The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe

The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe

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by Brandon Mull
     
 

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It will take more than magical candy to win this war!

Something fishy is going on at the new amusement center in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dar, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover kids feverishly playing

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It will take more than magical candy to win this war!

Something fishy is going on at the new amusement center in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dar, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover kids feverishly playing arcade games in an effort to win enough tickets to redeem one of four stamps: jets, tanks, submarines, and racecars.

Rumor has it that the stamps are definitely worth it. But what do they do?

The kids soon discover that the owner of Arcadeland is recruiting members for four different clubs. When each club is filled, he will begin his quest to retrieve a magical talisman of almost unimaginable power. With John Dart and Mozag sidelined, will Nate, Summer, Trevor, Pigeon, and their new friend Lindy, find a way to save the day? Find out in this sweetest adventure ever!

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Young Reader: Fiction
Foreword Book of the Year Award 2012 Finalist
Great Southwest Book Festival Children’s Book Award—1st place

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review

“A rollicking adventure, sure to delight young readers—especially those with a sweet tooth.”—Midwest Book Review
Benjamin Franklin Award for Young Readers

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Young Readers: Fiction
Foreword Book of the Year Award

Foreword Book of the Year Award Finalist
Great Southwest Book Festival Award

Great Southwest Book Festival Children’s Book Award winner
Utah Book Award

Utah Book Award Nominee
Kirkus Reviews
The arrival of another nefarious magician prompts further world-saving, fruit-flavored magic and bonding by a squad of small-town preteens in this laidback sequel (The Candy Shop War, 2007). Fishy doings at the newly opened Arcadeland draw Nate and sidekicks in to play some cool games--and, thanks to free use of Peak Performance gum, to win so many thousands of tickets that arcade owner Jonas White recruits them to compete against one another in finding a set of long-hidden real-world talismans. White's ultimate goal, as it turns out, is possession of a voodoo-doll–like simulacrum of the entire Earth called "Uweya," which was created in prehistoric times by a great (if maybe not too bright) mage and then hidden away behind corridors of swinging blades, armies of clay warriors and like obstacles. Amid easy banter and with help from aptly named goodies concocted by magician/baker Sebastian Stott, the young heroes set out to find Uweya, rescue captured friends and scotch White's plot. Readers unfamiliar with the previous episode may have trouble weathering both the author's sketchy efforts to recap events and the slew of new characters, but like the tasty Moon Rocks that give Nate and friends the ability to leap buildings (short ones, at least) in a single bound, the tale floats along airily. Action aplenty, with tongue (and candy) firmly in cheek. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609075187
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Series:
Candy Shop War Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
84,482
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Roman shook his head. “I’m not supposed to go to Arcadeland again.”

“That’s why I came,” Marisa said. “I knew you’d think twice before coming back. I get that you’re not supposed to, but you have to do it. Trust me. It’s worth the risk.”

Roman heard the floor creak out in the hall. Chills raced through him. Marisa shot him a worried look. “Go,” he whispered urgently.

“Come to the arcade Saturday morning,” she whispered back, lunging toward the window. “Use any excuse. Just come.”

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