Reviews for The Nowhere Emporium

Author: MacKenzie, Ross
ISBN: 9781782501251

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? Well told with good characters. Engaging from the beginning. The two stories, that of Mr Silver’s past and the present day weave together well and are clearly indicated at the beginning of each chapter. Attractive page borders mark the beginning of each short chapter.

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 5 star

This book is amazing! I picked it up and couldn't get out of it until I finished it! I love the way the author creates the characters and the plot keeps you interested. The plot might not make sense when you first read the story but all will become clear near the end! Brilliant!

Review by Evie - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was my favourite. the book was full of magic and mystery. I really recommend this book to people who really like books to do with magic and mystery.

Review by Krishani - Fernwood School
This book is rated 2 star

I didn't really enjoy this book as it had a really slow start, but once it started it went really fast- within 2 chapters Daniel was working for the emporium! It wasn't really my type of book too.

Review by Yasmin - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed the Nowhere Emporium because the use of mystery and magic throughout the book. I also enjoyed the book because it was easy to understand and relate to. However I thought the book was slightly rushed at the end which is why I gave the book a 4 not a 5. But it was still a very interesting and I could really picture the whole book in my head. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and mystery stories.

Review by Niamh - Fernwood School
This book is rated 4 star

It was a very interesting book and I really enjoyed learning about the different rooms in the emporium but it kind of drones on a bit towards the end!!

Review by Olivia - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is amazing. When I read the first chapter I couldn't put the book down! The magic and settings were fantastic and storyline is brilliant. There were characters of many different personalities, both funny and mysterious. I recommend this book to people who like adventure and Harry Potter.

Review by Frankie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I sort of enjoyed The Nowhere Emporium. At the start the plot was fast and then it rapidly slowed down. There was always something interesting happening. However I found it confusing as the story line kept changing.

Review by Poppy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

Personally I didn't really enjoy this book because I don't really like unrealistic stories but I would recommend it to people who enjoy mysteries.

Review by Olivia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

The Nowhere Emporium was not the type of book I would pick up but I enjoyed it. It was an exciting and magical story line but I didn't like the design of the characters. So over all a very mixed review!

Review by Tegan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the Nowhere Empourium as it has a very interesting plot and characters, although I didn't like the slow pace during the middle. After it picked up it was a great book.

Review by Mia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked the book because of the magical ideas. My favorite part, was the battle. The book could have moved on in the middle. The book jumped straight into the problems. Overall the book was amazing.

Review by Abhishek - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was amazing. I really liked all of the drama and it was original. It always left me on a cliffhanger and all the way through I did not want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery story.

Review by Rhiannon - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I enjoyed the book because it had lots of action and I liked the different rooms.

Review by Thomas - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked reading this book and found the story very interesting, as I enjoy fantasy/adenture books. My only dislike with this book is that there is a border on the first page of each chapter which I didn't like because my eyes were constantly drawn to this instead of the words on the page. This meant that I was constantly reading over the same section again and again! I found it very distracting. However, on the other hand, I really liked the design of the front cover and the first few inside pages because it made you feel as though you were actually there!

Review by Honesty - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book! All the way through the story grasped me. The tale jumped straight in the deep end and grabbed my attention. The Emporium's labyrinth of wonders reflected the book's twists and turns. A book to be loved by anyone. The Emporium awaits you...

Review by Ruby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book because it's very mysterious and magical. A little orphan boy (Daniel Holmes) goes into a shop, as he leaves the owner says "goodbye forever, there are no return customers". But there is a return customer, Daniel. He is asked to travel around the world with the shop owner, so he gives up his bullied orphanage life and does just that. He writes stories for the Book of Miracles!

Review by Georgia - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of its amazing storyline. My favourite character is Mr Silver's daughter Ellie because the author slowly gives more information about her. At the beginning the only mention of her was when Daniel first came to the Emporium and was in his 'room' and she is seen looking at him. The author then waits until midway in the book to tell you who she is. I found Ellie interesting because she can't leave the Emporium and 'normal' people can't see her. The reason I like this is because you feel really sorry for her. She also reminds me of myself in a strop, because after Daniel comes back with Mr Silver (after a magical walk in Paris), she storms off then comes back to say 'I hate you', like I often do because in the moment I can never find the words. I also like the parts of the book when it is not in Daniel's present day, although it can be quite confusing because it makes you wonder the relevance of it. In addition I enjoy the idea of rooms full of wonders, and I sometimes find myself thinking of my own wonders.

