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Candymakers
Candymakers | Wendy Mass
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In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew? Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone? Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather? Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.
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One of my all-time favorite middle grade books is a #LetterC!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for playing!! 2mo
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I‘m so behind on reviews—this was last month‘s #MGBuddyRead! It was a fun adventure about 4 kids competing in a candy-making competition. While I enjoyed getting to know each character & the “same day, different perspective” structure worked for me, there was one backstory I just didn‘t buy—it didn‘t fit with the rest of the book. The ending felt a bit contrived as well, but the friendships and the personal resolutions each kid finds were—sweet.😆

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🍫 🍭What's your favorite candy?🍭🍫
Take 5, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Chocolate-covered marshmallow egg/tree/pumpkin shapes here!

This was a light pick for me, but might be better for the intended MG kids. We follow 4 kids through a candymaking competition with layers of the day including through each kid's POV. This isn't just marshmallow fluff, though. These kids are dealing with some real life issues and ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick and there's some humor. Early on, uptight rich kid Phillip says "we're losing daylight here" and he's exactly the type of kid you'd expect to say it!? Daisy has an outlandish background and it was rather unbelievable.
This had been on my radar for a couple of years so I was glad for the chance to read the book. Keep the candy close by! Thanks @megnews #mgmarch #middlegrademarch
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Allylu I liked this one, too! 1y
Pageturner1 Oh yes!! another chocolate covered marshmallow lover!! 🍫🍫 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Pageturner1 Yes and tomorrow I hope to find some Easter egg shaped chocolate covered marshmallows on sale!🤗 1y
Pageturner1 me too!! 🐣😁 1y
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Allylu
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Woohoo! I finished my 24th book this month! One more to go. I was hesitant to read this book, not because it was long, because I don‘t really like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (especially the movie!) and someone compared it to that. It‘s not like it. It‘s so much better and there are plenty of surprises, great friendships and a “sweet” ending. I liked it a lot. #100YEARS100BOOKS #BookSpinBingo #8 (2 bingos) #MGMarch #23

