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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
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Published 2011 by Recorded Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lila Well, it depends on your reading speed.
Debra In what way? I would give it a reading level of 4th- 6th grade. A read-aloud level of 3rd and up. The story is retold from various character viewpoint…moreIn what way? I would give it a reading level of 4th- 6th grade. A read-aloud level of 3rd and up. The story is retold from various character viewpoint so you get the same story retold different times. So you find out what Philip is scribbling in his notebook and where Daisy went when she disappeared to the bathroom. I liked that. Each person has a secret and only they can reveal it. And, of course, the biggest secret is... No, I can't tell you that. Give it a try.
This would be a great book to read aloud in a classroom and get the kids to guess what they think is going on.(less)
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Claire Vanderlaan
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Do not read this book if you are hungry. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! The Candymakers is a clever middle grade book about four children in a national candy-making contest. Yummy!

The book begins from Logan’s perspective. He actually lives in the candy factory, and his account of things is pretty nuts-and-bolts. Ah, but then the point-of-view changes to the other kids (Miles, Daisy, and Philip). That’s when things really get interesting! With each perspective, I learned something new. I also
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Theresa Flores
It's time for the annual candy making competition! At the Life is Sweet candy factory, things are definitely much more exciting. Four 12-year-olds with their own stories to tell: Logan; the Candymaker's son, Daisy; a girl with a huge secret, Miles; an innocent thoughtful boy with a hidden past, and Phillip; a young contestant seeking revenge. As the Confectionary's Association's Annual Convention goes nearer, the contestants find themselves all facing an unlikely turn of events.

A book of unlik
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The Library Lady
Important note:I got a copy of this at ALA in June, passed it to my 11 year old, and she really enjoyed it. That's a far better recommendation than mine or any other grownups...
This is being compared to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which 5 kids win a contest to tour a magical candy factory. But here 4 kids are at a wonderful but very non-magical candy factory to COMPETE in a contest, and we see the 2 days they spend together in turn from each child's point of view--and each child's voic
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Sonya
The Candymakers is a well written book by Wendy Mass.The beginning of this book is retold 4 different times, each for one of the characters perspectives. Logan, Miles, Daisy and Phillip are finally 12, old enough to enter the Candy- making competition, something they've been waiting to enter for a long time. This book is fun, and great for readers with a sweet tooth!
Zoejimmy Rollins
Great book! A good surprise around every corner. It made me hungry. :)
Hannah
Officially one of my "favorite books"! I have always been a Wendy Mass fan but "The Candymakers" is a stunning, sparkling addition to my little online library.

Logan, the Candymaker's son has been plotting the Bubbletastic ChocoRocket for years, and now is the time to prove to himself, his parents, and the whole world, that he is a true candymaker. (view spoiler)
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Tamsen
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 alway
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Eli
This is a witty book abut the most famous candy factory in a fictional world. Many children are competing to make the best new candy invention. This is a ritual which has been used before to find the next owner of the candy factory. Nate, the previous owners son, is determined to make the best candy. But will he?


This is a great book, I personally loved it. If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend the book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library or The Candy Shop War!
Mo
I absolutely loved this book. I was worried that it would be too close to Charlie and Chocolate Factory but it's very different. The story is fun and unexpected and the characters are totally loveable.
Ayia
Yaaaaaaay!!!!! I figured out how to write a review. I think.... Anyways, I really hated this book. Sorry to all those people who like it a ton and gave it five stars and stuff but it sucked. So far.

My reasoning for why I do not like this book:
1. It is sooooooooo repetitive. Yes, I know, you are reading it from many points of views, but couldn't it- I don't know... Just have the next main character just take it where the book left off?
2. I'm getting bored reading it. There's nothing interesting a
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Anna Lembke
This book was a delight to read! I loved the candy competition, it was insanely creative and fun. I also enjoyed the chapters told from different characters POV's because it made the story refreshing and fun. The way all of these kid's stories blended together at the end was amazing.
The book was all great until I got up to the ending. I loved this book, enough to give it five stars, until the ending came. The entire book had been a conspiratorial plot that resulted into a tangled conscious of c
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Logan Sudholz
I thought this book was just too long and not very clear....i guess it was ok....
Dian
Pertama baca buku Wendy Mass itu Mango-Shaped Space, dalam bahasa Inggris, karena diprovokasi Zen XD dan terprovokasi. Bukunya keren banget, dan idenya engga biasa. Lalu, baca buku berikutnya, Every Soul a Star, juga dalam bahasa Inggris, dan masih saja terpukau. Idenya keren, padahal seperti biasa-biasa saja!

Lalu dapet buku Candymaker ini dalam bahasa Indonesia. Baca beberapa halaman, dan... kok seperti bukunya Roald Dahl, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, cuma buku ini tentang pabrik permen, buka
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Genevieve Goldstein
The four main characters are Phillip, a rude boy who wants to win everything and who's father wants to take over LIFE IS SWEET chocolate and candy factory. There is Daisy, a 13 year old girl who is not supposed to be in the contest, but is a spy trying to get the secret ingredient, but it's for Phillips dad,so she tries to sabotage it. There's Miles who Is a ordinary boy who talks about death and is allergic to a lot of strange things. Finally, there is Logan who lives in LIFE IS SWEET chocolate ...more
Josiah
"'Why do you like books so much?' he asked.
Miles answered without taking his face away from the window. 'You never know what you'll learn when you open one. And if it's a story, you sort of fall into it. Then you live there for a while, instead of, you know, living here.'"

The Candymakers, P. 118

"Some people have scars on the inside, and other people's are on the outside. It shouldn't matter."

