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The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
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Jan 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: audio, gscba-2013, realistic-fiction, upper-elementary-lit
Read in December, 2011

Four twelve-year-old children from very different backgrounds enter a candy-making contest that changes their lives. The first contestant, Logan Sweet, is the son of a famous candymaker and heir to his family’s candymaking empire, but lacks the confidence to become a master confectionary like his father. It also doesn’t help that he has never really left the candy factor since a mysterious occurred when he was 5. The second contestant, Miles O’Leary, is preoccupied with death and the afterlife and thinks that developing a special candy will bring him peace. The third contestant, Daisy Carpenter, appears to be a friendly, cute, fun-loving gal but she lacks a clear motive for wanting to win. Finally, fourth contestant, Philip Ransford III, is determined to win the contest because he just can’t lose.

All four contestants convene at the Life is Sweet candy factory to begin to develop their winning recipes, while learning about special candy-making techniques that just may give them the edge they need to win. As the day goes by, the contestant’s secret desires and pasts come to light in unexpected ways. But life isn’t sweet because there are spies among them looking to steal Logan’s family’s trade secret. This is a nicely paced story with a sweet ending.


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