The Candy Shop War

The Candy Shop War What If There Were A Place Where You Could Get Magical Candy Moon Rocks That Made You Feel Weightless Jawbreakers That Made You Unbreakable Or Candy That Gave Animals Temporary Human Intelligence And Communication Skills Imagine What Your Pet Would Say Four Young Friends, Nate, Summer, Trevor, And Pigeon, Are Befriended By Belinda White, The Owner Of A New Candy Shop On Main Street However, The Gray Haired, Grandmotherly Mrs White Is Not An Ordinary Candy Maker Her Confections Have Magical Side Effects Purposefully, She Invites The Kids On A Special Mission To Retrieve A Hidden Talisman Under Mt Diablo Elementary School However, Mrs White Is Not The Only Magician In Town In Search Of The Ancient Artifact Rud To Be A Fountain Of Youth She Is Aware That Mr Stott, The Not So Ordinary Ice Cream Truck Driver, Has A Few Tricks Of His Own

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma s house, earning a gold medal Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy S

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  • Hardcover
  • 404 pages
  • The Candy Shop War
  • Brandon Mull
  • English
  • 15 May 2018
  • 9781590387832

10 thoughts on “The Candy Shop War

  1. says:

    4.5 Stars

  2. says:

    I wanted to love this book from the very beginning I absolutely loved the colorful, glittery cover, and the premise seemed like such fun And I admit, I really liked the story However, one thing will keep me from being able to recommend this title to others the author s use of race It made me very uncomfortable From the start he unnecessarily describes non white characters by their race In an even worse example, when the main characters take a magic candy that is supposed to temporarily change their ethnicity as a way to disguise them, one girl becomes Chinese She doesn t have a mirror, so she feels her face and guesses that she is Asian I just felt the author was thisclose to mentioning that she felt her slanty eyes.Ugh That major issue aside, I did like the story and the characters It s about a group of 5th graders, 3 boys and 1 girl, who become friends with an old lady in town She s just opened a brand new candy shop, and enlists the help of the kids Soon enough, though, they find out that it s no ordinary candy shop Mrs White creates magic candy She has the kids do jobs for her that involve breaking the law in the pursuit of a mysterious treasure, then pays them in magic candy Eventually the kids realize they re in the middle of a war and are stuck trying to figure out what s right and who s good and who s bad Like I said, I loved the story, I didn t want to put it down I m just really sad that I can t recommend it to kids when they re looking for something good to read I just wouldn t feel right handing them a book that unnecessarily describes someone as a black female police officer.

  3. says:

    I really, really enjoyed this I had my doubt while reading if I was going to continue to like the characters, but they are so well done I didn t expect the small things mentioned in the beginning to come back at the end and have an impact, so that was fantastic I m really curious to what will happen in the second book I feel like there is enough history and magic to continue this story for a while if he wanted, so I m excited to see which facet he decided to explore .

  4. says:

    I really wanted to like this book I ve been looking forward to reading it for quite a while Unfortunately, there were too many parts that bugged me It got better through the second half, but not enough to make me forget the things I didn t like in the beginning Some of the things I liked the time traveling and how it was used to further the plot, the Brain Feed that allowed animals to talk, and the surprise use of candy at the end One of the things that bothered me was the unflattering descriptions of many of the characters I ve never read a book with so many flabby, chubby, pudgy, and downright fat characters I thought the description of the teacher was particularly mean To be fair, I might not have been so aware of the character descriptions if I hadn t read a review here on Goodreads complaining of the racist descriptions of characters and while I didn t necessarily feel they were all racist, there were plenty of descriptions that centered around race Why Is that really necessary I also didn t like that the four main characters were often asked to do dangerous and illegal things especially in the beginning when they were working for Mrs White I had to keep reminding myself that this is a fantasy story and in no way meant to be thought of as realistic In the end, I guess what it all boils down to is that I didn t enjoy this one nearly as much as I ve been enjoying the Fablehaven series.

  5. says:

    SoI am pretty impressed with Brandon Mull I have read a lot of YA fiction recently since I try and read everything Jdog wants to read before he reads it I think Mull is easily the best recent writer Since Rowling I don t think anyone has WRITTEN a series as well as him There are other fun series like Percy Jackson, Ranger s Apprentice, Artemis Fowl, etc but they are not written as well This guy is actually a great writer I loved the Fablehaven series Candy Shop War is not quite as good This book is similar but different enough that if you weren t looking for it you probably wouldn t be able to tell The major con with this bookmade me super hungry for milkshakes and chocolate all the time Great for any age but probably made for slightly younger young adults

  6. says:

    This is a book in which a group of kids wish to find a way to make exciting Maybe go on an adventure together Well, when a new candy shop opens the kids go in wishing for some sweet treats But they get than they could have ever hoped for Candys that makes you weightless, gum that makes you a super athlete, sweets that change you relook but only for a time In exchange, they go on adventures for the owner But what does the owner really want

  7. says:

    Brandon Mull writes the BEST kids books I get a kick out of writing directed to younger writers, but Mull s books are among my favorite I m reading the Fablehaven series too, and those are awesome, but I think this was my favorite of his so far This book is so imaginative and fun I really couldn t put it down I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure and fantasy.