Review by Ella - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I really liked The Nowhere Emporium because it was interesting and magical. It was fun to read and when I first got it I thought I wasn't going to like it but I actually really did because it was fun to read. I recommend this book to people who like magic and mystery.

Review by Danielle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed reading the Nowhere Emporium because I liked the interesting characters and the imaginative plot line. I loved the magic involved however I didn't like the ending as it was sad. I would recommend this book to people who like reading fantasy and mystery novels.

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This wonderful book is all about an orphan named Daniel Holmes who is taken into apprenticeship by the mysterious Mr Silver who runs a magical shop full of mystical wonders that can be created by writing in a book. But that very book is what the vindictive Vindictus Sharpe craves most. Can Daniel and Mr Silver's daughter Ellie save their beloved home ? This book is super amazing it has a perfect pace and a excellent storyline this book is just pure reading bliss.

Review by Kaylen - Ashfield School and Technology College
This book is rated 4 star

I liked Ellie best because she was a strong character and she is brave and likes to tell Daniel what to do.

Review by Abigail - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

It was good, there was a very slow start and it feels a copy of another story (Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium), plus parts taken from Harry Potter (e.g. unicorn blood - 'liquid life').

Review by Ella - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed the book. It had a great storyline, a bit of a slow start but when it got into the middle it had a lot of cliff-hangers which made you want to keep reading. I definitely would recommend it.

Review by Olivia - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I liked this book because it was oddly believable and unbelievable at the same time. It also had a slight element of mystery to it, which I enjoyed. I loved Daniel's challenge for Sharpe because he outsmarted Sharpe which made the man look like a fool.

Review by Adam - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This is a brilliant book with a very interesting and magical plot. Daniel starts off with a very boring life, living in an orphanage. When he stumbles across the Nowhere Emporium, his life improves greatly. He makes lots of life friends like Mr Silver, the owner of the Nowhere Emporium, and his daughter, Ellie. I'd recommend this fantastic book to anyone who loves magical fantasy stories with a hint of danger.

Review by Emily - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The fantasy plot was amazing! The characters were believable and it started straight away. This is why I loved it so much. My favourite part was when Daniel was shown the wonder rooms, it's a part where I felt I could let my imagination run wild and I could picture the rooms for myself. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

Review by Daisy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I found it extremely enjoyable. I loved the idea and it was written in an amazing way. If you like mystery, magic and Harry Potter you will love this. My favourite wonder was the leap of faith because I wanted to go into the book then.

Review by Rachel - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked The Nowhere Emporium because it was more mysterious and intense than the other two that I have read. The story started on the first page, which I enjoyed. The characters and dialogue were extremely relatable and I could read this book again any day. I would recommend this book to any readers who love mystery, intensity and pure adventure.

Review by Jack - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I really liked this book! It was so magical and interesting. I loved the birds in the Emporium and thought they were really inventive. Overall a great storyline and a great book.

Review by Kate - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed the book, it had a lot of suspense and thrilling plots. It is a very imaginative book and has a great sense of adventure. The book leaves you shocked but intrigued. My favourite characters are the magpies because they are so mysterious and peculiar. I would recommend this book.

Review by Angelina - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book was very good although the action only really started at Chapter 19. Afterward that, the book is mysterious and intriguing. I enjoyed reading it and think the plotline is a unique and interesting idea.

Review by Evie - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book was quite a good read, but not very interesting in a few places. The ending was not as exciting as I thought it would be; and I found some of the book predictable. However, there were really adrenalin filled chapters, and I loved the fantasy and mystery elements in it. My favourite character was Ella, because she was really tough, and didn't give up on her dad. I enjoyed the book a lot more when Vindictus Sharpe became involved. In conclusion, this book contains some interesting segments, but some slightly boring parts. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the book once it reached about the middle, and the action began to happen.

Review by Angelina - Becket School
This book is rated 4 star

Personally I would recommend this to magic and fantasy lovers. It's not my kind of book but I still read it and enjoyed it, it was mysterious and awesome. I liked this book and would read a second one if there was one, or is there..?

