The Elsewhere Emporium is here… Are you ready?

We only have to wait a tiny bit longer… The Elsewhere Emporium is reappearing 13 September 2018! In the carnival-tastic sequel to Ross MacKenzie’s The Nowhere Emporium, we meet some new faces and catch up with our favourites too.

Read the extract below for a first glimpse of one of the new characters. Who is he? And what does he have to do with the Emporium?


Mayfair, London, 1967

When the man approached Number 120 he stopped at the foot of the steps and cast his eye over the building. There he stood for some time, examining every brick, every pane of glass in every window. When he was satisfied, he climbed the steps. He put his ear to the fine black door, listening intently. Then he pulled his head away, removed one of his gloves, reached out and traced an invisible shape on the door with his finger. He popped the finger in his mouth and rolled the taste around.

Only when all of this was done did the man in the crimson scarf at last reach into the pocket of his coat, bring out a key, open the door and enter the house.

He closed the front door behind him softly and took off his coat and scarf. He hung them on an iron coat stand by the door, and turned to observe the hallway, painted in shades of shadow and dust. Inhaling deeply, the man smelled the cold emptiness of the tall house, the stale carpets and fabrics, the rotting wood, the dampness.

The man’s mouth twitched very slightly at the corners. Not quite a smile, but almost. He reached into the pocket of his suit jacket and brought out a small, plain-looking book with black-edged pages and a black cover. When he held the book, it was small enough to sit comfortably in his palm, and it fell open at a particular passage. The book opened here because this text had been used many, many times before. The man in the crimson scarf himself had read these words countless times, and the fingerprints of his predecessors spanning generations were imprinted on those pages.

He ran a finger down the page, shook his head in appreciation of the craftsmanship. Every time he came upon a piece of magic such as this, which was rare to say the least, a part of him would sadden, because magicians these days just couldn’t create magic this special any more. The art had gone out of it. This enchantment – and that’s what it was, an enchantment – came from a rich era in the history of magic.

He read the enchantment aloud, his lips curling around the crisp words, and as he spoke the house filled with crackling energy. When he reached the final few words, he slowed and closed his eyes, relishing every syllable.

Silence.

Eyes still shut, he breathed in and found that the smells of the empty house, the damp and dust, were gone, replaced by a cocktail of aromas: burning oil lamps and lush, thick carpet, polished wood and a crackling coal fire.

“Hem hem.”

The man in the scarf opened his eyes. He smiled, as he did every time he witnessed the results of the enchantment.

The house had transformed.

Where there had been shadow, there was now golden lamplight. Where there had been dust and torn wallpaper, broken mirrors, fallen paintings, everything was now spick and span, rich and gleaming.

“Welcome back to the Bureau, Mr Ivy, sir. How was the journey?”

The Elsewhere Emporium internal illustration


More about The Elsewhere Emporium

Discover the highly anticipated sequel to Ross MacKenzie’s Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner The Nowhere Emporium. In The Elsewhere Emporium, an invisible criminal has stolen the legendary ‘shop from nowhere’. Can Daniel and Ellie save it before the mysterious culprit succeeds in their quest for revenge?

Haven’t had time to read The Nowhere Emporium yet? Don’t worry! You can pick it up here.

#ReturnToTheEmporium with @discoverkelpies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Remember to tell us who you think Mr Ivy is!

The Elsewhere Emporium: An exclusive extract!

Are you ready?! The Elsewhere Emporium is published SIX WEEKS TODAY. To tide you over until then, we’re giving you lucky DiscoverKelpies fans an exclusive sneak peek of this Wonder-filled (get it?) new novel. In Ross MacKenzie’s highly anticipated sequel to The Nowhere Emporium, the ‘shop from nowhere’ gets a new look. Read on to find out more!


An exclusive extract from The Elsewhere Emporium

“So… you really like it?”

“I do.” Ellie smiled.

“Great! D’you see what I’ve done? The Emporium is so huge, and before it was all so dark and gloomy and… a bit scary to be honest. So I thought, what would make people happy? What would make them comfortable? What sort of place would they want to discover and enjoy? And then I thought, well everyone loves a carnival, don’t they? So here we are. Every single Wonder in a never-ending city of tents and stalls and rides. Look, over there’s the Leap of Faith, the first Wonder I ever saw, remember?”

Ellie laughed at her friend’s enthusiasm. “‘Course I do!”

“See that one there? With the coloured flags? That’s the lion-taming room. And the big gold tent over there? There’s a maze inside made of marshmallow. If you get lost you just eat your way out.”
Daniel stopped then, fished a golden pocket watch from inside his grey suit jacket. “Blimey, look at the time! We have to open up.”

In the very centre of the Carnival of Wonders stood a wrought iron archway, hung with a familiar pair of rich red velvet curtains. When Daniel and Ellie pushed through them, the sounds and smells of the carnival, the music, the dusky caramel sky all disappeared, and they were standing in the shop front. This had been the first part of the Nowhere Emporium Daniel had ever encountered, when he’d stumbled in accidentally off the street one day, and the sight of the uncountable number of treasures, the smell of dust, polish and old books, still made him smile, took him back to those exciting early days. The changes he was making inside the Emporium were necessary. The place was too big, too hard to navigate and control, but this was the one part he would never alter. It was perfect.

Daniel walked over to Mr Silver’s old desk and opened a drawer. He brought out a book bound in stiff black leather, the title shining up at him in golden letters.

The Elsewhere Emporium - Daniel Holmes book title

 

Internal illustration from The Elsewhere Emporium


More about The Elsewhere Emporium

The Elsewhere Emporium coverDiscover the highly anticipated sequel to Ross MacKenzie’s Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner The Nowhere Emporium. In The Elsewhere Emporium, an invisible criminal has stolen the legendary ‘shop from nowhere’. Can Daniel and Ellie save it before the mysterious culprit succeeds in their quest for revenge?

Haven’t had time to read The Nowhere Emporium yet? Don’t worry! You can pick it up here.

#ReturnToTheEmporium with @discoverkelpies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The Nowhere Emporium wins Blue Peter Best Story Award and Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016

Tweet Image - NowhereThe Kelpies team are all thrilled to announce that Ross MacKenzie’s dazzling novel The Nowhere Emporium has won Best Story in this year’s the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016

Of the Blue Peter Award Ross says:

It’s always a great moment to receive any sort of award, but to win The Blue Peter Book Awards for Best Story is extra special. Firstly, because it’s an award chosen by the readers. It’s fantastic and important that children have a voice, and I’m so glad they liked The Nowhere Emporium enough to give it their vote. And secondly, it’s special because Blue Peter was such a huge part of my childhood. I’m delighted and stunned to become a tiny part of the show’s history and I shall be humming that famous theme tune for the foreseeable future! And of course I always wanted a badge.

And of the Scottish Children’s Book Award Ross is also rather ecstatic:Print

I’m so delighted to have won the SCBA for The Nowhere Emporium! Scottish Book Trust do such an amazing job, and these awards are extra-special because it’s the readers who make the final decision. Children don’t often get the chance to have a voice on this sort of scale, and I believe it’s important for them to know that they have that voice and that their opinions matter. Long may the SCBA continue!’’

Ross MacKenzie

And if  you haven’t read this wondrous book yet… why not!? The Nowhere Emporium was also the winner of the North East Book Awards 2015 and has been shortlisted for the Brilliant Book Awards and the Lincolnshire Book Awards.