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous progress!! 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂🥳🎉😊 2y
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amber_ldsmom I thought it was really cute with a lot of good messages, but the whole spy thing was a pretty hokey. I wish she had had a different story. 2y
BarbaraJean @amber_ldsmom I totally agree about the spy thing!! It just didn‘t fit. If there had been other elements of the story that were similarly exaggerated, maybe it could have worked, but there weren‘t. It seemed so out of place. 2y
amber_ldsmom @BarbaraJean I‘m so glad someone agrees with me! 2y
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ravenlee @amber_ldsmom @BarbaraJean exactly! Daisy could have been after the secrets without there being this whole ridiculous spy industrial farm thing. It felt like pandering (how can we sell this to a broader market? I dunno, throw some spy junk in there?) and was distracting from the character development that was going on. I‘m curious to read the next book but not rushing out to get it. 2y
mrp27 I liked it but wasn't wowed. It felt it missing that whimsical and magical touch. 2y
megnews @amber_ldsmom @BarbaraJean @ravenlee @mrp27 I‘m wondering your thoughts on the butterfly? 2y
sblbooks I agree with what everyone else is saying regarding daisy's storyline. Overall, a cute story. 2y
mrp27 I liked it and I liked the quote you posted about it but I don't think it added a whole lot more to the story for me. 2y
ravenlee Like many things in the story, the butterfly seemed nice to me but a little belabored. I think the author needs to give readers/kids a little more credit and not try so hard to spoon feed. 2y
Butterfinger @ravenlee @sblbooks @amber_ldsmom @BarbaraJean I felt the same way. Being raised as a spy was so over the top. I think I put it in my review. I couldn't quite figure out how to choose its genre so I finally went with fantasy because of the spying. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't love it, but it wasn't a bad way to spend a few hours. A little heavy-handed, but I'm not the intended demographic. I literally laughed early on when Phillip said "we're losing daylight here." Uptight or not, what kid says that phrase?!? I kind of enjoyed him as a little jerk. I think if this was Daisy's first spy mission for her family, it would've sat better with me, but it ended up being too wild. 2y
megnews @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Probably repeating what he‘s heard his dad say. I definitely didn‘t care for his dad. 2y
Bookgoil Not as good as some other candy books I‘ve read but pretty fun. 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews I am in the unpopular opinion of Daisy's story. I think her story is what kept me interested enough to keep reading. It brought in some elements(magic and fantasy) that were unexpected when the other 3 characters had pretty predictable,slow story lines.I also think Daisy's story is what made the book a fun read. I rather enjoyed the whole spy storyline. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading book 2. 3.5 stars 1y
Lmstraubie I'm so sorry to be late to responding. I haven't gotten any Litsy notifications in about a month and a half. Not sure why, but trying to figure it out. Please keep tagging me!! 1y
megnews @Lmstraubie no problem. I figured life got busy. I‘ll keep tagging you! 1y
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BarbaraJean The structure worked for me. I felt like it heightened the mystery, and the author did a good job of not repeating too much we‘d already read—seeing scenes from new perspectives usually added something instead of feeling repetitive. 2y
ravenlee It took me well into the second section to appreciate the structure - which is when I really started to enjoy the book. Up to that point it felt too much like other books I‘ve read before that were done better (the Lemoncello series in particular). But once the other POVs started interlacing it got much better. 2y
mrp27 I enjoyed the approach, it was different and I liked hearing the other perspectives. At the same time it also felt like it slowed the story down. (edited) 2y
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sblbooks I think it worked. 2y
Roary47 After I realized what was going on I liked it. This is why audio reading can be a challenge sometimes. 2y
Butterfinger So so for me. I didn't enjoy the same scenario in different perspectives. It picked up when Logan was the narrator again and they were all in it together. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick A few passages began to feel redundant, but I ultimately enjoyed experiencing the events little by little through each of the children. I also thought it was clever how Logan didn't really think about burns and we learned of them through the other children. 2y
megnews @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick yes when I got to Miles I thought “wait did I miss something?” 2y
Bookgoil It was okay I think maybe if we spent more time in just two characters and met the others that would have been fine 2y
SaturnDoo I normally like multiple POVs but this one got a bit repetitive at times which bogged the story down and made it lengthier than it should have been. But overall it worked out to be ok. @megnews 1y
megnews @SaturnDoo I agree. I‘m trying to think how she could use a similar concept of one day without being so repetitive 1y
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amber_ldsmom Miles‘ story was my favorite part. It was so tender and sweet. Also, an unexpected backstory for a kids‘ book. 2y
BarbaraJean I got annoyed when I got to Daisy‘s section. I felt like the spy thing was far-fetched and out of place when the rest of the book seemed like it was supposed to be realistic. I just didn‘t buy it. I did really enjoy the characters, especially once we got to know Philip better. 2y
ravenlee I agree with @BarbaraJean that Daisy‘s section was too much. I figured she was after the secrets, but the whole spy mansion thing was over the top. My favorite part was having bits of Logan‘s story revealed through the others‘ sections. Oh, and I didn‘t care for the note at the beginning telling us what to look for - it should have just unfolded instead of being an assignment. (edited) 2y
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mrp27 I enjoyed the beginning and the set up of the factory and Miles story. But by the time it got to Daisy and Phillip I was getting bored. 2y
megnews @mrp27 @ravenlee @BarbaraJean @amber_ldsmom I generally enjoy multiple POV‘s and it was interesting how the one day looked through each persons‘ eyes. At the same time , by the 3rd or 4th time through it got a little long. 2y
megnews Oops I should have answered that in the next question ⬆️ 2y
sblbooks Daisy's story was not believable, therefore it was my least favorite. 2y
Roary47 Yeah I agree Daisys story was over the top. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Even though Daisy's POV was totally unrealistic, I liked the beginning the least. Logan felt like he was trying too hard and I only appreciated him once I began to see him through the others. 2y
Bookgoil Probably going between characters so often 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews My least favorite part was Phillip's story. Phillip jumped around on my nerves from the very beginning and was my least favorite character of all of them. I had a very hard time relating to him and what he stood for. Although Daisy's story was a little far fetched, I found her story to be my favorite. It was more interesting than the rest. It contained more action with magical/fantasy type elements to it. 1y
megnews @SaturnDoo I agree about Phillip. I‘m glad he came around in the end. 1y
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megnews I don‘t know what I thought it was but not what it ended up being. 2y
amber_ldsmom I guessed it. 2y
ravenlee I figured it was something like what it turned out to be. I actually thought it was just an empty box and the ingredient was something like mystery or je ne sais quoi. 2y
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megnews @amber_ldsmom @ravenlee you guys are good!!! 2y
sblbooks I had no idea. 2y
megnews @sblbooks neither did I 2y
Roary47 I thought is was a secret to even the candy makers, but was like a natural fruit antioxidant. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I suspected the secret ingredient was something like love or an effervescent oxygen. They mentioned so many others, it was hard to pin down something secret. 2y
Bookgoil Something very odd I wasn‘t sure 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews I suspected the secret ingredient would be something along the lines of what it was simply because all other ingredients were talked about throughout the book. 1y
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What ingredients would you use? (Bonus: what is your favorite candy?)

