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The Candymakers

(The Candymakers #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  19,234 ratings  ·  1,706 reviews
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?

Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?

Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?

Daisy, the c
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Claire Vanderlaan
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Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Do not read this book if you are hungry. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! The Candymakers is a clever middle grade book about four children in a national candy-making contest. Yummy!

The book begins from Logan’s perspective. He actually lives in the candy factory, and his account of things is pretty nuts-and-bolts. Ah, but then the point-of-view changes to the other kids (Miles, Daisy, and Philip). That’s when things really get interesting! With each perspective, I learned something new. I also
This book reminds me why I always tell fellow readers to give young adult books a chance. The only complaint I have about The Candymakers is due to the fact that these books are unfortunately targeted towards young adult readers rather than adults that are young at heart. (Guess which category I fall into?)

On that note, the only real problems I had were the same reasons this was not targeted to me. Again, unfortunately. The sentences were more concise and simple then I believe necessary for tee
Cyn (semi-hiatus)
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."

3.5 stars rounded up

This is my first book by Wendy Mass and WOW, did it get me right in the feels. I had heard a lot about Mass growing up (esp. her book A Mango-Shaped Space) but didn't have a chance to read any of her works. Let me change that now! Aka I'm going to binge this author.

At first glace, The Candymakers seemed like it be a fun, sweet (ba dum tss) little candy-making adventure. It's not. Turn back. This wa
The Library Lady
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Important note:I got a copy of this at ALA in June, passed it to my 11 year old, and she really enjoyed it. That's a far better recommendation than mine or any other grownups...
This is being compared to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which 5 kids win a contest to tour a magical candy factory. But here 4 kids are at a wonderful but very non-magical candy factory to COMPETE in a contest, and we see the 2 days they spend together in turn from each child's point of view--and each child's voic
Rissa Flores
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: with-review
It's time for the annual candy making competition! At the Life is Sweet candy factory, things are definitely much more exciting. Four 12-year-olds with their own stories to tell: Logan; the Candymaker's son, Daisy; a girl with a huge secret, Miles; an innocent thoughtful boy with a hidden past, and Phillip; a young contestant seeking revenge. As the Confectionary's Association's Annual Convention goes nearer, the contestants find themselves all facing an unlikely turn of events.

A book of unli
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Candymakers is a well written book by Wendy Mass.The beginning of this book is retold 4 different times, each for one of the characters perspectives. Logan, Miles, Daisy and Phillip are finally 12, old enough to enter the Candy- making competition, something they've been waiting to enter for a long time. This book is fun, and great for readers with a sweet tooth!
Zoejimmy Rollins
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book! A good surprise around every corner. It made me hungry. :)
Allison Tebo
This had to go back to the library so, note to self: I stopped on page 201.

I might not even finish it though; it wasn't holding my interest.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

Too many feels. Phillip is my favorite character. Eat candy while you read this book. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER. I know I'm being incoherent, but I can't even with this book.
Destinee Sutton
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 9-12
I picked this up at ALA with much excitement. It was described to me as "Willy Wonka meets Mysterious Benedict Society" and I liked at least one of Wendy Mass's previous books. As I started in on it, I was pleased to find decent jokes, a quick-ish pace, and lots of mouth-watering candy descriptions. The structure of the book is interesting too: Each of the four main characters (Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip) narrate separate sections of the book. So after we've read Logan's POV, we go back in ...more
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I was worried that it would be too close to Charlie and Chocolate Factory but it's very different. The story is fun and unexpected and the characters are totally loveable.
Lilly F.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about 4 kids, Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip. They all enter a candy contest and the winner's candy will be made in a factory and sold! This book makes my mouth water and is just a must read for candy lovers! Great book by Wendy Mass.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Ella
This book was clever and fun but slow. I forced myself through most of it. I might have liked it more if I were younger. It was imaginative and creative, especially with the 4 different POVs, but the pacing drove me crazy. I liked Daisy and Philip's POVs the best, though it took me several pages to realize Daisy wasn't just recounting a dream, but reality.
I really wanted to like this one, but I couldn't get into it. Logan was a little too perfect. It didn't get interesting until it got crazy...
Wendy Hall
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Haven had been asking me to read this book for many months. She loved it and was sure that I would. I finally got a kindle and it was the first full book I read on it, since it was already on our account. The first section was not what I wanted to read. Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Mary Poppins - very heavy on the candy and the adjectives, low on plot content. I threatened to Haven to stop reading numerous times. Heck, I don't even like candy (for real - I don't). She begged me ...more
The name made me assume this book would be a light, simple confection. My 10, 8, and 5 year old boys listened to it with me, and we were all pleasantly surprised by it — not only the plot surprises, but it’s depth. For a book I’ve never heard of elsewhere, it is remarkably good. Dare I say better than Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? Yes, I think so. We finished it a few months ago, and my boys are already asking to hear it again.
Janie Lee
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet and amazing book!
Kelsey Argyle
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is a huge competition that kids can enter, in this competition the kids have to create a new kind of candy, if they win they then their candy distributed around the world. 4 of the kids that are in this competition are Logan, the candy makers son, Phillip, who is very rude, miles, who always has a back back with mystery contents, and daisy, who seems hugely happy and bouncy. They meet up at the factory and all of them ,except Logan, despise Phillip immediately. One night they all secretly ...more
Wendi Lee
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Holy cow. Five stars only because I read it with my baby girl.
Mrs. Debraski
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to re-read this and it certainly lived up to my memory. I love the structure of this book, the fun candy descriptions, and the adventure. Who wouldn't love intrigue and excitement in a candy factory?
Violet Macdonald
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this book: Don't judge a person before you know his/her whole story.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its really great! I recommend it to people who like mystery. :D
Lelita P.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 / 5

