The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams: Newbery Honor Award Winner

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Levine Querido
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7.01 X 9.06 X 1.02 inches | 1.67 pounds

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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 East Book Award, among others. He is a former publisher, editor, and pastry chef. He lives in the United States with his wife and son.

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.


Most Anticipated Children's Books of 2023 - BookPage
[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)
[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)
[STAR] "An epic -adventure with an enduring message about love and family."-- School Library Journal (starred)
"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
"Adventurous, funny and nimble. Daniel Nayeri understands this relationship between storytelling and magic, and finds every opportunity to celebrate it. " -- New York Times
"Daniel Nayeri and artist Daniel Miyares conjure a richly colored 11th-century realm of merchants and swindlers, camels and donkeys, caravanserai and spice bazaars, and the gaudiest array of mercenaries ever assembled in a book for young readers."--Wall Street Journal

"Nayeri follows up his Printz-Medal winning Everything Sad Is Untrue with an epic comedy-adventure. It is the eleventh century, and Omar ("Little Monkey") has been purchased by the effortlessly charming but terribly duplicitous Samir, a merchant whose penchant for gab nets more trouble than coin. As Samir's caravan makes its way across the Silk Road, it becomes quite clear that Samir has double-crossed one person too many -- six, in fact -- and now there's a price on his head. Firmly rooted in the oral tradition, Nayeri's conversational tone is complemented by Miyares' darkly comical illustrations that open each chapter and provide hints to the events about to unfold." - Toledo Blade