Review by Megan - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought that it started off a bit slowly. But during the middle of the book it got interesting.

Review by Lauren - John Port School
This book is rated 3 star

This book is for readers that enjoy magic and fantasy. Each chapter opens a door and in that door is adventure and magic. If that's your type of book this book is perfect for you.

Review by Jeeya - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 3 star

It was a creative book, I'll give it that and the plot was interesting (albeit similar to 'The Night Circus'). However, I struggled to get into it. For something that should be 'spectacular' and 'wonderful' at times, there were points that just felt a bit bland. The ending felt rushed as well and fairly obvious, in my opinion. It wasn't really a bad book, just not a particularly good one, despite the front cover which seemed to promise more than this.

Review by Ella - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is about a young boy called Daniel Holmes. When he first joins the Nowhere Emporium he is amazed by the millions of amazing rooms containing wonders beyond imagination but things start to go wrong. When Mr Silver the man in charge of the Emporium goes missing; the Emporium and the Book of Wonders are in grave danger . With the help of Ellie Silver he protects the Emporium the best he can. With the Emporium self destructing he only has one choice. Daniel has to face his fear to finally get Mr Silver back. I loved this book; it is a mysterious and gripping book. I loved it from the moment I started reading it. I would definitely recommend this book.

Review by Mara - Becket School
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed The Nowhere Emporium. I didn't think that I was going to like it but it turned out to be really good. It is a mix of magic and time traveling. It is about a boy, Daniel, who walks into the Nowhere Emporium. Once you have left the emporium you're not supposed to remember it. Daniel did! As Daniel learns about the Nowhere Emporium, he also has to save it. I would highly recommend this book.

Review by Ana - Becket School
This book is rated 5 star

The Nowhere Emporium is filled with magic and mystery, the shop containing secrets that appear at different points throughout the story. I felt that the story was very well planned with the idea of looking into the past in some of the chapters.

Review by Jo - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

The Nowhere Emporium is a great book for people who like magic and adventures. Also Vindictus Sharpe was written as a nice man at the start but at the end he turns into a horrible man. If you like Harry Potter you will like this book.

Review by Jack - Chilwell School
This book is rated 2 star

I found this book boring at times. I like the cover because it welcomed us to the 'Nowhere Emporium'. The characters were well developed. However it took a while to get into the magical parts. Daniel Holmes gets bullied and I feel quite sorry for him. The book isn't my type of book because I'm more into horror. I recommend this book to people who like mysterious and magical books.

Review by Leah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 1 star

I thought it took too long to get into the plot of the story. I felt sorry for Daniel Holmes because he lives in a care home and has no parents. I would recommend this book to people who like more of a magical story, but I prefer a horror book.

Review by Michaela - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

It was a very mysterious book and I was on edge for most of the story. The Nowhere Emporium is a fantasy and I like fantasy so I quite liked this book. If you like fantasy then I recommend this.

Review by Carter - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book I thought it was mysterious and it had lots of adventures in it. I really liked the bad guy, Vindictus. He was written really well!.He was like the character that only cares about himself. I really enjoyed this book.

Review by Lewis - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The book was really mysterious. Vindictius Sharpe, in my opinion, was a brilliant villain. Every chapter pulled me in. If you like mystery books then this one is for you!

Review by Evie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The book, to me, was like a rope. As I turned each page, it pulled me in closer. I felt like I met every single character. In my opinion, Caleb and Anja were some of the best characters. If you like mystery books then this is for you!

Review by Lois - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

The Nowhere Emporium is a very good book and gets the reader gripped right from the start.

Review by Ella - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

The Nowhere Emporium was and still is the best book I have ever read. The vocabulary is phenomenal. I rated this book 5 stars because of the adventure and mystery of the boy who could remember the Emporium. How?.... Every one who visits forgets. Well, that's all just another mystery.

Review by Nyrobi - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 4 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like the 'entrance' on the front cover, as it's inviting you in to the 'Nowhere Emporium' so that you can feel what it's like there. The vocabulary and descriptions were amazing; it was so magical and really captured my imagination. One thing I would change about the plot is the beginning. I thought that it was too rushed, as he basically just randomly runs into the 'Nowhere Emporium' after being chased by a gang of boys. I would write it as he is just walking down the street one day and a new shop has opened. Then he would come back the next day to look inside but it isn't there. He would then go back a few days later and it appears again. I would also make the look of the book less flashy, as it was incredibly distracting and actually hurt my eyes!

