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The Great Sugar War

(The Land Without Color #2)

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Lost at sea alone, twelve year old Otto reaches shore on a strange land where all the color is missing and everything is gray.

He soon finds himself in the middle of a great war between the Kingdom of Color and the Kingdom of Shapes.

To end the war and return the color to the land, he must outsmart the war inspectors, battle the sugar soldiers, escape from the gnome fac
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Published December 29th 2016 by Beaver's Pond Press
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John Winston
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Great Sugar War is Book 2 in The Land without Color series and a prequel of sorts. I say that hesitantly because this adventure by Benjamin Ellefson stands tall all on its own. The book is wonderfully crafted and beautifully illustrated. It has wholesome lessons for upper elementary school-aged students about shapes, colors, nutrition, and the ultra-importance of water that are firmly embedded in the text and reveal themselves in awe-inspiring adventures.

This installment gives us Otto as the
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Charles Ray
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Young Otto is lost at sea. When he comes ashore, he finds himself in the middle of a great conflict, in a strange land where everything is gray. The two sides, the Kingdom of Color and the Kingdom of Shapes, each accuse the other of starting the war, but Brandon finds that a third party, aided by legions of sugar soldiers, is manipulating events. He must defeat the sugar soldiers, outsmart the war inspectors, and stay out of the gnome jail.
The Great Sugar War by Brian Ellefson is book two in the
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Jana
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Great Sugar War is the 2nd book in the Land Without Color series, however I would say it is more of a companion and can probably be read as a standalone as well. In this book, Brandon, Alvin's grandson, finds a book that tells of his great-grandfather Otto's adventures in the Land Without Color as he fought in the Great Sugar War. I found it to be a really great story. The world reminds me of something in between Narnia
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Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
Definitely just as fun & quick as the first one! This story is so unique and magical it'll have you flying through the pages! At the beginning of the book I was a little confused but once the story got going everything made more since. These are definitely books I feel like would be great from kids/pre teens who want to get into reading or don't like to read because you just fall in love with the story ...more
Gigi Sedlmayer
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now in the second book of the series "The Land without Color"
Otto sails across a large sea and lands in the land without color.
But it is a bitter war there. Now Otto has to find a way to restore the color back into the land
and defeat the sugar soldiers.
will he find a way?
To find out, you better get the book and read it.
A memorable, heartwarming story.
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Lora Shouse
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
School is back in session in the Kingdom of Color. Brandon didn’t read his history lesson, but when Miss Carter asks if anyone knows the cause of The Great Grayness, Brandon raises his hand because this is the story that his Grandpa Alvin had told him and his friends the preceding summer. Miss Carter lashes out at him for his version of the story. It turns out that the one in the history books, and the one that the teacher and the other students believe is the one the King had put forward while ...more
Reader Views
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Marten (age 13) for Reader Views (1/18)

“The Great Sugar War” by Benjamin Ellefson is the story of 12-year-old Otto who got lost at sea and rescued a Colonel named Droww. Otto brought Colonel Droww back to his home in the Kingdom of Color. The Kingdom of Color was at war with the Kingdom of Shapes all because the beloved Queen Lucy of Color had been killed. Once he arrived in the Kingdom of Color, things happened quickly, and Otto found himself in a car heading to the front lines. Wil
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Mel
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Great Sugar War is the second book in The Land Without Color series by Benjamin Ellefson and follows a young Otto as he discovers the Kingdom during the middle of a war.

TGSW had the feeling of a prequel and could have been read as a standalone novel (or even first) but I feel it would help the reader to have read The Land Without Color first. TGSW was a quick read but did have a slightly different tone to The Land Without Color, I think that was due to the war and quite a military aspect whi
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Clare O'Beara
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-sff
While I preferred the adventure in the first book, Land without Colour, I enjoyed this determined look at both warfare and sugar addiction in a YA fantasy. A lad runs off from school to get proof of the story he's been told about the lack of colour that once befell the land. But the old book he finds is a memoir of the Great Sugar War, when the Kingdom of Colour fights the Kingdom of Shapes and this is how the Sugar Desert in between came to be, a blighted place without water and full of zombie- ...more
Sheila
The Great Sugar War stands alone as a fun middle-grade modern fairytale, and connects pleasingly with the author’s earlier Land Without Color. Not a sequel. Not strictly a prequel. But a story in the same land involving a member of the same family, a pleasingly zany tale, and a nicely thought-provoking one. As the kingdoms of Color and Shapes take aim at each other in an everlasting war. Talking grasshoppers and lions might be reminiscent of Narnia, but this is a whole new world and a whole new ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kindle unlimited, it seems, but also freebie day or permafree; interesting, probably more so if was kid, and the illustrations, too, pay attention to those

Lost at sea alone, twelve year old Otto reaches shore on a strange land where all the color is missing and everything is gray.

He soon finds himself in the middle of a great war between the Kingdom of Color and the Kingdom of Shapes.

To end the war and return the color to the land, he must outsmart the war inspectors, battle the sugar soldiers
...more
Kid Book Reviewer
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: This series is truly incredible. I loved how Benjamin Ellefson was able to connect the three different books in The Land Without Color series into one truly incredible story. For example, in every book there is a different main character, however each main character is related to each other. An example of this is one of the main characters is the grandson and great-great grandson of the two other main characters. I also enjoyed all the sidekicks in this series including a talkative squ ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this second book in The Land Without Color series, Brandon finds himself in lots of trouble. He has defied his teacher, stating that the history she is teaching about the Great Grayness” is wrong, and he can prove it.

He is sent to the Principal’s Office, but instead sneaks out of school to prove his point. He runs to Grandpa Alvin’s house, but when he arrives, the house is empty. When the doorbell rings, Brandon knows he has been caught by Officer Reed, the school’s truant officer. He manages
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Janie
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
History made fun

"The Great Sugar War" by Benjamin Ellefson is book 2 in the series. It can be a read alone but the first book explains quite a bit so I highly recommend it. Perfect for kids 8+.
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Lucas
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just like the first one! Very good c:
Mary
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and quick read
Tena
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-goodread_wins
I won a kindle version #GoodreadsGiveaway
Elizabeth Tyree
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
As with book 1, I love the story. The premise and plot line are delightful. However, there were a couple of places that didn't make much sense to me, I don't feel like the characters are as well and completely developed as they were in book 1, and the writing style is still one that doesn't sit well with me. Even with all of that, I did definitely enjoy this book and will.look forward to reading the next one (which I hope is actually about Brandon!) ...more
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Award winning author Benjamin Ellefson loves writing whimsical adventures for children of all ages.

Childhood was a magical time for him. Benjamin grew up in a neighborhood full of kids. Every day was filled with imagination, adventures, fantasy, and wonderful stories. In school he loved any project that let him explore his creativity.

When Benjamin was older, he traveled across the country to study
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