I love all of Wendy Mass' books and couldn't believe that I never read The Candymakers! It came to my attention a few weeks ago, when I was giving book talks to my class for the book nominees for the 2014 CT Nutmeg Book Award. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass is one of the intermediate nominees. I couldn't believe I hadn't read this book yet and had multiple copies in my classroom. I immediately took one of the books home to read and enjoy this weekend and I loved it!
I love how this book has similarities to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (one of my favorite childhood movies!) and how the parts of the book are told by the four contestants' perspectives so the reader hears their point of view on the events. I also love how some of the contestants are connected in unpredictable ways and how the connections are revealed to the reader. This book is full of humor, mystery, suspense, friendship, and heartwarming moments too! Enjoy!
Enjoy reading this week! :)