amber_ldsmom I was trying to think of this throughout the book, but I just don‘t know. Something chocolatey, definitely. Favorite candy is orange chocolate. 2y
ravenlee That‘s a tough one. The candies I like are generally not too sweet, or else I enjoy them in small doses. I really have no idea what I would come up with for a contest. 2y
mrp27 That thought was in the back of my mind the entire book. My favorite candy/chocolate are Baby Ruth. Goo goo clusters or Reese's peanut butter cups. I also enjoy starbursts jelly beans. I think I'd invent something in the chocolate category. 2y
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megnews @amber_ldsmom @ravenlee @mrp27 Reese‘s used to be my fav. Then for a long time dark chocolate. Now I‘m a milk chocolate fan. And I‘m kind of plain. I don‘t like nuts or caramel so I felt anything I‘d make would probably not win for creativity. 2y
sblbooks How about a pickle flavor gummy candy? 2y
sblbooks My favorite type of candy is soft caramel chews. 2y
mrp27 @megnews I'm so opposite, I love all kinds of nuts or caramel in my chocolate! 2y
megnews @mrp27 I‘m used to that. Everyone I know does! 2y
megnews @sblbooks ew! I don‘t think I could eat a pickled flavor candy but I‘m sure there‘s a market for it! 2y
sblbooks @megnews I tried to think of something I haven't heard of before.🍬 I do love pickles. 2y
megnews @sblbooks I love pickles too. Just hard to imagine them in a different texture. 2y
sblbooks @megnews have you tried dill pickle potato chips? 2y
Roary47 I‘d make a blue raspberry hard candy that would be low in sugar and blue dye. I‘d bring back the whistle stick, but it would be biodegradable. 😊💛 2y
megnews @Roary47 I love blue raspberry hard candy. And sour apple. When he was making the harmonica I couldn‘t quit thinking about that whistle. I wonder if some old fashioned candy stores still have them? 2y
megnews @sblbooks no I didn‘t know there were any. Now that sounds good. 2y
Butterfinger @megnews @Roary47 that is a great idea. Bring the whistle back. My hometown candy shop may have them. I kid you not, they have the candy cigarettes. 2y
megnews @Butterfinger we have a candy shop a few towns over that has some old fashioned candy. I‘m going to look there next time I go. Kids don‘t know what they‘re missing nowadays 😆 @Roary47 (edited) 2y
megnews @Butterfinger @Roary47 I used to fill my kids Easter baskets with that old time candy. That place also has the cigarettes! I couldn‘t believe it 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think I'd make some sort of candy with dark & milk chocolate and raspberry, like a bon bon. My favorites are Take 5, Snickers, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. 2y
megnews @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick ooh dark and milk chocolate combo is the best of both worlds! 😊 2y
Bookgoil Something with marshmallows and cherry coating cause I‘m a weirdo 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews and @sblbooks I love dill pickle chips. I love pickles too so I would totally be down for some dill pickle gummy bears. I wonder if Jelly Belly jelly beans has a dill pickle flavor. I know Sonic had a pickle slushy last year or the year before last. I tried it and really liked it LOL 1y
SaturnDoo @megnews being that my name is Robin, I would probably develop some type of egg shaped blueberry or blue raspberry hard candy. I would name it Robin's Blue Eggs-troidanaire 😂 1y
megnews @SaturnDoo ooh a nest made out of chocolate with blue raspberry eggs. That sounds like a great Easter candy. 1y
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I don't know if they have a dill pickle Jelly Bean? I'll have to try the slushy. I like your idea of the robin's egg candy. 1y
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megnews 3. Logan‘s chocolate candy that turned to gum. 4 The Cocoa room. I‘m a sucker for chocolate. 2y
Deblovestoread I‘d love the chocolate into gum. Wasn‘t there a cotton candy room? If not, there should be. 😁 2y
amber_ldsmom 3. Miles‘ bee candy 4. Probably the taffy room 2y
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BarbaraJean I want to try Miles‘ Bee Happy candy... and the Oozing Crunchoramas! I‘d love to work in the Tropical Room with all the trees. 2y
ravenlee The bee candy sounded lovely, and the harmonicandy. Really, just about any of the chocolate. 2y
ravenlee And I think I‘d like to work in the growing room with all the trees. 2y
mrp27 I agree the Oozing Crunchoramas sounded amazing, or really anything chocolate. The taffy room sounded fun to work in, very physical! 2y
sblbooks The bee happy candy. I would like to rotate if I could. If I have to pick up only one, I guess the cocoa room. 2y
megnews @amber_ldsmom @BarbaraJean @ravenlee @sblbooks there seems to be a consensus on the 🐝 Happy candy. I thought they sounded very cute. 2y
Roary47 I‘ll go with any. I just love the candy and would like to work in the gummy bears or gummies room. Cause I‘d get to see smiling bears all the time. 2y
Butterfinger I would love to work inside the rainforest area. Wow! Just wow! Candy. If Logan had gotten it to work, I would choose his candy. Chocolate, gum, then back again. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 3. All of them, but I think I'd start with the Bee Happy candy. 4. I'm torn between the cocoa room & the rainforest. They were two extreme opposites. Maybe I'll alternate weekly. 2y
Bookgoil 3. I want them all but definitely the bee candy 4. that rainforest area sounded amazing 2y
SaturnDoo The candy I would like to try the most is the harmonicandy. I'm not real sure how I would feel about the chocolate gum combination. That would be a texture issue for me. I would most likely want to work in the rain forest/tropical room. That would be quite relaxing and a great place to read LOL @megnews 1y
megnews @SaturnDoo I remember bubble gum or bubblicious had a chocolate gum for a very brief time when I was young. I liked it but it must not have been popular. I love your reasoning about the rain forest. I may have to rethink my choice. 🤔 1y
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megnews There‘s a part of me that would want to be Logan and live in a candy factory and eat candy all day. But I kind of started to feel sick when they chocolate pizza for lunch and thought how their teeth would be so bad. I was mad at Phillip til I felt sorry for him so not him. I think Miles‘ character was least developed. Daisy‘s life was interesting. I suppose either Miles or Daisy. 2y
Deblovestoread I think it is interesting that each of the 4 had good things and difficult things in their lives. I would probably choose Daisy. Being a spy always sounds fun. 2y
BarbaraJean Even though I don't have much of a sweet tooth, I'd pick Logan's life. I loved the atmosphere of the candy factory, and all of the supportive adults he had around him. And I'm sure with all the ingredients being grown on the grounds, there's more to eat besides candy!! 2y
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amber_ldsmom I would choose Miles‘ life. Nice and quiet with loving parents and lots of books. 2y
ravenlee I think Logan‘s life for the amazing support system and the unusual education opportunities, or Miles because his parents sound great, too. 2y
sblbooks Logan's life in the Candy Factory for me. 2y
mrp27 Everyone had some pros and cons to their lives but I think Logan or Daisy lives sounded the most fun and exciting. 2y
megnews @amber_ldsmom @ravenlee yes Miles‘s book life would be lovely too. Daisy‘s spying doesn‘t interest me quite as much as traveling the world @Kdgordon88 😊 2y
Roary47 I think Logan‘s. It seemed very loving and “sweet” all the time. 2y
Butterfinger I guess living in a spy family. How adventurous! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I think Miles had the best overall life. It's more understated than the others, but normal. I can't imagine being rigorously trained to be a spy as a child. Daisy's life sounded difficult. 2y
Bookgoil I think Miles because it was the most normal ❤️ 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews Sorry I am late in answering. All of the characters had interesting lives so for me it's difficult to choose. Because of my love of books and chocolate, I would probably have to choose Miles or Logan.Although Daisy's life was interesting and full of adventure, it might be fun for a short period of time. My least favorite character was Phillip. 1y
megnews @SaturnDoo I agree. Especially about Phillip 1y
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This book was a so so for me for the first part of the book. Then it picked up and got better. I think it was a bit repetitive which made it long for a middle grade reader (or myself). I also think I came in with too high of expectations. There will never be another Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
#MGBuddyRead I‘ll post questions around noonish tomorrow.
#MGMarch book 25

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JaclynW Lovely quote. 2y
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I usually try to read and not audio #buddyreads so I don‘t get distracted and miss something but I am breaking down and doing a read/audio combo so I can finish in time for Sunday‘s discussion. As promised, it sped up when I got to Miles‘ story. But I also felt like “wait-did I miss something?”
#mgbuddyread #overbookedclub #mgmarch

Allylu I‘m waiting my turn at the audiobook. If I can‘t get it tomorrow, my daughter will bring me the physical book from the library. 2y
JaclynW March has been crazy busy for me and I didn't get a chance to read this one yet. It sounds like maybe I didn't miss much....What do you think? Should I try to fit it in at some point? 2y
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I think this would make a good read aloud. I know my kids in third would enjoy hearing it. Lots of opportunities to discuss friendship, support, truth, and character. Not to mention POV. #mgmarch

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Charlie and the chocolate factory meets the next top baker kids edition. A really cute middle grade story. I read this for #mgmarch

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I can‘t help it; I‘ve grow really attached to the characters. I love that what you see in a person upon meeting them is definitely not the fill picture. And really? Daisy? I would never have guessed. #mgbuddyread #mgmarch

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The text does not exactly match the fun cover. Plenty of real worries and issues that all children face: how to belong, accidents, collaboration. I absolutely adored it. I couldn't decide what genre this book would be and decided a child spy was unrealistic so fantasy it is.

#MGBuddyRead #OverbookedClub @megnews @sblbooks

Roary47 Almost done with it myself. Maybe tomorrow. 😊 2y
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4/5 🌟
I actually didn‘t have high hopes for this one, but I really liked it! You know those stories about four seemingly different people and then you find out that their lives are all somehow intertwined? This was like that, but with kids. Lots of feels and good messages. #mgbuddyread

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I had a rough start with this, but it grew on me as the POVs shifted. The first section strongly resembled Escape from Mr Lemoncello‘s Library (which it predates so maybe the other way around), but the rest of it was different enough. I figured out Daisy pretty quickly and sorta Miles, but it was a fun read. Need to find the sequel. #MGBuddyRead #MGMarch

