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The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
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May 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: kid-lit, mystery, realistic-fiction

elementary & up

Four kids are visiting the Life is Sweet factory to take part in an annual Candymaker competition. Each is trying to come up with an idea for the next World's Greatest Candy. To add a little spice to the competition, it turns out that all of the contestants have both hidden talents and hidden secrets. Even more interesting is that someone is trying to steal the factory's secret ingredient.
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is told in sections. We are informed in the beginning that we need to listen to what the characters say and what they don't say. Then we get to live the first day of the competition through the eyes of contestant. I loved that. It starts off with Logan and we see him meeting the other characters. Each character has some little oddities that we don't fully understand until we see the same thing through their eyes. Talk about a great way to study characterization and viewpoint!
The way the different viewpoints of the story all came together was terrific. I was expecting a twist to come that was completely different from the twist that actually happened. I definitely recommend this book for any school level. It interests one of my 4th graders, it is aimed right at middle graders and it interested me. Fun for all ages!

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