Book Review: The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Screen shot 2015-03-01 at 5.15.29 PM

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s