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The Candymakers (The Candymakers #1)

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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 ch
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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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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Rissa Flores
Jan 22, 2013 Rissa Flores rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-review
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 unli
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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
Mar 24, 2013 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Vonia
This book reminds me why I always tell fellow readers to give young adult books a chance. The only complaint I have about The Candymakers is due to the fact that these books are unfortunately targeted towards young adult readers rather than adults that are young at heart. (Guess which category I fall into?)

On that note, the only real problems I had were the same reasons this was not targeted to me. Again, unfortunately. The sentences were more concise and simple then I believe necessary for tee
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Zoejimmy Rollins
Great book! A good surprise around every corner. It made me hungry. :)
Destinee Sutton
Jul 01, 2010 Destinee Sutton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-12
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
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
Janie Panda Lee
Such a sweet and amazing book!
Eli
Aug 20, 2014 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lelita P.
Nov 08, 2014 Lelita P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 / 5


Saya butuh waktu cukup lama untuk melewati bagian-bagian awalnya, yang bagi saya agak membosankan dan terlalu "Charlie" (merujuk pada Charlie and the Chocolate Factory karya Roald Dahl). Tapi setelah berhasil melewati bagian pertama itu, saya mulai tenggelam dalam ceritanya. The Candy Makers ini layaknya sebuah puzzle karena dikupas dari berbagai sudut pandang tapi pada akhirnya semua merujuk pada satu kesimpulan yang sama, membentuk satu cerita utuh ketika setiap keping telah diletakkan
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Tamsen
Nov 16, 2012 Tamsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Emma
Dec 23, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Astrid Lim
Enjoyable! Candy factory, food galore, sweetness overload, quirky friendship and some juicy puzzles. Really my kind of middle grade book! The unique part of this book is the way Wendy Mass wrote the story. We were given the opportunity to see the meaningful two days of candy making competition from different of views of the four main characters: Logan, the son of the Candy Maker; Miles, the depressed kid who likes to talk about the afterlife; April, the mysterious girl who has the most wonderful ...more
Shandy Yeo
Apr 19, 2014 Shandy Yeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kisah yang sangat manis. Lebih manis daripada permen manapun di dunia. Awalnya, saya mengira ini adalah novel fantasi. Ternyata saya salah. Novel ini lebih mengarah ke fiksi ilmiah. Tepatnya literatur anak dengan tambahan sedikit fiksi ilmiah.

Cerita dalam novel ini tentang empat anak yang mengikuti kontes membuat permen tahunan saat usia dua belas tahun. Novel ini menceritakan kisah empat orang anak dari sudut pandang masing-masing dan tentunya tiap tokoh saling berhubungan. Dari bagian awal hi
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Abigail
Mar 13, 2015 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! Beware, it gets you craving chocolate. This book is about 4 kids that want to win a confectionery contest for the most craveable candy the nation has seen. The book switches from the perspective of Logan to Daisy to Miles and finally to the perspective of Phillip. A mystery slowly unfolds to anyone's surprise. All of the characters have different personalities and talents, making the culprit of the crime hard to fathom. I would recommend this book to anybody from 10 to ...more
Meredith
Dec 09, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle, food, arcs
So much more than I thought it was going to be...& a lot of fun. Lots of twists, red herrings, great characters, and a candy factory...of course it's a fun read. The plot and details are fantastic (in the sense that they are scarcely believable), but the fun makes up for it.

Points too for the structure: each character telling their experience of the story allows for layers that are fun to peel back as you read it over again. Fun, fun, fun. Sweet. & Fun.
Logan Sudholz
I thought this book was just too long and not very clear....i guess it was ok....
Jake
Jan 18, 2017 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Josiah
Jul 05, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"'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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Sierra
Oct 11, 2016 Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The candymakers" is a about a group of young prodigies who come together to be best friends. One girl, and all the rest boys, are in the competition of producing the best candy. Judged by adults, every candy is different, and who's will they like best? The Candymakers has a slight thrill and mystery., Jamal packed full of good details and events. My personal favorite would be the days of making candy, and how they did it all. Super descriptive, and realistically sounding. Enjoy a twist in Wendy ...more
Isabella Vogt
Dec 19, 2016 Isabella Vogt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(If you don't plan on reading candymakers, it's okay to read, but if you want to read this book, you probably shouldn't read this review.)Candymakers is one of my favorite books ever! The author gives you an idea about each character and how all four contestants hold different traits, but that's only from one person's perspective, but when you actually get to read everyone's perspective, it's one surprising twist after another! Like, you would think Daisy's an innocent, kind, considerate person ...more
Myreen
Jan 10, 2017 Myreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hecks yeah
Amy Holiday
Dec 30, 2016 Amy Holiday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Willy-Wonka style fun for the next generation. Logan's life in a candy factory is pretty sweet (sorry, I couldn't help myself.) I wanted to go there, just to see it. But after finishing his part of the story, I settled in for a little repetition, but the kids were different and their stories so hilariously intriguing it was a pretty compelling story. Not sure I'll read the next in the series, but interested in more from the author.
Chamdyn F
Dec 11, 2016 Chamdyn F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the Life is Sweet candy factory, 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 unlikely friendships, self-discoveries, candies, chocolates and lots more! What I loved about the
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Kierra Mandell
Oct 08, 2015 Kierra Mandell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kierra Mandell
The Candymakers

*THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS*

The Candymakers took place mostly in a candy factory, called "Life Is Sweet". The main characters of the book are Logan (the Candymaker's son), Miles, Daisy, and Phillip. Each one has been selected to participate in the annual candy making competition. They each have to make their own candy, and the winner gets their candy sold in stores. Wendy Mass tells the book from each teen's point of view, switching off every now and th
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Kimberly
Sep 26, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so cute and imaginative! I can't wait to read the next one!
Ember Shane
Oct 12, 2015 Ember Shane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Middle Grade Novel**

This novel was rather... unexpected. The bulk of this 453 page read is divided into four sections-one section each to retell the story from the main characters' POVs. It starts with Logan's POV. Logan is the candymaker's son and was the logical choice of narrator. The story opens on the first day of an annual candy-making contest where he meets three other contestants. It's not that this first section with Logan's POV is bad, not at all. But it reads like any old middle gra
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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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