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Book Review

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

Overall Book 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

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!