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Preview — The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
The Candy Shop War (The Candy Shop War #1)
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...more
I loved the Fablehaven series. Candy Shop War is not quite as good ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Fun book with believable young and old characters, loads of action, and a totally inventive plot!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This b ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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I left my battle-ax in my other jeans,” the man said.”
“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.”