The Candymakers hits the shelves

Well, after two years of blogging about it, The Candymakers has finally hit the shelves! It was a long journey, filled with twists and turns and a whole heap of candy! Just like the book itself.

To enter some contests and win yummy stuff (books! candy!), visit (Yes, they spelled Daisy’s name wrong, but it’s being fixed. :o) Contest entry must be postmarked by November 1st. You can also see the new cover they made for A Mango-Shaped Space.

For those of you local to the NY area (or visiting in the future) check out an article I wrote for the NYCkidsArts about doing research for my books in the Big Apple (does anyone call it that anymore?) And win more prizes, including tickets to an upcoming event I’ll be doing at Symphony Space on November 7th!

Here’s a very sweet (pun intended!) review of the book from Book Chic! and one from coolkidsread!

And I know it’s a different book, but here’s a contest for 11 Birthdays that ends on Oct 11th,


  1. Heather Kelly on October 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I’m so excited about this book, and what fun giveaways! The above link for the candymaker’s website is not quite working, but it’s easy enough to google. Congrats, Wendy, on another book release! I love your books and am always so happy to share them with my kids and neighborhood kids as well!

    from wendy: Thanks for the heads-up, I fixed it!

    • grace on April 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

      I canno’t wait 2 read this book!I LOVE Wendy Mass!!!

    • Amelia on June 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Wendy Mass is my favorite author! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Allison on October 9, 2010 at 12:04 am

    The new book sounds great! I’ll be sure to find a copy ASAP! I don’t really care for the new cover on A Mango-Shaped Space, but I know I’ll always have my paperback with the original cover design ^.^

  3. Annabeth on October 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

    yay! I am SOOOOOOOOO excited! i love chocolate, so a book about chocolate is even better! ^^oh, yeah, the link wasn’t working for me either. ๐Ÿ™

    • katie miller on January 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      I read the candymakers and a mango-shaped space. They were both great!!

  4. Mrs. Blank on October 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I am a media specialist at Stone Mill Elementary School in North Potomac, Maryland. My book society is reading your book 11 Birthdays. I was wondering if you have SKYPE and would be willing to talk to us one Tuesday afternon during our book society meeting – just like ten minutes of your time, so that the students could ask you two to three questions. I have tried to contact you via school visit, but no luck…..

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      Hi, I’m so sorry I missed this, if you’re still there and interested and we never connected, please reach out again by email. Thanks so much.

  5. Jaime on November 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    i love this book! i recomend it to everyone! i`m not the best reader but i`m surviving! enjoy!

  6. Saarah on November 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Dear Wendy,

    I am one of your biggest fans, or at least I believe I am, and I’ve read all of your books except Leap Day (since my friend whom is also a fan of you told me she realized it’s not to be read for kids our age) and The Candymakers. I actually have The Candymakers in my room right at this moment, the only reason I havent started to read it is because I have devoloped a loving for the Harry Potter series, which i am VERY close to finishing (I’m on final book, 7), and ever since I started reading it I couldnt stop; causing a lot of other books to put on my “Books To Read” list. YOUR book, The Candymkers, Is the first book will read the met i finish the series.
    I really enjoy all of your books, you bring humor and fun into your books, and your books are great for many age groups. You are my favorite author, in case you haven’t noticed, and I am really looking forward to readng this book. As soon as I saw it on the bookshelves of my bookstores, I was so delighted and got it as fast as i could. Like I said, your books are AWESOME, so I’m also looking forward to the other book you’ve been talking about in your blogs. (c:

    • Sophia on January 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      I started reading the Harry Potter books too but they are very long and I am only on the 5th. So my Wendy Mass Book List has Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and The Candymakers on it. I might want to read the Twice Upon a time books, Eleven Birthdays,12 Finally, and Every soul A Star. What I do is space out the books. Ex: after I am done with the 5th i will read a few books and then the 6th.

      • Sophia on February 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        I totally forgot that the book is called “Finally” not “12 Finally” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› <3 <3

        • Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

          I know right!, I kept thinking the same thing!

