Middle Grade Authors Samantha M. Clark, E. Latimer, and Jordan Stratford

The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast 
The Graveyard Book meets Hatchet in this eerie novel about a boy who is stranded on a mysterious beach, from debut author Samantha M. Clark.

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.

This gripping adventure will have readers hooked until its jaw-dropping and moving conclusion. Samantha M. Clark's first novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice.

"The Boy, the Boat, & the Beast is a well-crafted mystery-thriller with interlaced questions, each demanding its own answer. Who is the boy? How did he come to be so all alone? And how will he survive the hideous beast stalking every step he takes? This page-turner takes readers on a journey through one boy's darkness and redemption, and his determination to outwit a monster that seems to know his terror only too well. With only a precious bit of [fabric] to guide him, he blazes a trail of courage and determination as he refuses to give up on his family--or himself. The story 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, despite storms of imperfection, pain, and foolish choices" .--Susan Vaught, Edgar Award-Winning Author of "Footer Davis Probably is Crazy"

"Lyrical and hauntingly beautiful, this is a story for everyone who's had to learn to face their fears." --Jennifer A. Nielsen, Author of "The False Prince"

Samantha M. Clark loves stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances because if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can't she? Until she finds her own real-life Narnia, she writes about other ordinary children and teens who've stumbled into a wardrobe of their own. She grew up in different countries around the world and now 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 she explores wardrobes every chance she gets. Visit her online at SamanthaMClark.com.


The Case of the Perilous Palace (the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 4) ( Wollstonecraft Detective Agency #4 ) 

The history-mystery-science series continues as the Wollstonecraft Detectives--Ada Byron Lovelace and Mary Shelley--take on a case by royal request.

Ada's imperious grandmother has absolutely shut the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency down--until they get a case from a princess, that is.

The princess Alexandrina Victoria, age 9 (who will grow up to be Queeen Victoria), is the most closely watched girl in England. She is never alone. Every morsel she eats is catalogued. Every visitor overseen. Every move noted down. She has but one thing of her own--a sketchbook she uses as a secret diary, where she records her private thoughts in code. But now, somehow, that sketchbook has disappeared.

And so the princess enlists Ada and Mary to figure out what has happened to the sketchbook without arousing the suspicions of her minders. A most clandestine case indeed! One that will involve breaking into Kensington Palace and uncovering a host of surprising royal secrets...

This funny, Christmas-time romp of a caper will delight history and mystery fans alike.

Jordan Stratford is a producer, author, and screenwriter. Stratford first launched the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series on Kickstarter and in under a month had gained nearly 3,000 backers--clearly there was an eager audience. You can find him on the Web at JordanStratfordBooks.com and on Twitter @JordanStratford.

 

The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray 

Lemony Snicket meets Oscar Wilde meets Edgar Allan Poe in this exciting and scary middle-grade novel inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray -- a family curse is unleashed!

Bryony Gray is becoming famous as a painter in London art circles. But life isn't so grand. Her uncle keeps her locked in the attic, forcing her to paint for his rich clients . . . and now her paintings are taking on a life of their own, and customers are going missing under mysterious circumstances.

When her newest painting escapes the canvas and rampages through the streets of London, Bryony digs into her family history, discovering some rather scandalous secrets her uncle has been keeping, including a deadly curse she's inherited from her missing father. Bryony has accidentally unleashed the Gray family curse, and it's spreading fast.

With a little help from the strange-but-beautiful girl next door and her paranoid brother, Bryony sets out to break the curse, dodging bloodthirsty paintings, angry mobs and her wicked uncle along the way.


E. Latimer lives in Vancouver, Canada. Her breakout success on the online writing platform Wattpad has resulted in a fanbase of nearly 90k followers, with over 20 million combined reads. She also vlogs weekly on the YA Word Nerds YouTube channel and hosts chats on Twitter. A former children’s bookseller, she is focusing on her writing while still maintaining her Wattpad presence by hosting the Wattpad4 chats, which have featured guests like Lauren DeStefano, Leigh Bardugo, Beth Revis and Victoria Aveyard (among others). This is her first middle-grade novel.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534412552
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 26th, 2018

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781101919286
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Published: Tundra Books - February 13th, 2018

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By Jordan Stratford, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780553536447
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018