Book Birthday Bash: The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

Book Birthday Bash


Happy Book Birthday to MY book THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST!

In this middle-grade novel, a boy washes up on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited beach. Who is he? How did he get there? The boy can’t remember. When he sees a light shining over the foreboding wall of trees that surrounds the shore, he decides to follow it, in the hopes that it will lead him to answers. The boy’s journey is a struggle for survival and a search for the truth—a terrifying truth that once uncovered, will force him to face his greatest fear of all if he is to go home.

I’m so excited you’re at the party for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Join in the fun…


You’re listening to the sounds of a mystical beach: ocean waves lapping, trees swaying in the breeze, birds tweeting, crabs scurrying. Listen on


There isn’t a lot to eat on the beach, except some sea grapes the Boy found in the trees. But here’s what he’d like to have at his party: pizza, cake, chocolate, soda, turkey sandwiches and ice cream. He can imagine it; can you?


The Boy tells himself “Once upon a time…” stories when he gets scared, which is a lot. His stories are about knights and wizards and heroes and himself, like “Once upon a time there was a boy who wasn’t afraid.” Join us in telling “Once upon a time…” stories. Type them into the comments below. (Make sure you enter the giveaway too.)


The Boy gets comfort from a piece of fabric he found in his pocket. He thinks everyone should have a piece of fabric like this, so they can make their own courage.

Author Samantha M ClarkTHE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is written by me, Samantha M Clark, and published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster. Read more about me on my About Me page.

KEEP CELEBRATING! BUY THIS BOOK AT: Personalized copies available through BookPeople, or order through IndieBound, Book Depository, Books-A-MillionBarnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart, as well as numerous other independent bookstores, plus Simon & Schuster.


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49 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    Once upon a time there was a boy who met a girl and fell in love, and they’re living happily ever after.

  2. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, your book debuted! Congrats!

  3. sjohnston2010 says:

    Congrats, Sam! Can’t wait to read this.

  4. Danielle Hammelef says:

    It’s day 2 for you and I bet the feeling is still awesome!

  5. Danielle Hammelef says:

    What surprised you, if anything, about the publishing process?

    • Samantha says:

      Hmm, that’s a great question, Danielle. There were so many surprises. The fact that they mailed out the first set of laid out pages — not every publishing house does that now. The work that went into the cover, interior and jacket design. And mostly, the amazing support from so many people, at the publishing house as well as on social media. This has been a wonderful experience.

  6. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Congrats again on your book!

  7. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, you became an inspiration to want to be published authors. Happy to share your good news!

  8. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Do you look forward to school visits and book signings?

    • Samantha says:

      Yes! It’s so much fun meeting readers and hopefully helping to make new readers. When I was a kid, we didn’t have school visits and I didn’t think authors were real, live people. I think it’s great for kids to learn that early on, so they can learn that they can become an author or whatever they want to be too.

  9. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Are you open to Skype visits if school can’t afford travel expenses?

    • Samantha says:

      Hey! Sorry for the late reply. Trying to catch up and I’ve got a lot of comments to catch up with on here. 🙂 But YES! I’m always happy to do a full presentation via Skype to schools. I also offer free 15-minute Skype Q&A sessions for classrooms and book clubs who have read the book. Click on the Speaking part of my menu for more info, and contact me to schedule.

  10. Once upon a time there was a teacher who wanted to read all the books!

  11. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I’m still in love with the shooting stars on your cover graphic! Hoping to see some myself this summer.

  12. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, all my favorite authors came to my hometown to talk and sign books.

  13. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time I kept finding great reviews on your book. Congrats!

  14. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, your debut book became a best seller.

  15. Danielle Hammelef says:

    When I see my teacher friends again this fall, I can give them your contact info about school/classroom visits.

  16. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, a little girl dreamed of being an author and her dream came true!

  17. Samantha says:

    Thank you!

  18. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time all kids and adults had access to exciting books to read.

  19. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a Time, I was brave, just like your boy.

  20. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time I traveled to my favorite lake for vacation.

  21. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time I read more great reviews on your debut book.

  22. Jay Whistler says:

    Once upon a time, I washed up on an island with some amazing writers and we all shared inspiring stories and talked about The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast and it was glorious.

  23. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time every child learned to read.

  24. Danielle Hammelef says:

    The debut authors this year have so much talent and are so generous with their time too. Thank you for all your hard work bringing readers an exciting book to read.

  25. Vi Figueroa says:

    I’m going to share one my two year old made up.

    “Once upon a time, there was a car driving and it rolled and tumbled! Then it drove back to the city. Then it was rolling and rolling and flying upper, upper, upper!”

    Because right now when I read “Once upon a time” I hear it in his voice 😂

  26. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, indie book stores thrived and customers preferred to shop for books there with personal, customized service and recommendations.

  27. Danielle Hammelef says:

    Once upon a time, I was brave even to step out of my comfort zone and try new things and see new places.

  28. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I hope your author panels went well. Someday, I hope to attend one of your talks.

  29. bn100 says:

    looks fun

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