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The Candy Shop War (The Candy Shop War #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  20,293 Ratings  ·  2,175 Reviews
It will take more than magical candy to win this war!

Something fishy is going on at the new amusement center in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dar, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover kids feverishly playing arcade games in
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Shadow Mountain
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Lindsey Rey
Nov 26, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5 Stars]
Kellie O.
Apr 22, 2008 Kellie O. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: middle-grades
I wanted to love this book from the very beginning. I absolutely loved the colorful, glittery cover, and the premise seemed like such fun. And I admit, I really liked the story. However, one thing will keep me from being able to recommend this title to others: the author's use of race. It made me very uncomfortable. From the start he unnecessarily describes non-white characters by their race. In an even worse example, when the main characters take a magic candy that is supposed to temporarily ch ...more
Dec 12, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I really, really enjoyed this! I had my doubt while reading if I was going to continue to like the characters, but they are so well done! I didn't expect the small things mentioned in the beginning to come back at the end and have an impact, so that was fantastic! I'm really curious to what will happen in the second book. I feel like there is enough history and magic to continue this story for a while if he wanted, so I'm excited to see which facet he decided to explore more.
So...I am pretty impressed with Brandon Mull. I have read a lot of YA fiction recently since I try and read everything Jdog wants to read before he reads it. I think Mull is easily the best recent writer. Since Rowling I don't think anyone has WRITTEN a series as well as him. There are other fun series like Percy Jackson, Ranger's Apprentice, Artemis Fowl, etc but they are not written as well. This guy is actually a great writer!!

I loved the Fablehaven series. Candy Shop War is not quite as good
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Mar 08, 2009 Tanis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Mull writes the BEST kids' books. I get a kick out of writing directed to younger writers, but Mull's books are among my favorite. I'm reading the Fablehaven series too, and those are awesome, but I think this was my favorite of his so far. This book is so imaginative and fun. I really couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure and fantasy.
May 14, 2008 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an "interesting" book. I loved the premise - kids eat magical candy that give them powers. However, I didn't like the adult situations the kids were put in - robbing a museum, digging up a grave, etc. Also, all of the adult eat addicting white fudge and are basically "drugged out" the entire time. I read this book with Lindsey and she absolutely loved it! She and I were able to discuss the parts I was most uncomfortable with, so it led to a few good talks. Overall, the book wasn't bad, ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lot of fun, it's exciting, it's not overly scary, and the ending is set up very nicely well in advance (although I must say I didn't see it coming). It's well-written, and if the ethical dilemmas the kids find themselves in aren't very novel, well, at least they make a clear moral message. (Remember, kids, robbing graves is wrong!)

So why only three stars? Well, because even though the writing would normally cause me to give this book four stars, I yanked a star off for the race is
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two Fablehaven books with Emily, so we thought we'd go for another book by Brandon Mull. We read most of it driving back and forth visiting family, and it helped the hour commute go by quickly and enjoyably.

I didn't gel as well with the characters; Nate and Trevor seemed pretty much the same and Summer was flat as well. Pidge had some roundness to him, but there wasn't much character development.

The plot was a little slow at times; most of the book lacked a
I am a big Brandon Mull fan; I loved his Fablehaven series, am enjoying his five Kingdoms series, but wasn’t a huge fan of his Beyonders series. I was eager to finally read The Candy Shop Wars which I have had on my shelf for awhile. The book ended up being a bit disappointing; I had some trouble engaging in the story and the characters.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent. The narrator was fine and easy to listen to.

Nate has just moved to a new town with his parents and
Selah Latshaw
Aug 03, 2013 Selah Latshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Such a great book. While being adventurous and exciting, it was also funny and witty. This book is perfect for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are looking for a good read. I used this book for my summer reading and I definitely don't regret it! 403 pages of great material worth reading. If you're looking for a new book, this is one I would FOR SURE recommend! Although I said it was a great book for middle schoolers, it is also a FABULOUS book for adults and teens. The characters and everyone ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start with this book was very slow paced and boring. However, during the last two hundred pages of the book the action started happening and I really ended up enjoying it! Yes, it is middle grade but, to me it seemed like it needed to be a young adult novel due to some events that happen. The characters were amazing and I loved the friendship between all of them. The world building was very interesting and some of the most amazing plot twists took place! I will definitely be reading more of B ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Mischa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mikaylie, just finished this book and begged me to read it too. It was nothing like I had expected, interesting, unexpected twists and turns and very creative/imaginative. A great read when you are looking for something fun to relax with, but not too deep. The author does include a great list of questions at the end of the book for discussion. I'd recommend reading this with a child (2nd grade and on)and talking about the different issues the kids face in the book.
Feb 07, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: award-winners
Every kid's dream: the new candy shop in town is stocked with magical candy that can disguise you, make you float, make others do your bidding . . . you name it! The downside: the owner wants you to "earn" it. With a little treasure-hunting. Grave-robbing. You know, the usual.

Fun book with believable young and old characters, loads of action, and a totally inventive plot!
Jan 20, 2009 McKell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandon Mull is definately one of my favortie authors. I really enjoy his style of writing, and his imagination. Just like Fablehaven this book has it's share of twists. I love that Mr Mull can make the danger feel so real.
May 30, 2013 03claraw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pages: 407
Author: Brandon Mull
This book is intended to teenagers/young adults. The main issue of the story is get to know people before doing things for them. This book is taken place mostly at the candy shop. It wouldn't be the same if it was taken place at the candy shop. The main character is Nate he was a new boy that had just moved in. He meets 3 new friends Summer, Trevor and Pigeon. And of course Mrs. White the owner of the Candy shop (Sweet Tooth). Summary: This book starts off with Nate
Cheryl Landmark
Magical candy, evil magicians, bizarre creatures, talking animals, time travelling—combine all of these elements together and you have a highly creative, imaginative and fun plot from the author who brought us the equally entertaining Fablehaven series (although I think I enjoyed Fablehaven a little more than this one).

