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

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  16,927 ratings  ·  2,009 reviews

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe, where the confections are bit on the . . . unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friendsNate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeonmeet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about th

Library Binding, 368 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Baker & Taylor, CATS (first published September 11th 2007)
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Kellie O.
Apr 22, 2008 Kellie O. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Zach P
I thought The Candy Shop War, By Brandon Mull, was an ok book but don't get the impression that I wouldn't reccommend it. I would. The story was good, but not great and I think many people would enjoy this, possibly more than I did. From the first look at the deeply over detailed and wonderfull book cover I wanted to read it. I imagined it as candy shop "clans" fighting against eachother, but it was nothing like I had expected. It was interesting, and it had handfulls of unexpected twists and tu ...more
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!
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.
My kids and I read this together. They loved it. I didn't. I couldn't get over all the bad choices the kids were making: taking candy from strangers, drugging their parents, stealing, taking candy from strangers again, going into a strange man's bedroom, etc. I could go on and on. I get these kids needed to find themselves in some trouble for there to be any high adventure, but given the kids disregarded nearly every single safety principle we parents try to instill, it hit a nerve. The awkwardl ...more
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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
Erica (daydreamer)
Apr 13, 2010 Erica (daydreamer) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fablehaven lovers!
The Candy Shop War (TCSW) is a really good book; it's original and imaginative. I really liked the idea of candy giving kids powers. Brandon creates a magical world for children and forms an adventurous plot with plenty of thrilling scenes and intriguing twists that kept me turning the pages eagerly. He doesn’t leave any part or idea of the story untold. Brandon does an incredible job at being able to pull together a creative story that is depicted well.

I found several similarities between TCSW
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
Afton Nelson
I'm giving this book 3 stars, but my kids would probably give it 5. (They're generous that way.)

Brandon Mull spins a captivating tale about a sweet old candy shop owner who befriends some neighborhood kids and eventually starts giving them magic candy. As I read this to my kids and started to come to the conclusion that the old lady was not to be trusted, I asked my kids what they thought and they all said they thought she was great and the friends in the story had nothing to worry about.

My con
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

A pleasant surprise.
This book is not one that I would have originally picked up to read
My niece asked me to read one of her books.
I was hesitant to read a book about 5th and 6th graders thinking that it would not hold my attention.
But.. that was far from the case, Brandon Mull is a great story teller, the lives of the characters were engaging with a side order of humor.

The main character's personalities were quickly defined as:
Nate the smart mouth new kid in town,
Summer the fearless,
Pigeon th
Sam Whitehouse
Brandon Mull has always been one of my favourite authors, ever since i read the first Fablehaven book. I came across this novel once i had read the first three books in the Fablehaven series, looking for something to read until book four and five of Fablehaven. Originally i was a little skeptical, but was fast proved wrong. Just like with his other books, Brandon Mull provides a fast paced, action packed adventure. There is rarely a page that goes by that isn't compulsive and exciting. I won't g ...more
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
This one was first in our love affair with Brandon Mull, simply because I am too cheap to begin a series if it is a waste of time, regardless of whether or not the author is a NY TIMES bestseller.
We (my husband and our two youngest boys ages 10 and 8) were hooked and read the entire Fablehaven series (up to three at that point) immediately.
For Candy Shop War think modern-day Hansel and Gretel, but with skateboards and friends and ask yourself, is the candy purveyor really a witch, and if so,
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Ah, this book was so infuriating. Brandon Mull needs to do himself a favor and fire all of his editors at Shadow Mountain. Even for a kids book, the writing is terrible. The dialogue is stilted, all the bad guys (yes, there are so many!) are prone to monologuing, the characters are flat and unbelievable, and the plot holes are big enough to drive a car through. And most distracting of all, the book reads like Mull was sitting with a thesaurus and trying to think of fancier words when a simpler w ...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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