Secret Life of Sam Virtual Launch

Join BoB for a Facebook Live conversation with author Kim Ventrella about her new middle grade novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF SAM, releasing with HarperKids Books on 9/29/2020. Anyone who pre-orders through Best of Book will receive a signed copy, bookmarks and limited edition stickers!!! Order below! To join the Facebook group, visit This is a FREE EVENT and open to all. Purchase encouraged but not required. Simply stop by at 7pm CST on 9/29/2020 to watch the live interview and ask your burning questions in the comments.


The timelessness of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA meets the wonder of BIG FISH in this bittersweet, magical story, perfect for fans of Barbara O’Connor, Lisa Graff, and Dan Gemeinhart.

After Sam’s dad dies in a car accident, he’s shuttled off to the dusty town of Holler, Oklahoma to live with a long-lost aunt. He misses everything about his old life—fishing in the swamps, drinking warm cans of Orange Crush and, especially, listening to Pa weave his famous tall tales.

He hates everything about Holler, with its empty fields and dead grass, until he encounters a strangely familiar cat who leads him to a mysterious tree—a portal through which Sam can revisit his old life for a few minutes at a time, and be with his Pa once more.

Sam’s visits to the bayou become stranger and stranger. Pa’s old stories unfold around him in beautiful but sinister detail, and Pa is not quite himself. Still, Sam is desperate to find a way for them to stay together—until he learns the bittersweet lesson that sometimes loving someone means having to say goodbye.

"The magic is rooted in evocative descriptions and strong emotions. Magically mesmerizing and moving."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1313 E. Danforth
Edmond, OK 73034
The Secret Life of Sam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062941183
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 2020