The Candymakers (Mass)

Children’s author Wendy Mass ventures into territory where angels – and most other authors – fear to tread. One would assume that stories set in candy factories would be pretty much off limits because of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but Mass takes the risk. There’s an interesting premise here – about secrets and that even children have them – and Mass’ use of shifting perspectives makes sense here. But the Daisy character is ridiculous and some aspects of Miles’ initial section made me think about stopping the book. It seemed like this section was confusing or even disturbing our children. But we stayed with it. There are things to like here – aspects of teamwork, that parents are not all bad, the details about the candy contest – but overall, I’d suggest skipping this one.

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