The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. (Grades 4-7.) Little, Brown, October 2010. 450 pages. Reviewed from ARC snagged at BEA.
Congratulations, future candymakers! You have been accepted to compete in the Annual Candymakers Contest!
The Life is Sweet Candy Factory will be host to four 12-year-olds preparing to enter this year's Candymakers Contest. They'll get a tour of the factory, access to the finest ingredients, and help from experts who work in the factory. Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip each entered the contest for very different reasons. As they tour the factory and get to work on their creations, they'll each learn things about the other contestants - and about themselves - that will change everything. But after all, if there was no change, there would be no butterflies, right?
No matter which candy you want to compare it to, The Candymakers was a yummy read. Wendy Mass delivers just what her readers have come to expect from her - a sweet story with a lot of heart. And I especially liked the details about candy-making that are inserted so organically into the story. This is a book that'll make a great gift for your favorite young reader. Pair it with ingredients or candy molds and a promise to spend time together in the kitchen concocting your own confections.
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The Candymakers will be on shelves October 5!