The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

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Fans of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will adore Kate Saunders’s new middle-grade adventure!
 
“A whizz-pop chocolate romp.” —Kirkus Review
 
Enter a world filled with magical chocolate, evil villains, and an adventure twins Lily and Oz never could have dreamed. . . .
 
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Overview

Fans of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will adore Kate Saunders’s new middle-grade adventure!
 
“A whizz-pop chocolate romp.” —Kirkus Review
 
Enter a world filled with magical chocolate, evil villains, and an adventure twins Lily and Oz never could have dreamed. . . .
 
Lily and Oz Spoffard have just inherited a magical house with a mysterious boarded-up chocolate shop on the ground floor. The twins’ great-great-uncles were famous chocolatiers, and their chocolate was ANYTHING but ordinary. In fact, it had magical properties.
 
Now an evil gang is after the secret recipe, and it’s up to Lily and Oz to stop them. The fate of their family, and the world, depends on it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This entertaining English fantasy from Saunders (Magicalamity) reads as though conjured up by a clever child’s imagination, creating a world where, behind ordinary police and government forces, a Secret Ministry of the Unexplained (SMU) exists to handle goblins, ghosts, and “anything... unexplained that might be a threat to national security.” Eleven-year-old twins Lily and Oz Spoffard are introduced to the SMU by a talking cat when their family inherits, and moves into, their great-great-uncles’ house, which includes the remains of their once-famous chocolate shop. Learning that the chocolate their great-great-uncles made was no ordinary confection, and that one of them—wicked, immortal Isadore—is still alive and trying to supply a dangerous terrorist gang with immortality chocolate, the twins, along with an adventurous new friend, are pulled into the SMU’s quest to find and stop Isadore. A quick pace and intricate plot twists keep excitement high, while the warm family dynamics, unexpected relationships, and thoughtful character development add just the right amount of depth to this enjoyable and moving romp through a magical London underworld. Ages 10–up. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
What do you get when you mix chocolate, magic, dyslexia and immortality? Plenty of zany intrigue, that's what. When the Spoffard family inherits 18 Skittle Street, London, twins Lily and Oz are pleased to discover it includes a now-defunct old-fashioned chocolate shop. At first it's just a lark, but soon the kids are drawn into a vortex of historical tensions involving their mysterious triplet relatives--great-great-uncles Pierre and Isadore and great-grandfather Marcel. Ongoing challenges range from fighting off the demands of the Schmertz Gang for magical chocolate and dealing with the Secret Ministry of the Unexplained to assuaging the immortal and evil Isadore's pain over unrequited love for his sister-in-law, Daisy. Helpful cohorts include a skateboarding neighborhood boy named Caydon, with talking-animal assistance provided by a plump cat named Demerara and a rat named Spike. A Time-Glass that shows events from the past and magical postcards add to the fun. Light and fluffy when not bogged down in explanations, the narrative gives occasional overt or implied nods to Harry Potter, James Bond, Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. Infused with cheerful flecks of British humor, the characters eventually endear themselves to readers, especially as Isadore proves to be an incompetent villain tired of immortality. Readers may appreciate references to dyslexia as another kind of magic. A whizz-pop chocolate romp. (Fantasy. 9-12)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The chocolate shop on Skittle Street in London has been abandoned since the tragic deaths of brothers Marcel and Pierre, master chocolate makers in 1938. Their descendants, the Spoffard family, which includes eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily, have come to take up residence in the vacant home, once the scene of magical chocolate spells. It is not long before the children meet an immortal cat and rat who tell a story of the brothers' murder and implication of brother Isadore in their demise. The twins are secreted off to MI6, where along with another wizard, neighbor Caydon, they are employed to find two chocolate molds before they fall into the hands of evil Isadore. It is Isadore's plan to sell the molds to the sinister Schmertz gang. The first mission goes off without a hitch but when Oz is kidnapped by Isadore, the objective becomes one of rescue of Oz and capture of Isadore. While the twins and MI6 plot their liberation, Oz and Isadore, in a dank underground hideout, begin to form a close relationship. The repentant Uncle Isadore finds himself willing to work with MI6 when he learns that his chocolate spell can save the life of the Spoffard's unborn baby. If the word fantasy conjures up words like extravagant and unrestrained than this novel fills the bill. The combination of suspense, humor, and silliness unite to create a wild read that requires suspending belief. Alluring cover art, an enticing title, and elements of Harry Potter magic and James Bond gadgets will win readers over. References to Nazis' and Isadore's constant state of drunkenness may be off-putting. The addition of a ghostly elephant seems to be of little purpose and the chapter about Demerara, the immortal cat's rampage in the park after a spell goes wrong could easily have been omitted without detriment to the story. Not a fit for everyone but fantasy fans and readers with a bent for the quirky will like this one. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily move into a haunted house inherited from their great-great-uncles, who were triplets. The wallpaper in Lily's room gossips and taunts her, while the mysterious chocolate shop downstairs holds its own charms. The uncles were sorcerers of a sort and developed a magic recipe for chocolate. When one of them defected to the evil side and created a chocolate potion for immortality, he killed his brothers, hoping to retrieve their two golden molds. The only way to achieve the magic combination is by using all three molds as one. Unfortunately, an evil gang has gotten wind of the recipe and has even more dastardly plans. Oz, Lily, and a friend are thrust headlong into an exciting secret mission to stop the evil before it is too late. With the aid of a glamorous talking cat, a feisty cigar-smoking rat, a ghost of an elephant, and even the equivalent of James Bond secret agents, the good versus evil battle begins. This story has adventure, excitement, humor, and magic, and will appeal to boys and girls alike.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385743013
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 219,972
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

KATE SAUNDERS has written lots of books for adults and children. She lives in London with her son and her three cats. 

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    Review title: England Escapade. Wizards, warlocks, and witches a

    Review title: England Escapade.
    Wizards, warlocks, and witches are trying to undo a past wrong. Add some young people, a cat, and a rat and see what happens. Then add London as the backdrop and you have a recipe for a good storyline. The main characters are developed enough for you to visualize them in your mind. *Great novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    I love this book!!!

    When i first read it one of the first things i said after reading a few pages is that this book brought together two of my favorite things to think about. Chocolate and magic! This book is creativly written and a fantastic read. It got me thinking just what would happen if it was real. If you want a load more of fantastical books with a touch of magic read more by Kate Saunders. Another great book similar to this is Bliss. Its also a mix of chocolate and magic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    :) So Good

    So interesting. It is amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    :) love it

    It is sooo good its the best book i have read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    The Whizzz pop Chocolate Shop is awesome.

    I will give this book 4/5 because it wasvery detailed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    How many pages is this book?

    How many pages is this book? Reply to freeman-kennedy

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