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Author: Stacey Lee Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781494584320
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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 frontier. 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 figure out they can't hide for long... Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats. Kirkus Starred Review
  • “A vivid, nontraditional Western…Growing romantic undertones with hints of uncertain sexuality add bonus interest to a story that distinguishes itself by integrating strands of Chinese lore and wisdom, Christianity, and music with themes of friendship, diversity, and survival.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Emotionally resonant and not without humor, this impressive debut about survival and connection, resourcefulness and perseverance will keep readers on the very edges of their seats.”

    Kirkus Review (starred review)

  • “Narrator Emily Woo Zeller’s easy pace fits the long, contemplative hours on the trail and affords time to enjoy Lee’s descriptions…Zeller’s nuanced character portrayals require Mandarin, Mexican, African American, and Scots accents. It’s no easy task to switch from character to character and between the genders of Samantha and Annamae and their alter egos, Sam and Andy. Zeller does it without a hitch. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Their journey is daring as they become pioneers in every sense of the word. Lee nimbly balances friendship, adventure, survival, suspense, and romance in this racially diverse western. The historical details cover vast ground—not just about westward expansion and the Gold Rush but also about slavery, life as an immigrant, and gender roles. Samantha and Annamae are incredible characters; they are self-sufficient, determined, and compassionate. Lee’s writing is striking, and her well-rendered characters leap off the page. This distinctive story will likely win over even readers who do not think they enjoy historical fiction or who never considered reading a western.”


  • “Offers 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

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2016 PEN USA Literary Award Finalist 

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About the Author

Stacey 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.

About the Narrator

Emily Woo Zeller is an artist, actor, dancer, choreographer, and voice artist who has won Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. AudioFile magazine named her one of the Best Voices of 2013 for her work in Gulp. Other awards include the 2009 Tristen Award for Best Actress as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and the 2006 Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement.