Press Kit

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AUTHOR BIO

Samantha M ClarkLONG BIO: Samantha M Clark is the award-winning author of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and ARROW (both published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster) and AMERICAN HORSE TALES: HOLLYWOOD (Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House). She has always loved stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. After all, if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can’t she? While she looks for her real-life Narnia, she writes about other ordinary children and teens who’ve stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. In a past life, Samantha was a photojournalist and managing editor for newspapers and magazines. She lives with her husband and two funny dogs in Austin, Texas. Samantha is the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and explores wardrobes every chance she gets. Sign up for news and giveaways at www.SamanthaMClark.com. Follow her on Twitter @samclarkwrites, Instagram @samanthamclarkbooks, Facebook at SamanthaMClarkAuthor, and Pinterest at SamClarkWrites.

SHORT BIO: Samantha M Clark is the award-winning author of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and ARROW (both published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster) and AMERICAN HORSE TALES: HOLLYWOOD (Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House). She lives with her husband and two funny dogs in Austin, Texas, where she helps other writers as the Regional Advisor for the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Sign up for news and giveaways at www.SamanthaMClark.com. Follow her on Twitter @samclarkwrites, Instagram @samanthamclarkbooks, Facebook at SamanthaMClarkAuthor, and Pinterest at SamClarkWrites.

BOOKS

Arrow

Out June 22, 2021, from Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

Ages: 8+

Genre: Middle grade fantasy

Topics: Environment, Deforestation, Friendship, Acceptance, Disabilities, STEM

ISBN 9781534465978 (hardcover), 9781534465992 (ebook)

Cover design: Laurent Linn, illustration: Justin Hernandez

Mad Max meets The Jungle Book with plenty of Fern Gully in middle-grade novel ARROW, about a 12-year-old boy with a limb difference who has lived his whole life as the only human in a magical hidden rainforest. When the magic starts to deplete, humans from the dry, arid outside world discover the forest, and Arrow must decide between joining his own kind or saving his home.

Praise for ARROW

ARROW is a richly imagined fable about the need to connect with people of divergent tribes…and thereby heal a wounded planet. Clark blends fantasy and science into a lush and timely tapestry that enlightens and enchants.” ~Susan Fletcher, author of the award-winng Journey of the Pale Bear

ARROW is a compelling adventure about resilience, hope, and learning to trust your own heart.” ~Lynne Kelly, author of the award-winning SONG OF A WHALE

The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast bookcoverOut now from Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

Ages: 8+

Genre: Middle grade contemporary fantasy

Winner: SCBWI 2019 Texas/Oklahoma Crystal Kite Award

Translated into three languages

Topics: Courage, Insecurity, Fears

ISBN 9781534412552 (hardcover), 9781534412569 (paperback), 9781534412576 (ebook)

Cover design: Laurent Linn, illustration: Justin Hernandez

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.

Praise for The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

“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.” ~BookPage

“An unforgettable, life-affirming tale.” ~Booklist

“Clark writes with a lyrical and appealing rhythm, as she viscerally explores childhood emotions of fear and anxiety relating to bullying, abandonment, and getting lost.” ~Publishers Weekly

“Clark’s melodic prose, packed with otherworldly imagery and affecting repetition, effectively sets the boy’s fears in a larger context. … This first novel from Clark offers unusual imaginative and emotion-driven introspection, earning its several allusions to The Little Prince.” ~Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Weighty themes like courage, love, will, and care for the defenseless haunt this archetypal journey. … With a sharp focus on the isolated protagonist and his internal struggle, it is character development that shines most clearly, though the external environmental dangers and the mystery keep the suspense taut. … A poignant story.” ~School Library Journal

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 TRAITOR’S GAME

“[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 ME AND SAM-SAM HANDLE THE APOCALYPSE

American Horse Tales: Hollywood

American Horse Tales: Hollywood by Samantha M ClarkOut June 29, 2021, from Penguin Workshop/Penguin Random House

Ages: 7+

Genre: Contemporary

Second book in a series about girls and their horses

Topics: Animals, Movies, Girl Empowerment, Confidence

ISBN 9780593225271 (paperback)

Cover illustration: Kelley McMorris

Set in modern-day California, this American Horse Tale is the story of a young girl who, along with her family’s horse, is destined for the big screen. Juniper is a young girl who dreams of making it big in the movies along with her horse, Able. In particular, Juniper is obsessed with getting Able onto her favorite television show, Castle MacAvoy, and will do anything, even slay dragons, to make that happen.

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