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The Candymakers [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Mass
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8–Children running amok in a candy factory, immortalized by Roald Dahl, is one story line that bears repeating. At the Life Is Sweet factory, four 12-year-olds gather to create new goodies for the annual Confectionery Association Conference. Logan, the Candymaker's son, dreams of winning his family's respect. Miles's parents hope the experience will help him forget a tragic accident he couldn't prevent. Daisy is fascinated by the factory, but for what reason? And Philip scribbles in his secret notebook, determined to win at all costs. When the factory's secret ingredient is stolen, the children find a common purpose: to foil the plot by creating the best candy ever. The tidy conclusion has a few contrivances, but none that will bother children. Mass has crafted a solid mystery dipped in sweet candy-making details. Character development moves a lengthy story forward in smooth increments. As each child's story emerges, the mystery becomes one bit clearer, making this a real page-turner. The characters are intricate, flawed heroes with whom readers will identify. The book's subtle message of teamwork over greed and growth through friendship will resonate with readers and educators alike. A magical setting filled with conveyor belts, chocolate jungles, and beehives makes it clear what the youngsters are attempting to save. Give this mouthwatering confection to children who like Trenton Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society (Little, Brown, 2007) and other quirky mysteries.–Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

It starts with unmistakable echoes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) and eventually features a musical candy a la Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s “Toot Sweets,” but Mass’ latest novel ends up being a treat all its own. Four 12-year-olds gather at a candy factory to participate in the local segment of a nationwide contest to create a new and delectable piece of candy. One contestant is the only child of the factory’s owner, known here as the Candymaker. Another boy is obsessed with allergies and the afterlife, while the third boy is unfriendly and intent on winning. The lone girl, Daisy, seems to be sweetness itself but displays great physical strength as well as odd behavior. Mass skillfully presents the two and a half days of the kids’ apprenticeship from the perspective of each of the four contestants. At over four hundred pages, this is not a lightning-fast read, but it reveals a multitude of mysteries, explaining all the clues about misunderstandings, spies, and sabotage that Mass has dropped along the way. Attentive, candy-loving readers will be richly rewarded. Grades 4-6. --Abby Nolan

Product Details

  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2ETU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Candymakers November 11, 2010
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!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Sweet" book! October 11, 2010
By A Customer
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!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and lively read January 26, 2011
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.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! December 25, 2010
By A Customer
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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was...... February 12, 2012
A Kid's Review
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:)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Abandon Until "Daisy" December 31, 2011
Format:Paperback
Just finished this book and absolutely LOVED it!! I am a fifth grade teacher with a fair amount of knowledge of children's lit. I read this book because I thought the different perspectives might be interesting to discuss with my students. The book is a little on the slow side until it gets to the section on "Daisy". Once this section is read, you will read non stop to the end!! I love it when this happens in a good read. I do have one student who has read this and also loved it. I can't wait to share this with all my 5th graders and get their perspective/thoughts!!
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Published 8 days ago by Rowe Hyong Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Lots of suspense! Hooked me from the start! WARNING: PLOT...
This is a great book, and I would recommend it to all who are reading my review, and many more. The fact that the perspective keeps changing focus from one character to the next... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It was great with a big twist. I loved it. Everyone had their own story. It is very hard to put it down
Published 18 days ago by H.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I love this book. As a big reader, take it from me. My bookshelf is stuffed to the rim. Rarely a book makes me want to read it again, and again. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mike Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book was good. Not my favorite and probably good for an 8 or 9 year old.
Each chapter is written by another charrecter, so it may be confusing. Read more
Published 25 days ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically perfect in every way
I fall in love with this book every time I read it. It grabs your attention, and has enough suspense to keep it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Best book I ever read could not put it down. Daisy is cool. I need seven more words la di do late di do
Published 1 month ago by Maggie dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book.
I chose this rating because it was a really good book. I would recommend this book to anyone with an imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomest Book EVER!!
I loved this book because it told the same story from 4 different points of view! It was so cool to see how each character saw the story and how you figured some out about one... Read more
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Wendy Mass is the author of "A Mango-Shaped Space" and "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life," published by Little, Brown in November 2006. She lives with her family in Sparta, NJ.

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