The Book of Sam


A hell-bound fantasy starring demons, damsels, and an unlikely hero.

Sixteen-year-old Sam Sullinger lives in the shadow of adolescence. He's lost among his overachieving siblings, constantly knocked down by his harsh father, and bullied daily. His only solace is his best friend and crush, Harper.

In a grand plan designed to help him confess his love to Harper, Sam accidentally sets off a series of events that lead to her being kidnapped and taken to Hell. Racked with guilt, Sam makes a bold decision for the first time in his life: He’s going to rescue his only friend.

Sam is thrust into a vivid world fraught with demons, vicious beasts, and a falling city. And every leg of his journey reminds him that he isn’t some brave knight on a quest — he’s an insecure teenager yearning to make his mark on at least one world.


Rob Shapiro gives us a rich, fresh, honest, eloquent take on the age-old adventure archetype and makes us feel better for the experience, better about ourselves, better about the world. What an achievement that is. This is a brilliant YA debut.

Joseph Kertes, author of Last Impressions

A tribute to lovable losers, unlikely adventures, uncomfortable truths, and the will to move forward.

Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Rob Shapiro

Posted by Dundurn Guest on September 17, 2019

Rob Shapiro

Rob Shapiro is a novelist and TV writer who has dabbled in film, theatre, and copywriting. He recently wrote for Nelvana’s D.N.Ace and co-created two television series that are in development. Rob lives in Toronto.