Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

What would it be like to have magical candy? Nate and his friends find out in this fun book. Nate moves to town and is befriended by Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon. As the school year begins, the four friends begin working for Mrs. White at the new candy store in town. But she has more in mind for them than an after school job. Soon she is sending them on missions, armed with magic candy. But Mrs. White isn't the only magician in town and soon the kids are drawn into an adventure far more dangerous than they could have imagined.

I enjoyed reading this book as did my teenage son. It was full of action and surprising turns in the plot that kept me guessing what might happen next. My only complaint was with the characters. There were many times were I felt jolted out of the story when the kids would say something that didn't seem to fit. They were written as ten-year-old kids in grade five. Often, their conversation didn't seem to fit their age. The vocabulary they used and some of the things they talked about seemed to fit a teenager more than a child. Other than that, I really liked the book. This is one of my books from the Summer Book Trek.


LDS Publisher said...

Great review! Thanks for participating in the Summer Book Trek.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed Fablehaven by Mull, and after reading this review, maybe I'll pick this up.

Wendy said...

I liked this book, too. When I got to the end, I was completely surprised--even though I shouldn't have been. Looking back at it I realize the "solution" was there all the time, but Mull did a great job making it work.

I agree with your synopsis of the characters' age, too--I kept wondering, "The parents are letting ten-year-olds just hang out at a candy store after school?" They weren't on white fudge the entire time.

Anyway, thanks for the review!

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