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The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
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Aug 14, 12

bookshelves: tween-books, fantasy, action-adventure
Read in May, 2012

I would recommend this book to children because it is so creative. It really sparks the imagination and gets the reader thinking about what it would be like to eat magic candy or go up against a powerful magician. The world is familiar enough that it is easy to understand, but also different enough to keep the reader interested and engaged. The mechanics of the world, from how magicians function to the different powers granted by these candies, are very cleverly thought out, and because this world is so unique, the reader never knows what to expect next. This book would be difficult for any child younger than 8 to understand because of the complexity of the world and the plot, but I know that children between 8 and 12 will love this book because of this world. Older children will also respond favorably to the four main characters because they are very much typical kids, making it easy for readers to put themselves into the shoes of these characters and experience these adventures for themselves. The four main characters are somewhat lacking in personality and individuality, but that actually helps children immerse themselves in this world because they are able to picture what they would do if they were in the same situations. This is a well-crafted book, and it will grab the interest of any child who has an imagination.
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