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Come on in, past the leaves, over the roots and onto the path that leads to Stories. You've reached the home of Samantha M Clark, author of stories for the young and young at heart, for the believers of magic and wonder, for the lovers of intrigue and mystery. I'm glad you're here...

My latest book… 

The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast is about a boy filled with fear who wakes alone on a beach with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. He knows in his heart he has a home and desperately wants to find it—but first he must face his biggest fears.

This middle-grade contemporary fantasy novel was called “an unforgettable, life-affirming tale” by ALA Booklist. It’s available wherever books are sold.

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Make Your Own Courage Art Therapy Project

Creative Writing Activities (techniques from the book) 

Classroom & Book Club Discussion Guide (with spoilers)

Chapter-By-Chapter Discussion Guide


Praise for The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast


“[A] well-crafted mystery thriller… [that] speaks to the deepest level of heart and psyche, about facing the worst that fear has to offer, about determination and force of will, and about how the threads of love joining families together refuse to fray.”
~Susan Vaught

Edgar Award-winning author of Footer Davis Is Probably Crazy and Super Max: And the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge

“Lyrical and hauntingly beautiful, this is a story for everyone who’s had to learn to face their fears.”

~Jennifer A. Nielsen

New York Times best-selling author of The False Prince series and the Mark of the Thief series

“The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast is part action-adventure, part dreamy allegory—a painful, beautiful, and mysterious read. Samantha M Clark has given us a boy whom we love, fear for, and will not soon forget.”

~Liz Garton Scanlon

Author of The Great Good Summer and the Caldecott Honor picture book All the World

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