In the News

My book, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and I are honored to have been featured on some amazing websites. Have a look:

  • Student reviewer Farmgirl5100 gave THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST 5 out of 5 stars on Litpick.com, and wrote, “I would recommend this book to most people because of its amazingly well-written story.” Thank you!
  • Middle Grade Minded said THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is “a must-read;” “a wondrous book, full of mystery, suspense, and growth.” Thank you!
  • Here’s to Happy Endings said THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is “suspenseful with just the right amount of fantasy elements to keep even the most reluctant readers interested.” Thank you!
  • Aeicha at Word Spelunking called THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST a “spellbinding and stunning tale” in her review. 5/5 cupcakes and wonderful praise. Thank you, Aeicha!
  • Cassie at What Teachers Read including THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST in her 2018 Mock Newbery List. I’m so honored that my book is part of this amazing lineup.
  • BookPage reviewed THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, saying, “While THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST can be a quick read, this debut novel should be savored for its atmospheric setting, ominous tension and the beautiful way it brings light to the darker parts of childhood.”
  • Kidlit Exchange reviewed THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, saying, “This story very quickly held my attention and I found any waking, free moment I had, grabbing this book and turning the pages–wrapped in the plot.”
  • MG Book Village published a guest post I wrote about “Fighting Childhood Feat and Trauma with Books and Art.”
  • The blog of my local independent bookstore, BookPeople, included THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST in a release day lineup.
  • Tuesday Writers included THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST in a post about new releases on June 26.
  • Reading Rumpus recommended THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST for classroom shelves from 3rd to 7th grade, saying, “I imagine most libraries will need at least a couple copies once word of mouth impacts circulation.” The review also includes some really helpful curriculum suggestions. Thank you!
  • Middle Grade Mafia interviewed me about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, inspiration, advice and fun photos.
  • Author Kathy MacMillan wrote a wonderful review of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, calling it a “so heartfelt, so immediate that readers can’t help but get drawn into the tale.”
  • Kidlit411 interviewed me about writing THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, Austin SCBWI, and advice.
  • American Libraries Magazine talks about the Simon & Schuster Night of Novels event I was part of at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans, saying, “This was my personal favorite of the three publisher events today, due primarily to the format of the program and the authors in attendance.” I was one of nine featured authors, along with Andrew Smith, Sharon Draper, Alison McGhee, Patti Kim, Deb Caletti, Barbara Dee and Neal Shusterman with his co-author son Jarrod Shusterman. An amazing lineup!
  • Kidlit College on Medium interviewed me about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, challenges and writing advice.
  • Author Kim Tomsic interviewed me about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, my inspiration, and my upcoming events, among other things on her Bookshelf Detective blog.
  • Publishers Weekly: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is part of PW’s New Kids and YA Books release list.
  • Brazos Bookstore‘s Joy Preble interviewed me about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Check out this fabulous Houston indie.
  • Pop Goes the Reader: I wrote a guest post for this wonderful blog about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and figuring out how to be enough.
  • Author Caroline Starr Rose included THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST in her “Quick Lit: Not-To-Miss Middle Grade” list of books. Thank you!
  • Southern Living: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is included in Southern Living’s list of The Best New Children’s Books Coming Out Summer 2018, saying, “Middle-grade readers will be enthralled by Samantha M. Clark’s new book.”
  • Project MG Mayhem: Author Caroline Starr Rose gave THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST a beautiful review on Project MG Mayhem, calling the book a “memorable and powerful read.” Thank you!
  • PragmaticMom: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is included in this wonderful list of 10 Upcoming Middle Grade Novels of Self Discovery.
  • Allonsythornraxx blog: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is featured in the blog’s Most Anticipated Releases of Winter 2018 (winter for Australia)
  • BRIT + CO: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is featured in BRIT + CO’s list of “10 Heartwarming Children’s Books Featuring All Types of Fathers” alongside books by Jason Reynolds and Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is listed in Mrs. Knott’s June releases.
  • Bartography: Author Chris Barton interviewed me for his awesome enewsletter. Plus he’s doing a giveaway for a hardcover of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST!
  • Geek Reads Kids enewsletter: Jen at Geek Reads Kids listed THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST in her “New Release books I double puffy heart love” list. Thank you!
  • SCBWI’s June 2018 Book Birthdays: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is included in this wonderful list of kidlit books coming out this month.
  • Brightly: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST was included in Brightly’s The Best of Children’s and YA Books of June 2018 list. Thank you!
  • Cynsations: Gayleen Rabakukk and Cynthia Leitich Smith interview me about being the Regional Advisor of the Austin SCBWI chapter and how SCBWI has helped my career
  • PW ShelfTalker article: BookPeople’s Meghan Dietsche Goel wrote about the THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST comfort squares and the fun 2018 MG Scavenger Hunt
  • Youth Services Book Review calls THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST “riveting” and “pretty much a must-read,” recommending librarians put the book on the top of their to-read lists. Thank you!
  • PW ShelfTalker article “Meeting the Authors in Our Neighborhood”: After meeting with the staff of my wonderful local indie bookstore, BookPeople, I was thrilled to be featured in this article written by children’s book buyer Meghan Dietsche Goel.
  • Simon & Schuster Book Pantry video: THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is featured in Simon & Schuster’s Book Pantry video along with two other books.
  • KidLit TV Live: The wonderful KidLit TV interviewed me live at TLA 2018 in Dallas.
  • News and Some Recommendations from author Donna Janell Bowman: The fantastic author Donna Janell Bowman featured THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST as a recommended title in her enewsletter. I’m thrilled for the recommendation, and I recommend that you check out her books too.
  • Miss Print’s Top Fives: Simon & Schuster Summer 2018 Preview: The wonderful Miss Print chose THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST as one of her top 5 most anticipated books from the Simon & Schuster Summer 2018 Preview.
  • Beagles and Books Must Reads in 2018: The amazing Beagles and Books blog chose THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST as a must-read middle-grade book for 2018. It’s so exciting to see my book in such incredible company.
  • WriteOnCon Most Anticipated MG + YA Books of 2018: The incredible WriteOnCon contributors chose THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST as one of their most anticipated middle-grade books of 2018, and you should look at all the wonderful books on this list!
  • Watch. Connect. Read. with Mr. Schu: The fantastic Mr. Schu revealed THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST’s beautiful cover, illustrated by Justin Hernandez. It was such fun finishing Mr. Schu’s sentences.
  • Simon & Schuster Summer 2018 Book Pantry: Simon & Schuster’s Education & Library department Book Pantry features THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST on the front, with an incredible shoutout from Sarah Woodruff.