The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

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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 always scribbling in a secret notebook?

This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

About Wendy Mass

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Wendy Mass is the author of the award-winning books for readers A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, LEAP DAY, JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL, EVERY SOUL A STAR, THE CANDYMAKERS, 11 BIRTHDAYS, FINALLY, and the Twice Upon a Time series. She tells people her hobbies are photography and hiking, but they're really collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at
Published October 5, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 446 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Set in a candy factory as tantalizingly fragrant as Willy Wonka's, this half-mystery, half–jigsaw-puzzle novel is a mild-mannered cousin to The Westing Game and When You Reach Me.

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If you were in a candy-making contest, what would you make? Would it be a chocolate or gum? Woul.

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Four very lucky 12 year-olds have been invited to participate in a national candy making contest after reporting to the “Life is Sweet” factory to learn the ins and outs of making a delicious, new, and unique candy.

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... The Candymakers. By: Wendy Mass. Book review by: Ava D. This book is about an annual competition for kids to see who the best candy ...

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Project MUSE

... Children's Books > Volume 64, Number 4, December 2010 · Download PDF. Reviewed by. Kate Quealy-Gainer. Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers. Little, 2010.

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... You're going to have to wait a few months for this one, which I read in galley form, but you might want to put it on your list. We're talking Charlie ...

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Gr 4–8—Children running amok in a candy factory, immortalized by Roald Dahl, is one story line that bears repeating. At the Life Is Sweet factory, four 12-year-olds gather to create new goodies for the annual Confectionery Association Conference. Logan, the Candymaker's son, dreams of winning his...

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