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The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
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Mar 15, 2011

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bookshelves: childrens, family-read
Read from January 30 to March 15, 2011

Wendy Mass is an amazing authos. Two of her books, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and Every Soul a Star are some of my favorite young adult stories. The Candymakers, her latest book is targeted for the middle grade audience and is a combination of Every Soul a Star and the classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story revolves around a nation-wide search, for a 12-year old child who can make the most delicious and creative new candy. The four contestants include Logan, the candymaker's son, Daisy, who on the surface appears to be bright and bubbly, Miles, who is slightly neurotic, and Philip, all business in his suit and tie. But each of the contestants is hiding a secret and the story quickly becomes a mashup of Willy Wonka meets Alex Rider. The book is fun and engaging, but lacks some of the heart of her other stories that make them appeal to both kids and adults. Still a good recommendation for children.
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Boone The middle when they all start to figure everything out is the best part

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