Suitcase of Stars (Enchanted Emporium)

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9781434265197: Suitcase of Stars (Enchanted Emporium)

Have you heard of Cinderella's glass slipper? What about Aladdin's lamp? In this world, there are many magical items -- but only one place where they're safe: the Enchanted Emporium! For centuries, seven families have competed for ownership of the Emporium -- and some of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on the powerful relics housed within. Only young Abby Lily and her friend, Finley, have what it takes to stop the Emporium from falling into the wrong hands.

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About the Author:

Pierdomenico Baccalario was born on March 6, 1974, in Acqui Terme, a small and beautiful town of Piedmont, Italy. While attending law school, Baccalario won an award for his novel, The Road Warrior. It was one of the most beautiful days of his entire life. From that moment on, Baccalario wrote and published novels.

Iacopo Bruno once had a very special friend who had everything he could possibly want. You see, ever since the two of them were kids, Bruno's friend owned a magical pencil with two perfectly sharp ends. Whenever he wanted something, he drew it and it came to life! Once, he drew a spaceship and the both boarded it and went on a nice little tour around the galaxy. Another time, he drew a sparkling red plane that was very similar to the Red Baron's, only a little smaller. He piloted the two of them inside a giant volcano that had erupted only an hour earlier. Whenever Bruno's friend was tired, he drew a big bed. They dreamed through the night until the morning light shone through the drawn shades. This great friend of his eventually moved to China . . . but he left his magic pencil with Bruno!

From Booklist:

Fresh off the Century Quartet, Baccalario (City of Wind, 2011) brings middle readers another fun fantasy adventure with the new Enchanted Emporium series. Seven families—their names only known to one another—fight for the right to own the titular Emporium, which houses fairy-tale artifacts. Finley McPhee, young Scottish adventurer and collector of “rare finds,” gets caught up in the centuries-old fight, which involves giants, riddles, self-propelling pants, and a mysterious suitcase of stars. He meets Aiby Lily, one of the current protectors of the Emporium, and makes fast friends with the garrulous girl. Along with local dressmaker Meb McCameron, they adventure through the small town of Applecross, and Finley discovers he has a more interesting life than he ever expected. The story builds slowly, but it gradually picks up speed and zips along to the conclusion, with the promise of more series entries in the future. And for a special bonus, illustrated catalog pages for mystical items like Golden Ink, Spirit Powder, and the Trip Stick are peppered throughout the tale. Grades 4-6. --Stacey Comfort

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