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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.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published on May 12, 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316264997
ISBN-13: 9780316264990
307 Book Reviews
  • nitro_gt
    nitro_gt27 days
    The Candymakers is definitely a sweet surprise! The story takes place in the Life is Sweet candy factory where the candy-making contest was taking place. Daisy, Philips, Logan, and Miles are the four protagonists of the story. This book is unique compared to others because it gives the same story in four different perspectives. I appreciate that Wendy Mass presented the story in that format because it gives readers a sense of what is going on without giving only one biased perspective and it helps you understand each character better. The four are oblivious to the secrets each person held. Peculiarly, the secrets they had ended up to be what kept them apart, but they used it to protect the factory and to reconcile. By the end, everyone learns something about each other and became close friends.
    • eagle_fan11
      eagle_fan1127 days55 stars
      Are you ready to enter this world of sweet confections and chocolatey delights? While I normally don’t read books like this, The Candymakers completely blew me away with its sweet twists and turns, great characters, and an adventure filled with LOTS of candy. It is very heartwarming, and shows the triumphs of friendship. Summary: Logan has lived his whole life eating and making candy. His dad, also known as the Candymaker, runs the Life is Sweet Candy Factory, which means he gets to participate in a national competition to see who can make the best candy in the country. Logan’s excited—until he meets Miles, Daisy, and Philip, three other contestants. They seem nice...but Logan knows that one of them has stolen the Candymaker’s secret ingredient—and he needs to get it back, before it’s too late. When the four of them are thrown into a whirlpool of mystery and mayhem, each trying to win the candy competition and figure out who stole the secret ingredient, they must stand together as friends. Can they solve the mystery? Read this book to find out! Overall, I liked this book, and rate it 4/5 stars. I recommend it for readers who like realistic fiction and mystery.
      • eagle_fan11
        eagle_fan1127 days55 stars
        "If nothing changed, there'd be no such things as butterflies." This was a sweet surprise! I mostly read adult fiction nowadays, but I've missed books like this! What surprised me is that THE CANDYMAKERS took itself surprisingly seriously - it sold itself as a mystery, and it was a mystery, and an especially good one at that! It starts out as a fun, sweet candy-making adventure, but it doesn't end on that note. It's never until it's over: THE CANDYMAKERS doesn't stop revealing secrets until the very last page. Somehow both unexpectedly funny and unexpectedly touching, THE CANDYMAKERS never turns treacly and the fun never fizzles out - it has plenty of meaningful stories to tell. There is something so nostalgic about reading something I would have enjoyed as a child. Some things never change: I will always love elaborate candy factories and child detectives, and this was the sweetest, funniest, smartest combination of both.
        • jkbear
          jkbear11 months55 stars
          I really enjoyed reading this book
          • mireeka
            mireekaabout 1 year55 stars
            This is my favorite book! I like it because, besides being interesting, Philip and Logan, Miles and Daisy, and Daisy and Philip have all met before. Daisy's chapter is the most interesting, but Philip's is a close second. I have never read a book like this. Some people would call this book science fiction, but I would call it fantasy because the candies that are in this book are fantastic, like jelly beans that jump in the air when you throw them on the floor.
            • bsc
              bscabout 1 year55 stars
              This book was really good!
              • sweetcandy6
                sweetcandy6about 1 year55 stars
                I got this book from a family member and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it but once I picked it up I couldn’t stop reading it!!
                • phantasticgus
                  phantasticgusabout 1 year44 starsFeatured
                  Are you ready to enter this world of sweet confections and chocolatey delights? While I normally don’t read books like this, The Candymakers completely blew me away with its sweet twists and turns, great characters, and an adventure filled with LOTS of candy. It is very heartwarming, and shows the triumphs of friendship. Summary: Logan has lived his whole life eating and making candy. His dad, also known as the Candymaker, runs the Life is Sweet Candy Factory, which means he gets to participate in a national competition to see who can make the best candy in the country. Logan’s excited—until he meets Miles, Daisy, and Philip, three other contestants. They seem nice...but Logan knows that one of them has stolen the Candymaker’s secret ingredient—and he needs to get it back, before it’s too late. When the four of them are thrown into a whirlpool of mystery and mayhem, each trying to win the candy competition and figure out who stole the secret ingredient, they must stand together as friends. Can they solve the mystery? Read this book to find out! Overall, I liked this book, and rate it 4/5 stars. I recommend it for readers who like realistic fiction and mystery.
                  • mireeka
                    mireekaabout 1 year55 stars
                    I'm following you because you write descriptive, long, unspoilery, interesting reviews.
                    • mireeka
                      mireekaabout 1 year55 stars
                      Squirrelflight, you could become a professional dust jacket designer, you are so good at describing this book. I mean that as a compliment. But what part of this book is like realistic fiction? also, I don't think Logan ever knew that someone stole the secret ingredient.
                    • sjsj
                      sjsjover 1 year44 stars
                      This is a great novel, but it has some sad parts about it too. When Logan, son of the Candymaker (a person who owns a humongous chocolate factory), got burned. Phillip, a boy competing in a competition against Logan and two other kids, is trying to save the factory. Meanwhile, Daisy, another kid in the competition, seems friendly, but is actually on a mission to steal the Candymaker's secret ingredient! Miles, the last competing kid, is not sure about himself, but has more courage than he could ever imagine.
                      • extrememsb
                        extrememsbover 1 year44 stars
                        This book is about 4 people who are chosen to participate in a candy making competition. They all have secrets from each other. For example, one of the people is a spy. Another person's dad is trying to steal the secret ingredient from the factory. This book is kinda like a mystery. It is also a fun book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fun mystery books.