What to Read While You Wait for The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST comes out in a little over two months and a friend was asking me recently what they should read while they waited, books that are similar in tone, feel and subject matter. My mind went blank for a few minutes — as it often does now while I juggle marketing, freelance work and the writing of my next middle-grade novel — then I thought I should put the question to the other people who know the book best: My critique partners, blurbers and publishing team at Simon & Schuster.

So, if you’re looking for middle-grade books to enjoy while you wait for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, try out these wonderful recommendations…

From my editor Sarah Jane Abbott at Paula Wiseman Books:

From Simon & Schuster‘s sales department:

From author Janet Fox:

From author Nikki Loftin:

From author Liz Garton Scanlon:

From writer and critique partner Gayleen Rabakukk:

From author Donna Janell Bowman:

  • THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is like “THE BOOK THIEF [by Markus Zusak] meets movie CASTAWAY with a bit of HATCHET [by Gary Paulsen]”

Read these middle-grade books and pre-order THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST (click for more retail stores carrying the book). You’ll be all set for June 26.

How many of these have you read already? I’ve now got the ones I haven’t read on my to-read list. Have a look at the list on Goodreads and feel free to add your own suggestion there or in the comments below.

The Graveyard Book

Liesl & Po

Life of Pi


What do you think?