—Logan Sweet, The Candymakers, P. 423

I really think that this might be my surprise book of the yea
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Wendy Hall
Haven had been asking me to read this book for many months. She loved it and was sure that I would. I finally got a kindle and it was the first full book I read on it, since it was already on our account. The first section was not what I wanted to read. Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Mary Poppins - very heavy on the candy and the adjectives, low on plot content. I threatened to Haven to stop reading numerous times. Heck, I don't even like candy (for real - I don't). She begged me ...more
Emma
OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK!! LOVED IT!!! Wendy Mass is definitely one of my favorite authors, and this book blew me away. It's really creative because you get to read the story from each of the characters' perspectives, just like her book Every Soul A Star. And I will admit, at the very beginning I was a bit bored, but everything changed after I started reading from the other characters' points of views! I just grew to love each character, and my views of them changed so much! I ended up think ...more
Lisa the Librarian
Adorable offering by Wendy Mass, who is becoming one of my favorite authors for the upper elementary age group.

Mixing a bit of the current cooking contests craze (such as Cupcake Wars, and Food Network Challenge) minus the TV aspect, and a smidge of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a whole lot of warmth and humor Wendy Mass has created a charming tale of competition, teamwork, varied personalities, and friendship.

I really liked the complexity of the four main characters. Told from all four
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Elise Korngut
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass is a thrilling, funny, and crazy book that is full of many sweet surprises. This book took my love of candy and the great writing of Wendy Mass and made a amazing story about these four kids who got invited to make their own original candy for a candy contest. This book had so many surprising parts that really changed the way you thought about things in the book. There was this one part of the book were I thought one thing about this character and then I read just o ...more
Shirley
If you liked "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, or books with a good mystery....you'll love reading "The Candymakers"! This was such a fun book to read, and kept me wondering how the ending would turn out.

Four children have been chosen to compte in the national candymaking contest and each one really wants to win. Logan, a Candymaker's son, has lived his whole life around sweets and candy, and wants to come up with a candy creation that will make his family proud. Miles went thr
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Taylor
The Candymakers
Wendy Mass
453 pages
realistic fiction

The Candymakers is about 32 12-year-old contestants competing in a candy making contest. Four of them are making their creation at the Life Is Sweet candy factory, where one of the contestants lives because he is the Candymaker's son. The other three are Philip- a rude boy with a secret about the factory, Miles-a shy, know it all, who loves the afterlife, and Daisy-the only girl out of the four, but definitely the toughest and only has one reaso
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Camille
This book was amazing, and very clever! My favorite characters are the cute and kind Logan and the intelligent and musically inclined Phillip. The book was unique, in that it spanned a period of about two to three days from four different perspectives of similar times. It was fascinating to see the same scene multiple times in different eyes. It started from Logan's perspective as the son of the Candymaker as he gives a tour to three other children of his home a candy factory reminiscent of Will ...more
Destinee Sutton
I picked this up at ALA with much excitement. It was described to me as "Willy Wonka meets Mysterious Benedict Society" and I liked at least one of Wendy Mass's previous books. As I started in on it, I was pleased to find decent jokes, a quick-ish pace, and lots of mouth-watering candy descriptions. The structure of the book is interesting too: Each of the four main characters (Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip) narrate separate sections of the book. So after we've read Logan's POV, we go back in ...more
Julie
Wendy Mass is an amazing authos. Two of her books, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and Every Soul a Star are some of my favorite young adult stories. The Candymakers, her latest book is targeted for the middle grade audience and is a combination of Every Soul a Star and the classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story revolves around a nation-wide search, for a 12-year old child who can make the most delicious and creative new candy. The four contestants include Logan, the candymake ...more
Truly
Siapa yang tidak mengenal kembang gula alias permen? Rasa manis yang membelai lidah saat permen dikulum atau saat sepotong coklat lumer sungguh menyenangkan. Sebuah penelitian malah menyatakan cokleta tidak membuatb gemuk! Ups... untuk yang ini kita bahas nanti saja yahhh

Masalahnya permen di tangan Logan, Miles, Daisy dan Philip serta Pabrik Permen Life Is Sweet punya makna tersendiri dari sekedar camilan. Setiap setahun sekali, diadakan kontes perman tahunan di Region III. Pabrik Permen Life Is
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Pandora
Another very warm feel good story by Wendey Mass. At frist when I started to reading the story I was wondering what sort of endurance contest I was in for. Especially when I realized that the same events were going to seen from four differents points of view. The book is very long and I wasn't sure this was going to work. However the story does pick up and each characters adds details that enrich the story.

The factory is similiar to Willy Wonka's factory in that it is a speical protected world.
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Margareta
Once again I love books with some sort of candy involved, I read this over the summer and I couldn't put it down! Its about these four kids who have very different lives but still entire a candy making completion to fight for the best candy ever made! And the person who won... well you just have to read the book!
Heather
This is a heavy duty read for a 10 year old, but fortunately I'm not 10. I read it aloud to my daughter over the last few weeks and found it passably fun. She loved it! This is a mystery and was filled with delightful cliffhangers that made my daughter beg me to keep reading at the end of each chapter.

The characters were super fun (if not entirely believable) and the dialogue was a hoot to read aloud. The writing isn't anything special, but there was an atmosphere about the novel that felt comfo
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Stacy
Liked it! Didn't love it. Totally reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory---contestants competing at a candy factory, and all. However, the difference in C & the CF is when you consider those contestants...what you saw was what you got and you got to see what THEY got in the end. In other words, they were exactly as they appeared to be. None of the four contestants in Candymakers are what they first appear, and as their secrets finally surface, their real stories come together and w ...more
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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