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The Candy Shop War | [Brandon Mull]

The Candy Shop War

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies. In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own.

But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? Why are all these "magicians" trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who should they trust? The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four youngsters discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure - one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins....

©2008 Creative Concepts LC (P)2008 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"Brandon Mull... dishes up a crowd-pleaser as delicious as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    D.R. California 07-08-13
    D.R. California 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
    What made the experience of listening to The Candy Shop War the most enjoyable?

    The action was quick, engaging, and clear, and the narrator did a very good job. Easy to follow the story and to connect to the characters right away which is good for a younger audience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun listen for everyone in the family minivan - myself and my 11, 8, and 6 year old kids. Good for both girls or boys, with enough magic (and candy!) to fuel the imagination without getting nonsensical as some stories with magic tend to do. Not a five star classic along the lines of Harry Potter, but a thoroughly enjoyable book and narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 01-29-14
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Another great adventure from this author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Candy Shop War to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but this fun and adventurous story certainly lent itself to audio. Enjoyable for children and tweens - and their adults. Would be a great choice for a car trip - very lively.


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    One of the good narrators. I'm not as fond of female narrators but my son thought this book was up there as one of the better narrations. Certainly in no way irritating as some children's book narrators can be.


    Any additional comments?

    Although an entirely different book if you liked Fablehaven you should like this book too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 08-13-13
    MelindaCogs Wisconsin 08-13-13 Member Since 2012

    316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.

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    "Great story but the narrator needs cold medicine."

    I really enjoy Brandon Mull's stories. I think they're creative and fun -- everything you'd expect from a popular children's book author. But, quite frankly, despite the great story, the narrator almost made me give up.

    I'm not sure if she had a cold when narrating this book, but so many times I just wanted to scream at her to blow her nose or something. She was so very, very nasal in her delivery. Worse, she specifically chose to voice one of the main characters, Pigeon, as a nasally boy.

    It was awful. After a few hours of this, it was like fingers on a chalkboard to me.

    Please, please -- Mr. Mull, if create another audiobook for this series, choose a different narrator or make sure that this one is clear of her cold.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-10-14
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Rah for the Candy Shop War"

    This book is listed on Audible at a very low price... a teaser to get you hooked into the series. Brandon has done a wonderful job at making it a complete book... so you can be content stopping with the one... or go on to follow friends from this book onto the next. It is more than worth every penny and I did go on to buy the next. I think kids 9-13 would find it exciting and creative... there is dangerous magic and some magical violence... kinda like the middle Harry Potter books, but it doesn't feel dark and the main characters after being sucked into the plot and making bad choices with consequences... creatively work their way out with desire to make things right. As an adult... I wasn't completely engaged and listened more to know what I was giving... but I am not the intended audience and I think it is a rah for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda M. Gephart 04-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I tried to like it"
    Any additional comments?

    There was a lot of violence for 10 year old kids. Also, the narrator gave one of the kids a terrible nasal-full of snot-voice. It was annoying to have to listen to that every time the kid spoke. It just wasn't a good book, combined with an annoying listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Jarvis Miami, OK, US 02-13-14
    Chad Jarvis Miami, OK, US 02-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed in Oklahoma"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I got this book thinking it was on a Teenager level (Like the Beyonder Books) However, It was on more of an 8 years old level. I was very Disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Mull’s story?

    The story was too slow and gave emphases to things that had nothing to do with the story. I stopped listening by the 2nd Chapter.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Janice Card’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. She did a Great job at bringing the story to life (To a Much younger crowd).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Probably a Great book for any child 8 and under.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tezza Cbr, Australia 07-15-13
    Tezza Cbr, Australia 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great family entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is interesting and makes you think and use your imagination throughout


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait until someone makes a movie on these books

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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