ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Samantha M Clark
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
ISBN-10: 1534412557
ISBN-13: 978-1534412552
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Category: Middle Grade

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST

Synopsis:

In THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, a boy wakes up on a mysterious beach where everything’s scary and he doesn’t know who he is or how he got there. After a bright light shines over the Green Wall of trees, the boy gathers up his courage and follows it, hoping to find answers and his family. But when he discovers the terrifying truth, he must face his biggest fear—going home.
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Ewald Lapioli said on 12/06/2018:
I like the comparison of your ideas to the Narnia Stories. It makes want to read this book.
Gayleen Rabakukk said on 12/06/2018:
Love this book SO much! I had one of my tutoring students read it & she is doing the creative writing activities for homework (love that you have additional content for a deeper dive!)
Heather Caspi said on 12/06/2018:
This is now on my gift list!
Daniela WEIL said on 12/06/2018:
congratulations again for your achievement! daniela
Kim Tomsic said on 11/25/2018:
My nephew LOVED this book!
Mimi Cross said on 11/15/2018:
This is already on my To Read list but I wanted to stop by and check out your SCBWI page :) Such a great cover...
Paula said on 10/31/2018:
Amazing cover. Intriguing story!
Sheryl Gwyther said on 10/30/2018:
Hi Samantha, this sounds like a fab book ... congratulations! It's doing well too by the sound of it. :) You've chosen a perfect template for it too!!
Trey Hays said on 10/27/2018:
I purchased this book at about 4 am this morning and read well into it! So intriguing!!!
Betty Vanderwielen said on 10/25/2018:
A fellow writer highly recommended this book to me.
Kathleen Doherty said on 10/25/2018:
Mercy! What a gorgeous book! You had me at the cover.
Danielle Hammelef said on 10/25/2018:
The premise is emotional and intriguing and the cover is beautiful.
Brenda Panella said on 10/25/2018:
Congratulations on your book! I have a copy of this book! I haven't read it, yet, but look forward to it :)
Alyssa Hollingsworth said on 10/25/2018:
I LOVE your gif version of your cover! And the cover in general. This sounds like an intriguing story.
Rehannah Azeeyah Khan said on 10/25/2018:
Wow! This seems to be a deep story and original concept. Well done!
Joan Swanson said on 10/25/2018:
Not knowing who you are and being by yourself is a really scary concept for kids. Sounds like a great read!
Marcia Strykowski said on 10/25/2018:
I've heard good things about this book and it's in my reading pile. Congratulations!
Kaela said on 10/25/2018:
Looks exciting!
Dianne White said on 10/24/2018:
This was such a beautifully written book! Very powerful!
no_author_entered said on 10/24/2018:
Love water related books so much! Looks great.
Suzanne Crowley said on 10/24/2018:
Can't wait to read your book. The cover is gorgeous! Congrats!
Nancy said on 10/24/2018:
On my TO READ list! Looks beautiful!
Cynthia Leitich Smith said on 10/23/2018:
What a gorgeous and magical debut! Brava, rising star!

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During his journey, the Boy in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST uses a number of tools to help himself deal with his insecurities, anxiety and fear, both from outside and inside forces.

Do you know children who feel insecure or anxious? Do you know children who have experienced traumatic events? Do you know children who would enjoy fun exercises to build up their confidence and courage?

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST author Samantha M Clark and clinical therapist Bonnie Thomas LCSW developed the Make Your Own Courage Art Therapy Project just for you.





In THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, a boy wakes up on a mysterious beach where everything’s scary and he doesn’t know who he is or how he got there. After a bright light shines over the Green Wall of trees, the boy gathers up his courage and follows it, hoping to find answers and his family. But when he discovers the terrifying truth, he must face his biggest fear—going home.
Samantha M Clark loves stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances because if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can’t she? Until she finds her own real-life Narnia, she writes about other ordinary children and teens who’ve stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. She grew up in different countries around the world and now lives with her husband and two funny dogs in Austin, Texas. Samantha is the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter of SCBWI, and she explores wardrobes every chance she gets.
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“An unforgettable, life-affirming tale.” ~ALA Booklist

“A poignant story.” ~School Library Journal

“Viscerally explores childhood emotions of fear and anxiety relating to bullying, abandonment, and getting lost.” ~Publishers Weekly

“This first novel from Clark offers unusual imaginative and emotion-driven introspection.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Lyrical and hauntingly beautiful, this is a story for everyone who’s had to learn to face their fears.” ~Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of THE FALSE PRINCE