Crazeedi What a sweet kitty 😻 2y
megnews I picked this because I thought it would be nostalgic to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I‘ve struggled through Part 1. I‘m glad to hear it gets better. 2y
ravenlee @megnews it‘s funny that I just recently read Charlie for the first time, so I could see the influence there. That introduction thing threw me, but it made more sense once the narrator shifted away from Logan. It‘s worth sticking to it, I think. 2y
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Congratulations @mrp27 ! You are the winner of next month‘s #MGBuddyRead book and its sequel. Please send me your address and I‘ll send it out.
Megnewson @ gmail

Tattooedteacher Yay! Congratulations! 2y
Butterfinger Congratulations @mrp27 2y
Cinfhen Congrats @mrp27 💚🎉💚 2y
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Deblovestoread Congrats! 2y
IndoorDame Congratulations 🎊 2y
mrp27 Super awesome, thank you! 2y
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Don‘t forget! Next month #MGBuddyRead & #OverBookedClub are teaming up to bring you #MGMarch all month long. Join us in discussion of The CandyMakers 3/28 and create your middle grade TBR to celebrate middle grade all month long! Join for one or both activities. All welcome!

SaturnDoo I'm super excited for #mgmarch!!! Although I tend to read MG all year long 🙂🙂🙂 2y
mrp27 I started Candy Makers and I‘m hoping to join in and read lots of mg titles in March. 2y
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Tattooedteacher Just ordered. 2y
sblbooks I'm in for both the discussion and TBR. I have 34 books planned. Overly ambitious, but it will be fun to try. 2y
megnews @sblbooks I have 20 plus the buddy read but I do hope to read more. 2y
ravenlee I‘m in for both, just need to get a few things back to the library before I request it. I have a whole shelf of MG I‘m hoping to whittle down. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If this is available from the library I'll join you. This one looks cute. I have a few other books to prioritize but if I continue with my current momentum, I might be able to get a few more MG books in the mix. 2y
megnews @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick we‘ll be happy to have you whenever you can. I‘ve been on a roll lately too. I love that!! 2y
AsYouWish One of my all time favorite books!!!! 2y
JaclynW I'm in! I just requested the book from my library. 2y
megnews @AsYouWish great to hear! Sounds like we‘re in for a treat. 2y
Bookgoil Can‘t wait to read this one! 2y
Lmstraubie Can't wat! This will be so much fun!!! 2y
SaturnDoo I'm in. I'm not sure what this book is about but I got my hold in at the library and I should have it on 2/27. Let's just hope I don't get the dates mixed up and not get it read on time 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 2y
megnews @SaturnDoo I‘ve heard some people say it‘s great. It reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which drew me to it. 2y
SaturnDoo @megnews yay!!! I'm ready for it and MGMARCH. I read MG more than other genres, all year round, but always look forward to March when everyone else is reading too!!! ❤❤ 2y
Allylu Sign me up! My TBR is ready. I just have to add this one. 😊📚💕 2y
megnews @Allylu great! Glad to have you! 2y
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Do you like middle-grade novels? Then join us for #MiddleGradeMarch again this year. @megnews Will be hosting our discussion next month #OverbookedClub #MGBuddyRead #MGMarch Please let us know if you plan to participate.

Roary47 I didn‘t see other posts, but I‘ll join this buddy read too. It looks so cute! 😍 2y
sblbooks @Roary47 Great! @megnews please add her to the list. 2y
TheBookHippie I have my pile ready! 2y
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sblbooks @TheBookHippie me too! I just created a Goodreads self for middle-grade March. 2y
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I am not a fan of Goodreads I just went on again this year because of a bookclub and am trying to like it! HAHAHAHA. I've been on there since 2016- I'm not a fan of keeping track what you read etc ... 2y
megnews @Roary47 gotcha! 2y
Allylu My #BookSpinBingo list for March is nearly all Middle Grade books. This is my first year to do this. Can‘t wait! 2y
sblbooks @Allylu Great! @megnews Can you add her to the list? 2y
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Get your Middle Grade TBR ready and join #OverBookedClub & #MGBuddyRead for a month long celebration of middle grade stories. Post your blurbs, quotes, & reviews. Don‘t forget to tag #MGMarch, @megnews & @sblbooks
You can also join us in reading & discussing The CandyMakers by Wendy Mass.
Participate in one or both events for #MGMarch! All welcome!!

