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The Nowhere Emporium

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Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2016 and the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016, and the North East Book Award 2015.

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the ‘shop from nowhere’ — and its owner, Mr Silver — draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment.

Recruited as Mr Silver’s apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium’s vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms — rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined.

But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble.

Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Cornelia Funke and Neil Gaiman.

Our Review Panel says...

‘The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie offers an amazing journey into a magical world where the imagination knows no limit.

Daniel Holmes is an orphan living in Glasgow being bullied for being different. When being chased by the gang, a mysterious shop from nowhere appears and he is able to seek refuge. 

Showing himself to have unusual powers, Daniel is asked to join the Emporium where a magical labyrinth of rooms contains wonders beyond belief. He is transported around the world, having incredible adventures and experiences along the way.

However, magic and mystery come at a price…is Daniel willing to make the sacrifice?

This book hooks the reader immediately with the excitement of the shop being a portal to other worlds. Within the rooms themselves, wonderful and inexplicable things happen. There are opportunities for the reader to explore their imagination and wonder about what they might create in Daniel’s shoes.

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