Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Five YA SFF books featuring crews you’ll want to join

Shannon Dittemore is an author, speaker, and contributor to the blog Go Teen Writers, which was one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. When she's not at her desk, she can be found in the wilds of Northern California, adventuring with her husband, their two children, and a husky named Leonidas.

Dittemore's new book is Rebel, Brave and Brutal.

At she tagged five YA SFF titles featuring crews you’ll want to join, including:
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky is a historical set in Missouri in 1849, featuring a Chinese-American violin player named Samantha, and a former slave named Annamae—two characters with spunk, and the kind of internal fortitude that inspires.

When tragedy takes Samantha’s father, she breaks the law in self-defense. Now an outlaw, she teams up with Annamae, and the two go on the run, hoping to hide in the crowds of gold seekers heading to California. They disguise themselves as boys to protect themselves on the treacherous Oregon Trail, a decision that works well enough, but becomes difficult when they join forces with three cowboys, transforming their partnership of two, into a crew of five.

As Samantha grows closer to a cowboy named West, she learns that while it’s inconvenient to hide who you truly are when a crew needs to trust one another, it’s near impossible when the heart gets involved.
Read about another entry on the list.

Under a Painted Sky is among Jenny Kawecki's six top YA westerns, 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