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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 ch I wanted to love this book from the very beginning. 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.
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 more 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. View all 64 comments. Dec 12, Connor rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens. 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 more.
Book Review: “The Candy Shop War” by Brandon Mull
Jan 26, Luann rated it it was ok Shelves: time-travel , , fantasy , childrens. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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. 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 des I really wanted to like this book!
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. Is that really necessary? 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.
View all 3 comments. Jul 16, Melissa rated it liked it. I 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. 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 So 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 book Great for any age but probably made for slightly younger young adults Sep 11, Ian Epp rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
This is a book in which a group of kids wish to find a way to make more 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 more 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?
View 1 comment. Mar 08, Tanis rated it it was amazing. 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. View all 4 comments. Aug 25, Connie rated it liked it. 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 is 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. 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. That's just unrealistic. I should be suspending my disbelief to deal with magic, not messed-up racial demographics.
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.
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The non-whites all minor characters, I can't think of any that persist for more than a page or two are described They're black, Asian, "Asian with sliver eyes" wtf? Compare "a black female police officer" with "the police officer, a muscular man with short hair and chiseled cheekbones" and something starts to seem 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. 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. 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".
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 more, 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. After re-reading this book, I am starting to discover many more 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 sa After re-reading this book, I am starting to discover many more 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.
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. May 14, Angie rated it liked it. This was an "interesting" book. I loved the premise - kids eat magical candy that give them powers. However, I didn't like the adult situations the kids were put in - robbing a museum, digging up a grave, etc. Also, all of the adult eat addicting white fudge and are basically "drugged out" the entire time.
I read this book with Lindsey and she absolutely loved it! She and I were able to discuss the parts I was most uncomfortable with, so it led to a few good talks. Overall, the book wasn't bad, This was an "interesting" book. Overall, the book wasn't bad, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it for younger kids. Mar 24, Robert rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult , with-emily , with-family. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two Fablehaven books with Emily, so we thought we'd go for another book by Brandon Mull.
We read most of it driving back and forth visiting family, and it helped the hour commute go by quickly and enjoyably. I didn't gel as well with the characters; Nate and Trevor seemed pretty much the same and Summer was flat as well. Pidge had some roundness to him, but there wasn't much character development. The plot was a little slow at times; most of the book lacked a I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two Fablehaven books with Emily, so we thought we'd go for another book by Brandon Mull.
The plot was a little slow at times; most of the book lacked an overarching motivation.
The end, however, came off perfectly. I most enjoyed his exploration into the magic that the candy provided. Pigeon nodded. Summer started waving her arms and shaking her hips. A moment later she quit the dance and swatted him on the arm. Pigeon grinned. May 4, Some books aren't as good the second time through, some get better. This one got better. Somewhat remembering what is coming somehow made everything better. I felt I had a better handle on a plot that turns out to be fairly complicated.
We're looking forward to reading the sequel. Sep 19, AndrewH rated it it was amazing. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to able to jump like you're on the moon, or to be invincible, or to even be able to change your appearance? Nate is the new kid, and he's made three other friends: Summer, Pigeon, and Trevor. The four of them eventually find a new candy shop owned by an old lady named Ms.
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White, who tells them she has magic candy. In exchange for the candy, they must complete tasks for her, but over time, these tasks get riskier and make the four wonder what Ms. White Have you ever wondered what it would be like to able to jump like you're on the moon, or to be invincible, or to even be able to change your appearance? White really wants. The plot of the book was a very strange plot but Brandon Mull somehow managed to pull it off.
I really liked how he pulled away from the generic knights and dragons and trolls and did something much more diverse and different than what many of his other book and authors. I really appreciate that.
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Feb 22, Dylan Weight rated it it was amazing. This is a book about some friends. They stumble apon an old lady. This lady has a candy shop.
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She also has magic candy. Because they took the magic candy they wanted more. Tott punched someone he felt the pain the the punch I liked the book because it is kind the kind of thos books that are based on what if. I al This is a book about some friends. I also like it because it because it is very relate-able other than the magic.
Aug 03, Selah Latshaw rated it it was amazing. Such a great book. While being adventurous and exciting, it was also funny and witty. This book is perfect for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who are looking for a good read. I used this book for my summer reading and I definitely don't regret it! The characters and everyone WOW! The characters and everyone in the book were developed so well.
I can't believe how much I enjoyed summer reading this year. Great book. To start with this book was very slow paced and boring. However, during the last two hundred pages of the book the action started happening and I really ended up enjoying it! Yes, it is middle grade but, to me it seemed like it needed to be a young adult novel due to some events that happen. The characters were amazing and I loved the friendship between all of them. The world building was very interesting and some of the most amazing plot twists took place!
I will definitely be reading more of B To start with this book was very slow paced and boring. I will definitely be reading more of Brandon Mull's work! Jan 06, Mischa rated it really liked it. Mikaylie, just finished this book and begged me to read it too. A great read when you are looking for something fun to relax with, but not too deep. The author does include a great list of questions at the end of the book for discussion.
I'd recommend reading this with a child 2nd grade and on and talking about the different issues the kids face in the book. Feb 07, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: award-winners. Every kid's dream: the new candy shop in town is stocked with magical candy that can disguise you, make you float, make others do your bidding. The downside: the owner wants you to "earn" it.
With a little treasure-hunting. You know, the usual. Fun book with believable young and old characters, loads of action, and a totally inventive plot! Jan 20, McKell rated it it was amazing.
Brandon Mull is definately one of my favortie authors. I really enjoy his style of writing, and his imagination. Just like Fablehaven this book has it's share of twists. I love that Mr Mull can make the danger feel so real. May 04, Ethan Smith rated it it was ok. Maybe it was being forced to listen to this in a cramped car on long journies, or the lady who read its droning and monotonous voice? Dec 16, C-shaw rated it really liked it. A library book.
I like Brandon Mull's writing style, will read more of his novels. View 2 comments. Dec 29, Karissa rated it liked it. The book ended up being a bit disappointing; I had some trouble engaging in the story and the characters. I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent. The narrator was fine and easy to listen to. Nate has just moved to a new town with his parents and is well on his way to making friends with some of the neighbor kids: Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon.
Then a new candy shop opens up in town called Sweet Tooth. The owner of the new candy shop, Belinda White, is a sweet matronly woman who asks the foursome to run a couple errands for her. If they complete the errands she says that she will give them some very special magical candy. Since the arrival of his new daughter, he is more the golem of the household than ever, following whatever orders trickle down the chain of command.
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