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The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase: 06/27/17

The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase  by Wendy Mass

The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass is the sequel to The Candymakers. Now it's time to introduce the Harmonicandy to the world but there's a problem. Apparently they used so rare a chocolate that they can't make the candy with the original recipe unless they can find more.

The answer to the problem ends up being a road trip f0r Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip. It's also a chance for the four to explore their family histories. Logan learns about his grandfather. Philip learns about his grandmother. Miles learns about his family's origins.

But it's all so much more than just a simple road trip. Like the first book, the story is divided into two parts: the first half being told from start to finish from each character's point of view. Then as all the threads are brought together, the back half is told from an omniscient third person perspective. It's in that back half that

The road trip also connects up the Candymaker books with Every Soul a StarI'm not going to say any more here because it's a special book and I want you to read it. If you haven't read Candymakers yet, read that one too. Both are worth your time. Later, though, I may analyze the climax in terms of the "road not taken" and "crossing the cornfield" tropes that I am investigating for my road narrative project.

Five stars

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