Saya butuh waktu cukup lama untuk melewati bagian-bagian awalnya, yang bagi saya agak membosankan dan terlalu "Charlie" (merujuk pada Charlie and the Chocolate Factory karya Roald Dahl). Tapi setelah berhasil melewati bagian pertama itu, saya mulai tenggelam dalam ceritanya. The Candy Makers ini layaknya sebuah puzzle karena dikupas dari berbagai sudut pandang tapi pada akhirnya semua merujuk pada satu kesimpulan yang sama, membentuk satu cerita utuh ketika setiap keping telah diletakkan
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?
Logan, the Candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?
Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?
Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it's a feather?
Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who's alway
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK!! LOVED IT!!! Wendy Mass is definitely one of my favorite authors, and this book blew me away. It's really creative because you get to read the story from each of the characters' perspectives, just like her book Every Soul A Star. And I will admit, at the very beginning I was a bit bored, but everything changed after I started reading from the other characters' points of views! I just grew to love each character, and my views of them changed so much! I ended up think ...more
Astrid Lim
Enjoyable! Candy factory, food galore, sweetness overload, quirky friendship and some juicy puzzles. Really my kind of middle grade book! The unique part of this book is the way Wendy Mass wrote the story. We were given the opportunity to see the meaningful two days of candy making competition from different of views of the four main characters: Logan, the son of the Candy Maker; Miles, the depressed kid who likes to talk about the afterlife; April, the mysterious girl who has the most wonderful ...more
Shandy Yeo
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kisah yang sangat manis. Lebih manis daripada permen manapun di dunia. Awalnya, saya mengira ini adalah novel fantasi. Ternyata saya salah. Novel ini lebih mengarah ke fiksi ilmiah. Tepatnya literatur anak dengan tambahan sedikit fiksi ilmiah.

Cerita dalam novel ini tentang empat anak yang mengikuti kontes membuat permen tahunan saat usia dua belas tahun. Novel ini menceritakan kisah empat orang anak dari sudut pandang masing-masing dan tentunya tiap tokoh saling berhubungan. Dari bagian awal hi
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! Beware, it gets you craving chocolate. This book is about 4 kids that want to win a confectionery contest for the most craveable candy the nation has seen. The book switches from the perspective of Logan to Daisy to Miles and finally to the perspective of Phillip. A mystery slowly unfolds to anyone's surprise. All of the characters have different personalities and talents, making the culprit of the crime hard to fathom. I would recommend this book to anybody from 10 to ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, food, middle
So much more than I thought it was going to be...& a lot of fun. Lots of twists, red herrings, great characters, and a candy factory...of course it's a fun read. The plot and details are fantastic (in the sense that they are scarcely believable), but the fun makes up for it.

Points too for the structure: each character telling their experience of the story allows for layers that are fun to peel back as you read it over again. Fun, fun, fun. Sweet. & Fun.
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more

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