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The Candymakers [Paperback]

Wendy Mass
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3 Oct 2011
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?

Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?

Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?

Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it's a feather?

Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook?

This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316002593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316002592
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Mass is the author of the ALA Schneider Family Award winner A Mango-Shaped Space, Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, and Every Soul a Star. Wendy lives in Sparta, New Jersey with her husband and her twin daughter and son --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Dec 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Fans of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will want to check out Wendy Mass's THE CANDYMAKERS, and if nothing else, the colorful cover is sure to attract interested readers.

Life is Sweet Candy Company is hosting a candy-making contest. Four contestants will be trying to create the winning candy recipe for Region Three. They are to report to the candy company two days before the contest, for a whirlwind tour and a chance to get acquainted with the equipment they will be using for the contest.

The four contestants include Daisy, Philip, Miles, and Logan. Each one has a very personal reason for wanting to be involved in the contest; reasons that don't necessarily include wanting to win. Their motivations include revenge, a secret spy mission, and the desire to make candy-making parents proud.

Each contestant presents their story to the reader. They may all be at the same location and subject to the same contest rules, but each has a unique twist to their personal story, filling THE CANDYMAKERS with plenty of surprises.

Author Wendy Mass once again proves she is a master storyteller.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Candymakers 11 Nov 2010
By James F. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't know how she does it, but Wendy Mass just hits it out of the park with every book I read by her. The way she writes her characters make them compelling, realistic, and hard to leave behind when the book is over. Even though the book is 450 pages (it's a surprisingly quick read), I still felt sad when I got to the last page and had to leave these wonderful characters behind.

What's fun about this book is that it's told in 5 parts- the first four give each character to give their own account of the two days spent at the candy factory and then the fifth goes back to Logan for the night before and day of the contest. It was interesting to read what each character was thinking during a particular scene but it also didn't get repetitive as the same scenes weren't focused on in each part. Not only that, but I really enjoyed the callbacks to previous sections and having to piece the puzzle together as the story went on. What was also cool was the various prior connections between the four kids that come out as the novel goes on.

The humor in this book was fantastic. I was laughing out loud many times during the course of the book. It was wonderful. Also, candy will have to be present while reading this novel because the kids take a tour of a candy factory and of course have to make their own candy as well, and Mass doesn't spare on the descriptions. It was sad for me because I was poor at the time of reading it so I couldn't go out and buy some candy to munch on. It was amazing too to read all the fun candy names and descriptions she came up with for the factory to have, as well as the contest entries too.

Overall, this is a wonderful middle-grade novel with a fun and fast storyline but with some great depth to it. A must-read!
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sweet" book! 11 Oct 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was fabulous! Told from 4 kid's perspective, this book went into every kid's thoughts and ideas. A book about true friendship, finding yourself, and most importantly, CANDY! Wendy Mass has done it again, another fantastic book! This book features three 12 year old kids and one who's ... older, tweens will love this book as have I, an eleven and a half year old :) If you have read this review and are considering buying the book, buy it!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 26 Dec 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is great! I totally recomend it for kids my age Junior High or even sixth graders. The book is split into four parts. Each of the four parts is about each of the kids, each part has excitement in it and a little suspense! I won't tell anymore. I hope you love the book!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was...... 12 Feb 2012
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was amazing. I am 12 years old and I found that this was enjoyable. I was hesitant buying this book with my own money but believe me it was all worth it. Not to be mean but DO NOT listen to the ONLY 1 star coment on this page. I found it sad finding out Logan's secret, shocked learning Daisey's, and well you get the point, I loved this book. If you are not a fan of mystery, suspense, friendship, laughter, and comedy then you can stop reading this comment. But if you are you should pick this book. I read ALOT of books so I am gonna tell you a secret, I haven't read this book since December of 2011 and I still remember all the characters and the plot, why am I telling you this well it's because that's how good the book is. Candy lovers enjoy:)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and lively read 26 Jan 2011
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Annual Candymaking Contest is about to get underway, and three hopeful 12-year-old candymakers are heading to the Life Is Sweet candy factory for two days of training before the Region III competition kicks off. Miles O'Leary, Daisy Carpenter and Philip Ransford III will be welcomed to the factory, owned by the Sweet family, and allowed use of the ingredients and facilities there. Already at the factory is the fourth competitor, Logan Sweet, the Candymakers' son and heir to the Life Is Sweet legacy. Between dreamy Miles, clever Daisy, ambitious Philip and candy prodigy Logan, the contest should be fierce. But in THE CANDYMAKERS by Wendy Mass, readers will be surprised as the kids' real motives (and identities) are revealed.

Daisy Carpenter is a bright and cheerful girl but a mysterious one as well. Besides being funny and kind-hearted, she is amazingly strong, reads romance novels when she should be working on her contest entry, is in the habit of talking to herself, and arrives at Life Is Sweet on a horse. Despite her overall confidence, Daisy's contest entry remains an inedible pile of green goo.

About a year ago, Miles saw a girl drown. He was in a rowboat with his parents and saw a young girl, who was being chased by bees, head into the water, never to emerge. Since then he has been obsessed with death and the afterlife, and torn apart by guilt because he was unable to save her. The librarian who works at the library where he spends much of his time (often looking for secret or magical messages in books) suggested he enter the candy contest, and he's excited to get inside Life Is Sweet, a factory once famous for its annual picnics and tours. He's inspired to create a sweet honey bee candy in memory of the girl he never knew but thinks about constantly.

Philip also remembers the factory tours, but not as fondly as Miles. When he was small he toured the factory with his father and met a friend. But a random accident forced Philip to leave the tour abruptly, and ever since he has harbored an anger at Life Is Sweet and the little boy he met that day. That little boy just happened to be Logan Sweet. Philip is abrasive and determined, but deep down is nursing a hurt and sadness that perhaps only the candy contest can heal.

Logan has lived almost entirely inside Life Is Sweet --- not that he's complaining! The factory is a marvelous place full of confectionery delights and adults who love him unconditionally. But when Miles, Philip and Daisy show up, Logan begins to wonder if he's missing out on friendship and other normal things. As he gets to know his competition and learns what has compelled each of them to enter the contest, Logan's dreams of winning with his Bubbletastic ChocoRocket begin to seem less important than making friends and helping them become stronger and happier kids.

Imagine Roald Dahl's classic competition for the Chocolate Factory, set in contemporary America where the entrants have to prove their worth not only through the strength of their moral character but by creating a new candy, one the world has never tried and one that tastes delicious. The descriptions of the sugary and sweet treats here are mouthwatering, and Life Is Sweet is an imaginative and fun setting. The story is told from the perspective of Logan, Miles, Daisy and Philip in turn, and each character is interesting, sympathetic and full of serious surprises. Mass plays with perspective, perception and identity, and the themes here are at once fantastical (spies and secret ingredients, magic and portents) and universal (friendship, ethics, the art of creation). It is this blend of the terrifically unique and the importantly everyday, written in a lively and exciting style, that makes THE CANDYMAKERS such a charming read.

--- Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
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