man in self-defense, she knows her Chinese American heritage will be enough to lock her away. Abandoning her dreams of moving to New York to work as a professional musician, she teams up with Annamae, an escaped slave, to make her getaway. Together, they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys hoping to make their fortune in the California gold rush. Toss in a band of cowboys, a dash of adventure, and secrets that are increasingly difficult to keep, and you’ve got a must-read for anyone who grew up playing Oregon Trail. Under a Painted Sky is the diverse, girl-powered cowboy novel you didn’t know you needed.
Read about another book on the list.

Under a Painted Sky is among Jenny Kawecki's five top feminist YA books, Sarah Skilton's seven top YA duos on the run and top six YA books featuring cross-cultural friendships, Eric Smith's top five YA reads for fans of the Wild West, Nicole Hill's five top historical YA novels about adventurous and independent-minded women, John Hansen's ten must-read YA novels you've probably never heard of, and Dahlia Adler's seven top YA novels about best friendship.

My Book, The Movie: Under a Painted Sky.

--Marshal Zeringue