The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Badge
The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams By Daniel Nayeri, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Daniel Nayeri, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

Classic adventure storytelling that builds up to a satisfying twist. A very worthwhile journey.

Highly Recommended by Kristine

— From Books for Middle Readers


A new all-ages adventure tale from Printz Medal Winner, Daniel Nayeri

This is the tale of an exciting journey along the Silk Road with a young Monk and his newfound guardian, Samir, a larger than life character and the so-called “Seller of Dreams”. The man is a scammer; his biggest skill being the ability to talk his way into getting what he wants. While that talking did save Monkey’s life, it has left a lot of people furious with Samir— furious enough to hire assassins. Monkey decides to try and save Samir from the attempts on his life—as a way to pay off his debt! If he can save Samir six times, he’ll be a free man...but will they all survive that long?

For fans of The Little Prince and Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

About the Author

Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. His autobiographical novel, EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE (A True Story) was the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, the Christopher Medal, and the Middle Eastern Book Award. He is a former publisher, editor, and pastry chef. He lives with his wife and son in an Airstream in one of America's great National Parks.

Daniel Miyares is a critically acclaimed picture book author and illustrator. Some of his books include: Float, Night Out, That is My Dream, and Bring Me A Rock!. Daniel has been called “…a master of visual storytelling.”- Jody Hewston, Kinderlit, and “…enchanting, versatile” – The New York Times. He believes that our stories have the power to connect us all. Daniel’s story currently takes place in Lenexa, KS with his wife, their two wonderful children, and a dog named Violet that gives them all a run for their money.

Praise For…

[STAR]“Readers.. will find more than expected, including tender philosophies, complex characterizations, heaps of humor, a masterful twist, and most importantly, just a great story,

beautifully told.”— Booklist (starred)

[STAR] “Nayeri blends playful humor, solid pacing, and fully realized characters into a witty, assassin-studded traveler’s yarn that also serves as a memorable, lively portrait of the 11th-century Silk Road. Richly hued art by Miyares and expansive back matter enhance the delight.” — Publishers Weekly (starred)

Most Anticipated Children's Books of 2023 - BookPage

“An excellent classroom or family readaloud… Nayeri’s immersive writing style brings a you-are-there energy to the depiction of the harsh but gorgeous environment of the Silk Road.”

— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

[STAR] "Filled with the multicultural hustle and bustle of the Silk Road, enlivened by the unpredictable nature of unreliable storytellers, and adorned with whimsical, colorful illustrations, this is a strange, wondrous, and creative tale. Can family be found along the Silk Road, or will everyone ultimately betray you?" — Kirkus (starred)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781646143030
ISBN-10: 1646143035
Publisher: Levine Querido
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English