“[The boy]’s struggle to overcome his life-threatening fears illuminate how difficult it is to navigate the seas of growing up. His victory is a victory for all of us.” ~Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor-winning author of THE UNDERNEATH

“[A] well-crafted mystery thriller.” ~Susan Vaught, Edgar Award-winning author of FOOTER DAVIS PROBABLY IS CRAZY

“Part action-adventure, part dreamy allegory—a painful, beautiful, and mysterious read.” ~Liz Garton Scanlon, author of THE GREAT GOOD SUMMER

“Masterful storytelling.” ~Bethany Hegedus, author of the GRANDFATHER GANDHI picture book series

“Lyrical and evocative.” ~Janet Fox, author of THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE

“An enchanting exploration of the power that resides in the stories we tell ourselves.” ~Nikki Loftin, author of THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY

“Lyrical and heart-catching, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is also a page-turner of a mystery with a profoundly satisfying conclusion.” ~Katherine Catmull, author of SUMMER AND BIRD

“A story that readers of all ages can enjoy and relate to. I certainly loved it!” ~Bonnie Thomas LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist and author of CREATIVE COPING SKILLS FOR CHILDREN
During his journey, the Boy in THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST uses a number of tools to help himself deal with his insecurities, anxiety and fear, both from outside and inside forces.

Do you know children who feel insecure or anxious? Do you know children who have experienced traumatic events? Do you know children who would enjoy fun exercises to build up their confidence and courage?

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST author Samantha M Clark and clinical therapist Bonnie Thomas LCSW developed the Make Your Own Courage Art Therapy Project just for you.
Click here for the free download.
    Guestbook Comments
    Ewald Lapioli said on December 6, 2018:
    I like the comparison of your ideas to the Narnia Stories. It makes want to read this book.

    Gayleen Rabakukk said on December 6, 2018:
    Love this book SO much! I had one of my tutoring students read it & she is doing the creative writing activities for homework (love that you have additional content for a deeper dive!)

    Heather Caspi said on December 6, 2018:
    This is now on my gift list!

    Daniela WEIL said on December 6, 2018:
    congratulations again for your achievement! daniela

    Kim Tomsic said on November 25, 2018:
    My nephew LOVED this book!

    Mimi Cross said on November 15, 2018:
    This is already on my To Read list but I wanted to stop by and check out your SCBWI page :) Such a great cover...

    Paula said on October 31, 2018:
    Amazing cover. Intriguing story!

    Sheryl Gwyther said on October 30, 2018:
    Hi Samantha, this sounds like a fab book ... congratulations! It's doing well too by the sound of it. :) You've chosen a perfect template for it too!!

    Trey Hays said on October 27, 2018:
    I purchased this book at about 4 am this morning and read well into it! So intriguing!!!

    Betty Vanderwielen said on October 25, 2018:
    A fellow writer highly recommended this book to me.

    Kathleen Doherty said on October 25, 2018:
    Mercy! What a gorgeous book! You had me at the cover.

    Danielle Hammelef said on October 25, 2018:
    The premise is emotional and intriguing and the cover is beautiful.

    Brenda Panella said on October 25, 2018:
    Congratulations on your book! I have a copy of this book! I haven't read it, yet, but look forward to it :)

    Alyssa Hollingsworth said on October 25, 2018:
    I LOVE your gif version of your cover! And the cover in general. This sounds like an intriguing story.

    Rehannah Azeeyah Khan said on October 25, 2018:
    Wow! This seems to be a deep story and original concept. Well done!

    Joan Swanson said on October 25, 2018:
    Not knowing who you are and being by yourself is a really scary concept for kids. Sounds like a great read!

    Marcia Strykowski said on October 25, 2018:
    I've heard good things about this book and it's in my reading pile. Congratulations!

    Kaela said on October 25, 2018:
    Looks exciting!

    Dianne White said on October 24, 2018:
    This was such a beautifully written book! Very powerful!

    no_author_entered said on October 24, 2018:
    Love water related books so much! Looks great.

    Suzanne Crowley said on October 24, 2018:
    Can't wait to read your book. The cover is gorgeous! Congrats!

    Nancy said on October 24, 2018:
    On my TO READ list! Looks beautiful!

    Cynthia Leitich Smith said on October 23, 2018:
    What a gorgeous and magical debut! Brava, rising star!

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