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The Candymakers (The Candymakers #1)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  15,616 Ratings  ·  1,417 Reviews
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 cheer
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jess 1.) how could you NOT know what shipping is

2.) I ship philip and daisy instead
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Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing

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
Theresa Flores
Feb 06, 2013 Theresa Flores rated it it was amazing
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
The Library Lady
Jul 05, 2014 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2013 Sonya rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Zoejimmy Rollins
Oct 07, 2011 Zoejimmy Rollins rated it it was amazing
Great book! A good surprise around every corner. It made me hungry. :)
Wendy Hall
Dec 17, 2012 Wendy Hall rated it liked it
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
Sep 16, 2014 Eli rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 12, 2014 Mo rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 03, 2015 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
Destinee Sutton
Jul 04, 2010 Destinee Sutton rated it liked it
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
Nov 16, 2012 Tamsen rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Oct 20, 2016 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
Mar 13, 2015 Abigail rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it
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
Sep 24, 2013 Logan Sudholz rated it it was ok
I thought this book was just too long and not very clear....i guess it was ok....
Jul 07, 2011 Josiah rated it liked it
"'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
Oct 11, 2016 Sierra rated it it was amazing
"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
Sep 30, 2016 Jeannette rated it liked it
I listened to the audio version with my girls, ages 10 and 8. We all enjoyed the story, although the narrator wasn't one of my favorites. There was just enough drama to keep us all interested, not too fantastical or over the top. There were lessons on friendship, grief, standing up for yourself and cooperation that fit nicely into the story. Plus the descriptions of the candy making process were very interesting and delicious sounding. It wrapped up rather tidily, but not so much that we aren't ...more
Kierra Mandell
Mar 01, 2016 Kierra Mandell rated it really liked it
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Kierra Mandell
The Candymakers


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
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
Nov 26, 2015 Ember Shane rated it it was amazing
**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
Jacob Peterson
Mar 19, 2015 Jacob Peterson rated it really liked it
Candymakers Book Review
In the story The Candymakers it’s told from four different points of view, starting with Logan, the candy companies owners son. It then switches to Miles who is a shy but pretty smart and curious kid. Then onto Daisy, she seems like a sweet, nice girl, but is actually a spy. Finally it goes to Philip who is very organized smart kid. A bit stuck up and very self conscience. After all the characters perspective it goes back to Logan. So the group of kids compete with other
Genevieve Goldstein
Feb 02, 2014 Genevieve Goldstein rated it really liked it
The four main characters are Phillip, a rude boy who wants to win everything and who's father wants to take over LIFE IS SWEET chocolate and candy factory. There is Daisy, a 13 year old girl who is not supposed to be in the contest, but is a spy trying to get the secret ingredient, but it's for Phillips dad,so she tries to sabotage it. There's Miles who Is a ordinary boy who talks about death and is allergic to a lot of strange things. Finally, there is Logan who lives in LIFE IS SWEET chocolate ...more
Anna Lembke
This book was a delight to read! I loved the candy competition, it was insanely creative and fun. I also enjoyed the chapters told from different characters POV's because it made the story refreshing and fun. The way all of these kid's stories blended together at the end was amazing.
The book was all great until I got up to the ending. I loved this book, enough to give it five stars, until the ending came. The entire book had been a conspiratorial plot that resulted into a tangled conscious of c
May 28, 2013 Shirley rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
If you liked "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, or books with a good'll love reading "The Candymakers"! This was such a fun book to read, and kept me wondering how the ending would turn out.

Four children have been chosen to compte in the national candymaking contest and each one really wants to win. Logan, a Candymaker's son, has lived his whole life around sweets and candy, and wants to come up with a candy creation that will make his family proud. Miles went thr
Elise Korngut
Dec 03, 2012 Elise Korngut rated it it was amazing
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass is a thrilling, funny, and crazy book that is full of many sweet surprises. This book took my love of candy and the great writing of Wendy Mass and made a amazing story about these four kids who got invited to make their own original candy for a candy contest. This book had so many surprising parts that really changed the way you thought about things in the book. There was this one part of the book were I thought one thing about this character and then I read just ...more
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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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