  8. says:

    This book is a lot of fun, it s exciting, it s not overly scary, and the ending is set up very nicely well in advance although I must say I didn t see it coming It s well written, and if the ethical dilemmas the kids find themselves in aren t very novel, well, at least they make a clear moral message Remember, kids, robbing graves is wrong So why only three stars Well, because even though the writing would normally cause me to give this book four stars, I yanked a star off for the race issues.Yes, it s gonna be one of those reviews Deal with it.There are a lot of, uh, issues in this book, and they re all woven in a messy little package of ick that really mars this otherwise great book.Let s start with the demographics of the main characters We ve got four kids and their families, but for the sake of convenience I ll count each family as one unit , three bullies, two magicians, and a mysterious guy whose job I can t divulge for spoiler reasons And a teacher, and a janitor.All these people are white and non Hispanic, in a state where non Hispanic whites actually make up less than 50% of the population That s just unrealistic I should be suspending my disbelief to deal with magic, not messed up racial demographics.And I know these people are right because of the OTHER big problem in this book How non whites are described.Hoo boy The white people are described with a variety of adjectives honey blond hair , portly , bleary eyed in a stained corduroy jacket , short, pudgy with thick black hair , blond with curly hair , and on one memorable instant plump, balding, with a goatee The last is not an exact quote The non whites all minor characters, I can t think of any that persist for than a page or two are described with their race They re black, Asian, Asian with sliver eyes wtf , or Indian Compare a black female police officer with the police officer, a muscular man with short hair and chiseled cheekbones and something starts to seem wrong It s like the author thinks that simply giving somebody s race is sufficient to describe them Unless they re white, of course, because the hidden message here although I m sure it was unintentional is that white people a are normal and b all look different from each other The few times another adjective is used, it s something that s stereotypically of that race a woman is Vietnamese, small and slight A crying kid is Asian and also tiny.Likewise, when the children change appearance, the book makes a point of mentioning that what changes and the ONLY thing that changes is their race They look like them, but Asian or black or Hawaiian or full blooded Native American The comments they make I kinda was hoping for black or Now would be a great time for a victory hula smack of exoticism, and why Because white people are normal.I know, I know, he didn t mean anything by it I m sure he didn t I m sure the author is not really a bigot, and is probably quite a nice person who believes in equal rights for everybody, etc etc etc This does not mean that the underlying message in these lopsided descriptions isn t there.There s also the thing with the candystore wooden Indian, an ancient chief with feathers and buckskin and a tomahawk, who looks weary but courageous He also SPOILER ALERT comes alive midway through the book and violently steals an important object I m actually gonna give this one a pass on the admittedly dubious grounds that the owner of the wooden Indian presumably got carved it way way way back in the day when this sort of casual racism was widely considered to be okay, and anyway, by that point in the book we know she s evil.I took away one star, and I suggest that you read this book before you buy it, especially if you plan to use it in a classroom It s not really the lack of non white characters if that s your criteria, the unfortunate reality is you ll find yourself with very few books indeed that you can read with your kids, and most of the ones you have will be depressingly uplifting instead of fun , but , as I said, how they re described The cumulative effect of all this left me feeling exhausted, and I m not sure I want to read this with my young nieces.

  9. says:

    After re reading this book, I am starting to discover many themes that I did not notice the first time around for example, a theme that sticks out through out the entire book is that trust is earned, not given freely Near the beginning of the book, the blue falcons discovered Mrs.Whites magical candy and blindly trusted Mrs.White, even though she did not do any thing to gain their trust Soon they discovered that Mrs.White was evil and was after an ancient yet powerful treasure, at the same time discovering they have gotten themselves tied into a magical war between magicians who are content on using them as pawns Later on in the book, the blue falcons met John John earned his trust by spilling all of the secrets the magicians denied Even after their past experiences with Mrs.White, the blue falcons couldn t deny their trust In the end, John proved to be faithful, and supported the blue falcons in the defeat of Mrs.White, and prevented a catastrophe.

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