The Candy Shop War

by Brandon Mull

Books for Boys meeting for this book was held May 19, 2016.

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 rumored 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.

book 1 in the Candy Shop War series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said, “Along with the many surprising turns in events, nail-biting suspense, and fantastic manifestations of magic, there’s some food for thought and spring-boards for discussion of choices (but not at the expense of story). The children soon find their dream-come-true to be their worst nightmare. At the story’s conclusion there are some loose ends that could be worked into a companion story. I must say, Brandon Mull has an amazing imagination. It was so exciting and ingenious that at times I could barely bring myself to go on, it was so tense. I was critical at first, feeling that the first chapter could have been eliminated, but, pressing forward, I soon found myself caught up in the story. This is a book just waiting to be made into a movie. Hope they do it right.”

Lorna rated it ★★★ and said, “3 1/2 stars. I can see why kids would like it. Very imaginative.”

Miranda rated it ★★★.

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