Nicholas paused in the doorway to look back. The books sat upon the shelves in heavy shadows now, like hidden objects in a mystery. As if every unread book were not mystery enough, even in the light.
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, by Trenton Lee Stewart
And I remembered. I would not be the person I am without the authors who made me what I am–the special ones, the wise ones, sometimes just the ones who got there first.
Neil Gaiman, Newberry Award acceptance speech 2009
His inventory is eclectic; there’s no evidence of pattern or purpose other than, I suppose, his own personal taste. So, no teenage wizards or vampire police here. That’s a shame, because this is exactly the kind of store that makes you want to buy a book about a teenage wizard. This is the kind of store that makes you want to be a teenage wizard.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Don’t ever forget your history…or any wicked soul can lie to you and get away with it.
Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos