ALA Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Wendy Mass offers this tasty treat of a tale sure to appeal to any listener’s sweet tooth. The Candymakers follows 12-year-olds Logan, Philip, Daisy, and Miles as each tries to invent a candy even better than the Oozing Crunchorama. But with these contestants—who can detect chocolate by touch and lift 50 lbs. of taffy as if it weighed no more than a loaf of bread—it’s going to be a close race.
©2010 Wendy Mass (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
Another excellent book on the Sunshine State list that I enjoyed listening to with my 11-year-old daughter and she read along with the print version. It was challenging for her because, at 450 pages, it was the longest book she had ever read. But the story was a pure delight as it was told from the perspectives of the four main young characters. This provided some repetition, which was helpful in terms of comprehension. The author's imagination as she described the candy factory infrastructure made the reader/listener want to jump into the book and join in the fun. A fun book that teaches a lesson.
Sugar, Teamwork, and Intrigue
When we discovered someone was a spy.
We loved that we got to hear the story from everyone's point of view.
My daughter loved this story and the idea of listening to it while she followed along in the book. She really liked the reader's voice and pace.
The scene when the boys are spending the night in the candy factory.
The ending when the main character did not win the contest and the boys all become friends.
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