Book Review: The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

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Every year the Confectionary Association holds a candy making competition for 12 year olds who submit essays from which 32 are chosen. They also pick four special kids out of the 32 to go to the candy making factory, Life Is Sweet, to get help on making their candy. Philip, Miles, Daisy, and of course, the candymakers son Logan are the chosen four. They all have secrets that they will take the utmost care to hide. Everything seems to be going well at the factory. Miles is finished with his candy, Daisy is finished too, Logan is half finished, and Philip has an idea of the candy he’s going to make. Then everything changes when they discover that Philip’s dad is planning to steal the secret ingredient that the factory uses in their chocolate, and he’s planning to buy Life is Sweet, then destroy it. The only way to save the factory is if Philip wins the bet with his dad. If he wins the contest, then his dad won’t buy the factory. When they learn this, they all start working on Philip’s candy the night before they have to turn it in to the judges. Will they be able to finish the candy in time? What are the secrets that Daisy, Miles, and Philip are hiding? Will Philip win the contest and save the factory?

I like this book because it shows all sides of the story. It has a chapter for what’s happening in Philip’s perspective, Miles perspective, Daisy’s perspective, and Logan’s perspective. You find out things that you didn’t expect, based on the other people’s view of that person. Recommended for ages 8 and up.