#BookReview The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie @DiscoverKelpies @RossAuthor #KidsFiction #FiveStarRead

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Today I review The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie. Published by Kelpies in 2015. Rereleased in 2018.

💫Back of the Book

The Nowhere Emporium
by Ross MacKenzie

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?

Scottish Children’s Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Corneila Funke and Neil Gaiman.


Ross MacKenzie is the author of fantasy adventure Zac and the Dream Pirates. He grew up in Renfrew, and knew from a young age that he wanted to become a writer. In fact, he wrote his first book – an illustrated short story about a hungry crocodile called Crunchy Colin – in a smuggled school jotter when he was seven. Ross is a graphic designer by day. He still lives in Renfrew with his wife and baby daughter but spends much of his spare time in another world.

💫Review by Kelly Lacey

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Format – Physical Copy
Pages -278
Genre: Children’s Fiction

Rating:  💫💫💫💫💫

Well, how many words sum up unbelievably pure dead brilliant?

Here are a few words that sum up this book:

  • Amazing
  • Astounding
  • Bewildering
  • Breathtaking
  • Extraordinary
  • Impressive
  • Marvelous
  • Miraculous
  • Spectacular
  • Staggering
  • Startling
  • Striking
  • Stunning
  • Stupefying
  • Stupendous
  • Wonderful

I think those give you a clue that I LOVED this book. I thought it was going to be a nice easy fun read. Which it was but it was SO much more. This book includes some awesome heart stay characters and a world of wonders that will take your breath away.

The only other time I have had this very feeling was when I first read Harry Potter. Although The Nowhere Emporium is not about wizards and witches it is about magic. I think it’s the appeal of the never-ending wonderfulness that makes me so happy.

Now I am in my thirties, not the target market for this book but as a fellow book blogger, https://twitter.com/grabthisbook told me the other day. “A good story is a good story – doesn’t matter which part of the bookshop it is sold from.”  I could not put the book down.

So a little back story, it starts off in Glasgow with poor we orphan Daniel being chased through the streets of Glasgow, Scotland by a gang of bullies. When he seeks refuge in a sparkly fronted store his life changes forever. The book also flip flops throughout to give you the history of some of the characters which I loved.

The Nowhere Emporium won the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Scottish Children’s Book Award and it is very well deserved.

I sighed a relief that there is a book 2. This story could on for many many books. It has so many possibilities.  

A magic book that will have you hooked by it’s spell after just one chapter. Ross Mackenzie is a name to look out for and add it to your must buy author list. Excellent writing and a mind boggling tremendous plot.

Five big muckle stars!

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