TheBookHippie I‘ve read all the Mass books including this one but I‘ll join in ! Loving our February read so far. 2y
Tattooedteacher I love this idea. ♥️Thanks for the tag. 2y
Crazeedi I think I dont know the #OverbookedClub selection?? 2y
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shellleigh33 Got my book ready 😊 2y
megnews @Crazeedi since we‘re celebrating #MGMarch, we‘re reading The CandyMakers. 2y
Crazeedi @megnews not sure if I'll join this month. But I will follow!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Candymakers in March? Okay count me in, I‘ll reserve it from the library 😊 2y
maich I will love participate. Are there any prompts? 2y
sblbooks @maich no prompts, you just read whatever interest you and tag @megnews #MGMarch 2y
maich @sblbooks Thank you. Will try to read group book and a few others😊 2y
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AsYouWish
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The Candymakers tells the story of four kids who enter a candy making contest to make the newest candy sensation. All four are hiding deep secrets that if revealed could change everything they all know about each other and themselves. The story is told from all four points of view, you relive the same events, but from all their perspectives.

#BookHunt #IsolationGames @ShyBookOwl

BookishMe Sounds fascinating! 2y
ShyBookOwl Stacked! 2y
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Econaghan
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Peanut butter and chocolate flavored treats to snack while I read. Thank you ladies! Love the chocolate, bookmarks and cards! 👻Happy Halloween! 🎃
#halloweencardswap

allureofbeauty So glad you liked it 👻🎃🖤 3y
rather_be_reading yay! 🎃 3y
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TheSpineView
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BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
Sleepswithbooks So cute! 3y
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AsYouWish
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Day 16 of #ChillingPhotoChallenge This is the book I recommend the most at school to any student who asks for a book recommendation, it is by far one of my favorite books and it involves one of my favorite things, “Candy”!

#Scarathlon #TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush #Day2

Thanks for the tag @Meaw_catlady

Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation. Tag someone new each day to play along.

@MatchlessMarie Tag you‘re it!!

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MotionChickness
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Long story short... my boyfriend reminded me that I‘m an adult and therefore can get the candy from the candy aisle, whenever I want 😂

To keep it “book” related, The Pagemaster!!!!

rather_be_reading The Pagemaster!!!! 4y
Seekingtardis I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!!! And candy! 4y
madamereadsalot1 Love Pagemaster! It's one of my youngest son's favorites! 4y
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brandybear22 Love pagemaster! @kgriffith this should be a date night plan 4y
kgriffith @brandybear22 I‘m down, just tell me whether you own the movie or we need to find it/ buy it online, and of course, what snacks are required for this viewing ;) 4y
MotionChickness @rather_be_reading @Seekingtardis @madamereadsalot1 @brandybear22 @kgriffith Yessss!!! One of my most rented from blockbuster as a kid 😂. I know we‘re in a digital age and it‘s available at the tip of our fingers, BUT it was in the bargain bin for like $3.70 at Walmart; if you happen to find yourself there and care to browse. 😬🙌🏻😍 (edited) 4y
kgriffith @Stephuhhnieee love a good nostalgia buy! I own Howard the Duck for the same reason 😃 4y
MotionChickness @kgriffith Ahh I forgot about Howard!! Love the bargain bins ☺️ Usually brings up a good find! 4y
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This middle grade was so clever and cute! It was quite surprising and unexpected, and the ending was really sweet. I got super hungry while reading it. Thanks @AsYouWish ! #NewYearWhoDis

