MacKenzie, Ross The Nowhere Emporium, 278 pages. Floris Books, 2015. $10.
Daniel is an orphan on the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, just trying to avoid the bullies who are set on torturing him. When he stumbles into the amazing and mysterious store, the proprietor is curt and orders him out. The next day, however, Daniel enters the store again – something Mr. Silver, the proprietor, was never expecting. Because no one is supposed to remember their time in the Emporium. There must be something special about Daniel – something Mr. Silver has been waiting a long time for. Now Daniel has a chance to learn all about the magic of the Emporium and its inhabitants. MR. Silver has many, many secrets – secrets and an enemy who may spell the end of everything Daniel has grown to love.
As I was reading this, it brought to mind The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. While this is meant for a younger audience, it certainly has a rich portrayal of dueling magicians too. I was carried away and well pleased with the reading.
MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS.