Saturday, May 10, 2014

Book Review by Nick Lovejoy

Nick Lovejoy gives us a look at another Golden Sower nominee for 2014.


The Candymakers is a story that takes place in modern times. It is about the Confectionary association’s annual new candy contest. The contestants in region three are Logan Sweet, Miles O’Leary, Daisy Carpenter, and Philip Ransford III. Logan Sweet is the son of Richard Sweet (aka the candymaker) and can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone. Miles O’Leary is a younger kid who talks about the afterlife and is allergic to rowboats, pancakes, and the color pink. Daisy Carpenter is a girl who can lift a fifty pound piece of taffy like it‘s a feather pillow. Philip Ransford III is the kid (maybe) who wears a tuxedo 24/7 and is always writing in a secret notebook. They each start making their own candy to enter in the contest and each one has a good reason to win. What are those reasons? Who wins the contest? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. What? Don’t tell me you thought I was gonna tell you everything, this is a book review, not a spoiler alert, buddy. Oh yeah, an evil guy called Second Enterprises is trying to close the candy factory and he has an agent in the factory trying to swipe the secret ingredient.

The call number for this book is J FIC MAS and it is normally kept on the far wall of the junior section near the graphic novels with the Golden Sower nominees.

My favorite part of the book is when Philip distracts a group of people by playing the candy man song on his violin. Personally I find that this book is pretty much gender neutral and would probably appeal to anyone who has read and enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl. Wendy Mass has created a masterpiece that will leave one’s mouth watering and also craving some candy!

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