AsYouWish Yay!!!! So glad you liked it!!! 4y
JoScho Fun cover! 4y
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LeslieO
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute!!! 🍭🍬 4y
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lycomayflower
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SamHeartCoffee Cute book for Halloween! 4y
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Whimsical.Curiosity
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🍭 Sixlets
🍭🍭 Tootie Fruities
🍭🍭🍭 Chicosticks
🍭🍭🍭🍭 Tiny Candy Bars (freeze em) 😁
🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 Mints (weird I know) 🤣
#sundayfunday @sebrittain

AsYouWish Mints are also a favorite candy of mine. 4y
Aims42 I love Tootie Fruities!!!! I haven‘t met anyone else who admits to liking them too 😂 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity @AsYouWish high five!! We'll always have good breath 🤣 4y
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Whimsical.Curiosity @Aims42 they're delicious! Especially pink! 4y
HufflepuffGirl90 I love Tootie Fruities!!! 💜💙❤️ 4y
inthegreensandblues I loved Sixlets as a kid and recently discovered that I now find them gross. 😂 But I am totally with you on frozen candy bars! 4y
Whimsical.Curiosity @inthegreensandblues you can give me all your Sixlets!! 4y
sebrittainclark 🧡🖤🎃🖤🧡 4y
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sebrittainclark
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1. Twix
2. Skittles
3. Flavored Tootsie Rolls
4. Kit-Kat
5 Green Apple suckers

#SundayFunday

Jobe Snickers?!?! 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I love all of it, practically, but so little of it is vegan. Before going vegan, my fave was midnight Milky Way, frozen 4y
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TheSpineView
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AJones One of favs. However, I can only have a handful at a time. 4y
TheSpineView @AJones I with on that! 😋 4y
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TheSpineView
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vkois88 Love it!! 4y
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Violetta
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🍭 Guess I've never tried it and don't even know what it is 🤔
🍭 Oh definitely not!
🍭 Whether they look like worms, frogs or bears, they are yummy!

I also like glazed nuts and all kinds of candied fruit! 🍬 @mrsmarch

What about you @Erofan? 😉

kaysworld1 Candy corn? That sounds a little like popcorn maybe 4y
Violetta @kaysworld1 They look like corn in the pictures, but I can't even guess about the flavor.🤷‍♀️ We have different kinds of foreign sweets, but this ones I couldn't find 4y
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Kayla.Adriena
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And also Sour Patch Kids! 😋
@mrsmarch

Seekingtardis Same!!!!! 😂😍 4y
Readingismyescape I love sour patch kids. 😁 4y
Kayla.Adriena I think I prefer gummy worms over bears tho and also twizzlers! 4y
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🧡 yes to candy corn. 🧡 yes to black licorice 🧡 no to gummi worms (allergic to gelatin) @mrsmarch

BookishTrish Your allergic to gelatin!?! I could not deal with that. Also sorry if I have ever sent you gummies. 4y
LA_Mead @BookishTrish lol it‘s a pretty weird allergy! It‘s because I‘m allergic to beef and most gelatins are made with beef! No worries! I don‘t think you‘ve ever sent me gummies 😊 4y
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@Mommamanzi I am sorry that you have to clean out your books, but thank you so much for doing this giveaway! My favorite book that I have read this year is The Candymakers. It was funny, had a bit of a mystery and had a great message.

I will tag @WhiskeyMistress

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@Bookworm54 Thank you so much for doing this #Bookworm50KGiveaway

I have a lot of favorite books, but The Candymakers is my latest favorite. I have recommended it to anyone who has asked me what they should read next. It is a quick read and I didn't want to put it down. It was so good!

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aprilpohren
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Oh my gosh! Milk chocolate pretzel bits eggs!!! Royal dark mini eggs! Yum! Dark chocolate sea salt Caramel bunnies! Ohhh! Almond M&M's and bunny bait! Yummy tummy and tastebuds heaven! @slightlyfoxed #easterbasketbookswap @JoeStalksBeck

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NightOwl_12
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

gjacobs Wonderful quote! Welcome to Litsy! 5y
RaimeyGallant So true! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 5y
revenge4porgy Too true! 😱 5y
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