The book was not all fun and games, however. It definitely had its darker side as well as it dealt with such serious issues as bullying, young kids carrying out illegal activities
Jul 12, 2011 Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book. I read this after completing the Fablehaven series. While not as intense as Fablehaven, the action never got boring and the plot stayed interesting. Brandon Mull is supposed to be working on a sequel once he finishes the Beyonders trilogy. He says in the afterward to the last Fablehaven book that he didn't intend to write a sequel to The Candy Shop War, but he wasn't against it if a good idea for one popped in his head. The Arcadeland Catastrophe (possible title) will hopefull ...more
Another 1 day read. Great book! This was another one I judged by the cover for a year before hearing it was actually good. I should have known Brandon Mull wouldn't just do a kiddy hurt feelings book about elementary school.

The writing and characters are not as deep as Fablehaven, but you have more "main" characters in a larger setting than the first Fablehaven in what was apparently intended to be a stand-alone book. The story is magical and violent just like Fablehaven--but it made me a little
Jan 09, 2010 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nate, Summer, Pigeon, and Trevor all are just regular kids who visit an ice cream shop after school to get some penny candy for a snack. But Mrs. White has some candy that has the kids doing amazing things. Like jumping really high and far, making you unbreakable or candy that gave animals the power of human intelligence and speech. That you have to admit would be awesome, but is Mrs. White hiding something and is their old friend Mr. Stott, the ice cream man, helping them or using them?

This b
Nathaniel Hardman
On the back cover of this book is a line something like, "Magical candy that gives kids superpowers - Sweet!" That line does a great injustice to this book. When I read that, I imagined a very dull, paint-by-numbers story in which some kids discover some magic candy, and just because there has to be some conflict, there's an evil wizard or something, and the kids use the magic candy to defeat him. This book is a much more interesting story than that. You have all these different parties with the ...more
Aug 30, 2009 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great. Liked this much better than the Fablehaven series. Even the 7 yo is really enjoying reading this one (she was a little scared with the Fablehaven series and didn't finish).

Only thing: boy those 10yro were pretty sophisticated. I h ave a really smart, funny 10yro myself, but where I think he would act as amart as those kids, I still don't see him speaking that way. Of course, who would want to read a book with real yro conversation.

Moral of the story: "Don't take candy from strange
Jan 11, 2008 Russ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another exciting and creative book from Brandon Mull. I tell you, this author is fantastic and this book is a lot of fun. He has 4 children as the main characters who have adventures with magical candy from the magician-owner of a candy shop.

The intrigue in the book is present even from the introduction, leaving the reader trying to guess for most of the book who is a "good guy" and who is a "bad guy". The finale is a (spoiler!) time-travel sequence reminiscent of Harry Potter 3, but (dare
Jun 01, 2015 Hillary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected this book to be very similar to Bliss because it involved magical confections. It was really funny and built suspense quite well when all these calamities happened. The Candy Shop Wars is really a book about rivalries all due to magical candy. Yet, it showed a few examples of good friendship and didn't really rely on family as much as Bliss had. I'm not comparing in a bad way.. Just examples. But all in all, the Candy Shop Wars is a really good book and I'm looking forward to the sec ...more
Still not exactly sure how I feel about this book. Very interesting idea and plot. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. But I don't know how I feel about the main characters - not really liking them all that well. They make several choices I don't approve of thus making them poor role models for my kids. Yeah, I could use that as a discussion topic, but I'm still undecided.

It was a good read though. I'd read it before handing it over to your kids though just to make sure you're okay with it.
Oct 06, 2011 hpboy13 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
Brandon Mull knocks another one out of the park with Candy Shop War. There’s really not much to say here that hasn’t already been said about Mull’s other works, since he’s one of the most consistently great writers working today. His fertile imagination keeps giving us brilliant ideas about magic and its uses, his knack for fantastical action scenes is unparalleled, and he always keeps the protagonist and the reader guessing about whom they can trust. This book was oodles of fun.
Gabriel T
Oct 30, 2014 Gabriel T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i have to have candy like that
Jul 31, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd just like to mention that Brandon Mull visited my elementary school when I was in 4th or 5th grade. And he went to the same college as Brandon Sanderson. It's like the Cosmere in real life.
May 07, 2017 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this book. The story was boring, and I didn't approve of almost everything that the children in this story did. They made a lot of terrible decisions, which is why I didn't like any of them.
Kate Z
May 08, 2015 Kate Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-s-books
This book saved my hide one Monday morning when Will was in the middle of trading off between the Fablehaven and Beyonders series. He is compelled (by his teachers) to have a "just right" book with him in his backpack at all times. This means he has to have a book that he loves and is at the "just right" reading level for him at any given time. He had finished whatever book he was reading and was waiting for the next book of the series. It was Monday morning and he was headed off to school and h ...more
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S ...more
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“A crossbow?” Pigeon asked.
I left my battle-ax in my other jeans,” the man said.”
“Could you just call me Pigeon?” he asked the teacher when she read his name.
“Does your mother call you Pigeon?”
“Then to me you are Paul.”
“Nathan Sutter,” the teacher read.
“My mother never calls me Nathan.”
“Is it Nate?”
“She calls me Honeylips.”
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