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

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  14,315 ratings  ·  1,873 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 friends—Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon—meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about

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Library Binding, 368 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Baker & Taylor, CATS (first published September 11th 2007)
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Giraffasaurus
Apr 22, 2008 Giraffasaurus 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
Melissa
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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Luann
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Tanis
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.
Robert
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
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Angie
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
Connie
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
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Russ
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
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Heather
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.
Mischa
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.
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
Jessica
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!
McKell
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.
Marian
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
Blake
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
Patrick
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
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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
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03claraw
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
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Jean

A pleasant surprise.
This book is not one that I would have originally picked up to read
but
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
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Drew
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
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Dana
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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Carla
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Rebecca
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
K.
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
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Andres Ortiz
In the book The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull four kids Nate,Summer,Pigeon, and Trevor decide to visit a new candy shop that has opened up in town called sweet tooth ice cream and candy shoppe. Where they soon meet the shops owner Mrs. white she eventually asks them to do certain tasks in exchange for candy. But after they start to think that she is no good after they discover that she is a witch who wants the fountain of youth to become even stronger. These four children have to stop her befo ...more
Wendy
Sorry all you Brandon Mull fans, I did not like the book. The whole fantasy, sci fi, horror stuff was not my cup of tea. I disliked the idea of 5th graders getting wrapped up in a scheme that involved drugging their parents, sneaking out every night, nearly getting killed with every assignment, getting into cahoots with adults out to hurt them, barfing orange slime, stealing, robbing graves and then in the last couple pages all wrapping itself up like they never did anything wrong. The book was ...more
Selah Latshaw
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
Jessica
We listened to this on our drive to Utah. Very fun imaginative book. My kids loved it!
Erin
I like Mull's Fablehaven series. I didn't like this one very much. I felt that the plot didn't make sense. Mull really bothered me by over emphasizing race. The kids eat a candy that makes them appear to be a different race. There are a couple of uncomfortable parts where stereotypical features of each race is described. I really didn't like those parts. I felt the ending was really contrived and by that point, I just didn't care anymore. I would not recommend it. Too bad that my husband bought ...more
Gabriel T
i have to have candy like that
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“A crossbow?” Pigeon asked.
I left my battle-ax in my other jeans,” the man said.”
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“Could you just call me Pigeon?” he asked the teacher when she read his name.
“Does your mother call you Pigeon?”
“No.”
“Then to me you are Paul.”
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“Nathan Sutter,” the teacher read.
“My mother never calls me Nathan.”
“Is it Nate?”
“She calls me Honeylips.”
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