Review by Isobel - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought the characters were very well developed and I liked the book. I think the best bit was when he found the Emporium.

Review by Toby - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

This book provides a world of exciting wonders in a seemingly normal shop. Although an extremely entertaining read, there were some areas which were better than others. For example the story of Birdie seemed unnecessary to me. No matter my reservations on parts of the novel, it was an interesting storyline and I would avidly read any sequels that came out.

Review by Claire - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought 'The Nowhere Emporium' was brilliant! It was captivating and intriguing, and every time I came to the end of a chapter I wanted to read more. What I loved was that there was quite literally a Wonder behind every door, and you never knew what it would be or what could be lurking around the next corner. It could have been a cute unicorn or a deadly dragon, but you never know which door holds danger or beauty. You just have to try them. My favourite character is Daniel because he seems really clever and brave, the ideal superhero. I would recommend 'The Nowhere Emporium' to anyone. It isn't hard to read yet the plot is amazing. There are different parts of the story that will draw anybody in.

Review by Molly - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I think that the Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie is a brilliant book because it has suspense, creativity and imagination within one story. One of my favourite characters is Daniel Holmes partly because he’s one of the first characters in this book you see and it builds up suspense within the first couple of pages, like what’s going to happen next to Daniel. Daniel also got this book that’s open to mysterious rooms. I suggest this book to people that love suspense, mystery and magic

Review by Ryan - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I think The Nowhere Emporium is a really good book and I enjoyed it. I like the mystery because you want to carry on reading to find out what happens next. My favourite part about the book is when he creates rooms with the book because it’s really fun and I wish it actually could happen. I think this is a really good book and one of my favourites.

Review by Seriya - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book because it was a really thrilling book to read! I also couldn’t put it down. The characters in the book are described really well so when I finished it it felt like I had known Daniel Holmes, Ellie Silver and Lucien Silver for ever and I had hated Vindictus Sharpe! The book was so good that I didn’t put it down until I had finished it!

Review by Ella - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

I like it when Daniel learns to use the book and makes his own room and I love the rest of the emporium. I like Daniel and Ellie especially Ellie (I love her ghost like invisibility).

Review by Luca - Bramcote Park Business and Enterprise School
This book is rated 4 star

This is about a boy who finds himself in an Emporium and begins to train in it. But then the master disappears and he has to try and find the master, but part of it is about a mysterious book.

Review by Cassidy - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I liked the part when Daniel learned how to use the book and he creates lots of new rooms. I didn't enjoy the part when Mr Silver forgot his daughter's birthday.

Review by Holly - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was really enjoyable. I felt like the book was real, and I could picture the story in my head all the way through. Daniel and Mr Silver were great characters and I felt I could relate to Daniel.

Review by Toby - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was amazing. The plot built up tension and the characters had great back stories. My favourite character was Mr Silver because he was so mysterious. I also enjoyed the settings I could make in my head, like the Emporium

Review by Harry - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is eye-catching as well as engaging. With twists and turns round every corner, you can really connect with the characters. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery and adventure books.

Review by Isabelle - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

The book was very mysterious. At the start it was very confusing, but as you continued it started to make sense. It was a good book, but it wasn't my type of book.

Review by Ava - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I thought the book was great. I really liked it because Mr Silver and Daniel had similar childhoods. It's a great adventure book!!

Review by Nyles - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I liked this book because it had lots of twists and turns and glued you to every page, although sometimes I got confused about what was going on.

Review by Sophia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book because of the setting and problems. I didn't quite get the characters. I felt I didn't understand them. Though I thought this was a good book overall.

Review by Paige - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I really enjoyed the book because it made me want to keep on reading and I liked the idea of the wonders. Also I liked how the ending was both sad and happy. I would really like a sequel.

Review by Vinay - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I quite enjoyed this book because it was mysterious and is set somewhere most books are not, but I could not see it happening in real life.

Review by Cameron - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I quite enjoyed the book because of the setting of where it is. It was quite tense at times. If you like a book with danger and magic then this is the book for you.

