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Publisher's Note:  

In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?

Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?

Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink?

Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather?

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.



The Candymakers

by Wendy Mass

Review Date:
04/03/2014

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass is a charming, middle grade mystery.  Channeling a little bit of Willy Wonka, four contestants are invited to a candy factory with a challenge to create a winning new candy. The book is broken into sections, with the same period of time and events being related through the different perspectives of the four main characters:  Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip.  This is the vehicle the author uses to set up the mysterious events.  It is also a great way to show middle grade students that everyone's perspective is different.

 

This book is heftier than the usual middle grade book, clocking in at 453 pages and it did begin a little slowly.  However, it gains momentum and is not a difficult read.  Fans of all things candy and of mysteries such as The Mysterious Benedict Society will especially like this novel.  A fun concept with endearing and sweet characters!


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

 

Violence/Gore:  Report of injury in accident many years ago; occasional kicking of shins by characters; characters briefly struggle over an item.

 

Sex/Nudity:  None



Mature Subject Matter:  

None



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

None



Reviewed By Cindy
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