The Candy Shop War (Candy Shop War Series #1)

The Candy Shop War (Candy Shop War Series #1)

by Brandon Mull


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Magical candy that gives kids superpowers? Sweet! The possibility of evil overtaking the world? Not so tasty. And so begins The Candy Shop War, a trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven series.

Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the…unusual side. In this start to the series, four young friends—Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon—meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies: Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise.

In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own. But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? And why are all these “magicians” trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who can they trust?

The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four of them discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure—one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481411196
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: Candy Shop War Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 39,293
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series, as well as the bestselling Five Kingdoms, Candy Shop Wars, and Dragonwatch series. He resides in Utah, in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. Brandon’s greatest regret is that he has but one life to give for Gondor.

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Candy Shop War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
Libra007 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was exciting, funny, and amazingly written. Brandon Mull is an excellent writer. I would LOVE to give this book 5 stars, but I'm holding back because of one offensive issue: Mull's senseless handling of race. He carelessly says, "Some Asian kid balling his eyes out and holding his mom.." at the beginning, and throws out tons of "The coach, a big black guy". The thing that annoyed me was the "melting-pot" candies that could change a person's race. Mull senselessly describes Asians having "squinty eyes" and a Latino boy being this and that, and one of his characters says "Cool! I was hoping for black!" It just amplified racial stereotyping in that moment of the story, and I was fairly disappointed in Mull for adding that in.
packratx More than 1 year ago
This book has magic. And It has candy. In fact it has MAGIC CANDY. I need to keep going? Because when I was a kid, I would've been all over that!!!! I can also add that I adored this book and devoured it in one sitting. My only warning? It makes you need to eat candy. Not want. NEED!'s a little disappointing that your candy doesn't make you fly or invincible. *grumbles about the need for magic Twizzlers* I read a LOT of MG, and this is one of my favorites. And when I was a kid, I would have loved it even more. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun read. :)
MikefromStateCollege More than 1 year ago
I read the novel with my eight-year-old son, and we both enjoyed the story a great deal. A fun, well-written novel with non-stop action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has OUTSTANDING imagination! Brandon Mull's charcters are enjoyable, loving and most of all... magical! Buy it! It's worth it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know this book is written for a younger audience, but I'm 23 and loved it! The characters made you want to keep turning every page to find out what happens to them! Would definitely recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I read the fablehaven books and this one was just as good...maybe even better!! Go brandon mull!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever U should read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that my mom had to hide it froom me so that I could spend some time with my family and friends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent even finished it and its the best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it but like one kid said, it does tend to have some racial discrimantion, and yes i understand that kids even in my grade (7) talk like this but it was a little to much if it wasnt fot that it would have 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:})
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fiction book is a thrilling suspense that will keep you reading to see what happens next. Brandon Mulls sweet and magical book is full of unexpected twists and turns. In this book four friends meet a crazy candy shop lady who says she can make magical candy, and this is true, she can make candy that can give you magical powers. For example, she makes candy that can make you experience zero gravity, wipe out your memory, and even change you into a monster. So if you like magic and mysteries that you canâ¿¿t predict, then this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing and has a magical, sweet, twist to it. The Blue Falcons have been inl lthere stickyest situation yet. The sweet, but not so sweet, Miss. White has opened a new candy shop, and the shop itself looks pretty regular but inside it's a whole other world. There is magical candies that grants you different superhuman powers. Miss. White is some what nice, that is untill you get on her bad side. Nate is the new kid that just comes to town, and meets the Blue Falcons. Summer is the bravest one out of the four in the Bue Falcons, and is the only girl. Pigeon is the smartest out of the group and comes to school trying out a new look. Trevor the last member in the Blue Falcons, and ends up getting caught by Miss. White. The Blue Falcons is a trespassing, treasure hunting, and job bidding crew. The book is fantastic and is a wonderful candy lovers book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I red this book from the library and decide it is a must have and ever since i have got my nook i have been waitingbfor the right time to get it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am reading the book,it makes me want to read other books by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished this book and it was incredible! granted the title and cover is a little cheesey, but once you start, you won't put it down. all the sweets (and more magic) of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. a fun read. i can't wait for more from Mull!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has all the necessary qualities of a great kids fantasy: memorable characters, a great plot, imagination, and suspense. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in a fun book for middle school kids, and kids at heart like me.
jessica1975 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not impressed with this book at all.After reading the Fablehaven seried I had high hopes for this one,unfortunately it fell flat for me.I tryed to get interested in the characters and storyline but just couldnt do it.
jfoster_sf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hard to describe without giving hints to major info you shouldn't know right away. Pretty much there are magicians who can make magical candy that gives you powers-there's a race to find something-and there's one guy out there trying to stop the magicians from getting it. Fun read with new ideas, but not anywhere close to being as good as his Fablehaven series.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 more 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
CatheOlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A new candy shop opens in town run by a sweet gray haired old lady . . . but the candy has special powers and four fifth graders are allowed to eat the most powerful candy of all . . . if they do what the old lady says. This was recommended to me by some kids from my school library, but I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. The dialogue wasn't great and there seemed to be an awful lot of explaining, especially toward the end. Maybe it's one that kids like more than adults . . .
johnlobe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On its surface, The Candy Shop War is a well spun suspense story. Mull has taken it much further though, with weightier than usual character arcs and ethical issues. The prose are well constructed and generous amounts of humour are a welcome ingredient along side some truly suspenseful moments.
Jennyonfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was going to be enitrely enjoyable. I've read and enjoyed all of the Fablehaven books so I thought I was going to like this one as well. Not so. After the first 100 pages or so I found the reading to be tedious and utterly predictable. Truth is, I didn't even finish the book, although I'm sure I can tell you how it ends. All of the characters lacked depth or even originality. This book was a struggle for me and I really wanted to enjoy it.
readermom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got more than I bargained for in this book. While it is definitely a children's book, the writing was very good and there was a lot in the book for an adult as well.The realization that this wasn't just another kid's book came about two chapters in when I began to feel very uncomfortable and debated on quitting the book entirely. There is a section where the children are being invited by what seems like a very nice person to run errands and such in. All of the normal rules are being followed, she doesn't just give them stuff, they have to earn their reward and there is nothing overtly wrong, but as an adult, you can tell something is.I was amazed at the ability of the author to write a section where the children acted very realistically, but as an adult, you could see the problems and feel suspicious of a character. Usually when this happens in a book, it is because the main character is an idiot. Like in a horror movie when the entire audience is saying,"DON"T GO INTO THE MYSTERIOUS, DARK AND GLOOMY CELLAR!" and the character does anyway.The brilliant thing about Mull's writing is that you don't feel the children are being stupid or willfully blind. That is the squirm factor, they are just being kids and the bad character is taking advantage of that very skillfully. That isn't really much of a spoiler because lots of other good things happen and the ending had a great twist.So if you know a kid that likes suspense and a bit of action, this would be a great book, but if you are a grown-up, beware.