Review by Joe - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed the book because of the setting and problems. I didn't quite get the characters. I felt I didn't understand them. But over all this was a good book.

Review by Paige - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Amazing! My favourite character is Ellie. She's got attitude, always up for an argument, but all in all an amazing character! The book draws you in, the plot takes a new turn every five minutes. It makes you wish it were real!!

Review by India - Minster School
This book is rated 2 star

I did not enjoy the book very much because it was the same storyline every time, every chapter. The story gave me a boring impression on the book. I did not have a favourite character, it was boring.

Review by Alison - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is amazing and really attracts you in. I couldn't stop reading it and when I tried to put it down, I simply couldn't! I would definitely recommend it to people who like mysteries and solving them.

Review by Elizabeth - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I found it really magical and I loved the fact that it went back in time randomly to help even out the story. I loved the plot and also the mystery and all the wonders Daniel now can magically control.

Review by Zoe - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

Very good book. I loved all the details, twists and turns of the plot, all the while keeping the amazing writing style.

Review by Patrick - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

The nowhere emporium is one of the best books that I have ever read. It reminds me of Harry Potter as Daniel (the main character) is an orphan and is taken away to a magical world of adventure. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Overall, it's just an amazing book!

Review by Mia - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

Amazing starting chapters, really makes you want to read on. It is one of the best books and I would recommend it to anyone who loves adventure, comedy and a really really really great book!

Review by Daisy - Fernwood School
This book is rated 5 star

The Nowhere Emporium is an amazing book about a boy called Daniel Holmes who finds a magical shop whilst being chased. He has to learn how to use The Nowhere Emporium and has to find out how to save it in its hour of need. The Nowhere Emporium really draws you in and it has a lot of mysteries. You have to remember lots of things as it has two stories in one that link and intertwine. I would definitely recommend it to any one who loves mysteries and magic.

Review by Cecily - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

An amazing story that draws you in from the first chapter.Daniel is a normal boy.He may have no parents but that doesn't matter.He finds a shop full of mouth dropping secrets.Will he and his friend Ellie be able to overcome the boundaries and save the shop from extinction?

Review by Hanabeth - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

Very gripping once you get through the first chapter. I was always reading when I had the time because I was loving every sentence! Some moments had perfect tension and - when needed - strong emotions leaked from every word. I loved hearing about the unique wonders and the time change is fabulous. It's a very wonderful book and I loved it all. I would recommend it to people aged 11+ and I would definitely read this again!

Review by Emma - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

‘The Nowhere Emporium’ is a brilliant book. Its style of writing fits perfectly with the plot and the characters, making an amazingly written book. All aspiring writers will have a lot to learn from this writing style. It is full of mystery and adventure. It is so unique and the idea was perfectly executed. The description of the settings and the characters is so good you can picture the whole story in your mind.

Review by Rebekah - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book. It was filled with magic and hidden surprises, and I couldn't put it down. I loved Ellie, she was a great character, especially because of her relationship with the other characters. The main plot is about a boy called Daniel and his adventures in the Nowhere Emporium. There are also some chapters set in the past of the owner of the Emporium, and these give a little insight as to how the Nowhere Emporium came to be.

Review by Isabelle - Minster School
This book is rated 4 star

I thought this book was very good because the idea and the plot was very creative and exciting. However I thought the book could be a bit predictable at some points and there could have been more tension created, and more dramatic (unexpected) events. My favourite part is during the time when the Nowhere Emporium is fading because this is the most exciting part. My favourite character is Mr Silver, because even though he's got astonishing magical ability he is also (mostly) good natured. He kind of reminds me of a certain wizard who goes by the name of Dumbledore! People who enjoy fantasy and magic, as well as adventure, will enjoy this book because a fair amount of all these elements is included.

Review by Ei - Minster School
This book is rated 5 star

I enjoyed the book very much as it was like a mixture of fantasy and magic. What seems simple ends up turning out to be quite complicated, with a long history. At the end it was all about brain versus brawn, with brain having to be cunning and clever as everything goes wrong.

Review by Zhenguo - Minster School
This book is rated 3 star

I found this book a bit boring but sometimes it was OK. My favourite characters were Daniel and Ellie because they had unique personalities.

Review by Liza - Minster School