The Candy Shop War
By Ava Roark
The book I am doing for my book report is The Candy Shop Wars by Brandon Mull. It has no illustrations.
This book could be classified into several genres; fiction, fantasy, and adventure. The plot development is man vs. man. The protagonist in this story is Nate, and the antagonists are Mrs. White and the man in the black fedora. Some other characters are Summer, Trevor, Pigeon (Paul), and Mr. Stott. The main character, Nate, is brave, loyal, has a good conscience, and has empathy.
The main settings are the kids' neighborhood, the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe, the ice cream truck, and their school. Most of the settings are mysterious, eerie, sour, and secretive. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and fiction because a lot of things happen in this book that don't happen in real life. That is what makes it so fun to read.
When Nate moves into his new neighborhood, he befriends three kids: Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon. They invite Nate to join their club, The Blue Falcons. When the four friends meet Mrs. White, the old woman who owns the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe, they are wonderstruck with the mysterious sweets that give them superpowers. Rock candy changes gravity, mints let you travel through mirrors, and chocolate balls temporarily change your identity. After being sent on tasks to earn this "secret candy," they uncover that multiple "magicians" are trying to recruit them to find a treasure. They stop completing the tasks after they refuse to brainwash a man. They find that the ice cream truck driver is also a "magician," and is trying to stop Mrs. White from obtaining the treasure. From this starts an adventure and war that could save the world, or end it.
Something I noticed about the writing is that the author uses a lot of dialogue. This helped me understand the story better and it made the story more lifelike. Something I noticed about the cover illustration is that it really represents the main idea of this story, candy. The cover was also fun, and it looked nice, so the cover made me want to read the book. This book reminded me of a book I had read before, "A Snicker of Magic." It had the same sense of adventure, and also used magic treats. My connection with this story is that I have seen what it is like to be the new kid and that it wasn't easy. I have also seen bullying, like what happened in this story when the Blue Falcons get bullied.