Here we are again with another Terrific Tuesday! This book comes from the same author that gave us Under a Painted Sky. Stacey Lee is back with her newest novel: Outrun the Moon. Lately I have been reading a lot of historical fiction and when I saw this book coming up, I just had to get the word out.
“Immersive and riveting. Mercy Wong had my heart from page one.”
–Sabaa Tahir, NY Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.
On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?
Synopsis via Goodreads
I love the whole ‘hero rises from the ashes’ vibe that I get from reading the synopsis! I am already on Team Mercy but I will hold out to actually read the book before I have the jerseys made, ha ha ha. Ms. Lee is a relatively new Author, so if you have not heard of her you have not been living under a rock per say, maybe just under a table, or patio furniture, but definitely not under a rock. 😛 Here is some information for those of you who are not familiar with this 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 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.
Bio via Goodreads