  7. Ashley on November 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Wendy Mass!
    I am Ashley and I am a 5th grader this year.
    Everyone in my class loves your book 11 birthdays and 12 Finally.
    I’m making the bluebonnet test this year because I was one of the first ones to finish the list and by far yours was my favorite book.
    I love how your books have a surprise on every page and that makes me really want to never put the book down. I hope to one day be a great writer like you.
    My class has a Skype account and would LOVE to Skype with you.

  8. Carly on November 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    The Candymakers sounds so good, I’ll have to get it and read it.

  9. Liz on November 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I am only on chapter three, and I have already have been inspired by it.
    My name is Liz and I am 12 years old and in the sixth grade.
    One of my friends knows a publisher and I got the idea that mmaybe I can start a wonderful book like yours early. Do you think that I would be able to?

    • samy on November 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      i think so! go for it!! this world needs more young authors books on bookstores. we kids can relate to each other. when u grow up something in u dies off. if u wrote a book kids and only kids could feel and see that one thing in your writing that hasnt died off yet. write about what intrest u not what u think will intrest other people. if u have a question u can know i am here.

    • reepicheep's_fangirl on January 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I agree w/ Sammy’s comment, you should totally go for it! you have an advantage over a lot of adult authors because, unlike them (no offense Wendy ;), you can actually relate to your readers and you KNOW what kind of books kids want to read. not only that, but you also have acess to a publisher as well. good luck! i know you’ll do great ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. samy on November 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

    wendy I love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a little ahead of my grade in reading so i read a lot of books that some kids parents would kill them for being with. I firmly beleive that you are one of the best authors of the century. I have currently just finished a rasberry tootsie pop and I really want a snickers bar. or better some tea and cookies! probably one of the best combinations ever!!!! YYYUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM….WHAT!oh getting caught up in candy dreams. SORRY! wendy I wish i could meet u but u cant drive to where i live and i know your gavely afraid of planes so i think it will be awhile before we meet. I am currently saving up for a plane ticket which i think iz going good cuz i just found $70 in my closet yesterday. I am going to get some candy. sure it is not a healthy breakfeast but it sure is a delicious one!

    • katie miller on January 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I would buy candy w/ it if my dad would let me. I WISH I FOUND $70 IN MY CLOSET!!! That would make my day!

  11. samy on November 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    wendy I was wondering about this and its starting to nag me so i would appreciate it if you gave me an answer. how did u come up with the idea for your book leap day? i find every authors idea for a book or story very interesting and amazing. I CANT WAIT TO READ THE CANDYMAKERS!!! another question. which should i read first; Heaven Looks A lot like the mall OR the candymakers. wendy or ANYONE PLEASE CONTRIBUTE!!!! i am so indecisive it will take me hours to decide!

    • haley on November 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

      umm…i think you should read the one that came out first and also i need THE list of books by Wendy Mass
      thanx a whole lot!!! i luv chocolate

    • Lizzie on December 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      I have read both, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall and The Candymakers and I defiantly think that if you like to save the best for last, you need to read The Candymakers 2nd. They are both great books but I preferred The Candymakers.
      Hope this helps!

      • Frida on February 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm


  12. Rae on November 20, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    hi!i LOVED the candymakers, and all your other books! it it my LIFE LONG DREAM to play amanda in a movie of 11 birthdays or daisy in a movie of the candymakers! so if one gets turned into a movie and there is an open casting call please tell me
    bye! Rae

  13. Alexis on December 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I really ejoyed this book! I love the way you wrote it!! It kind of reminds me of how you wrote Leap Day. I loved how the ending turned out and what Logan did for Phillip in the end of the book, and what he gave him, too. It was touching ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this is the book I finished fastest out of all of yours, because it’s one of my favorites. My favorites is still Finally, but this might come in third place out of all your books ๐Ÿ™‚ I think Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall is my 2nd fav. Anyway this is one of your must-reads (actually, ALL of your books are must-reads), and keep it up! You’re a great (the BEST!) author! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Christmas on December 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I absolutely love The Candymakers. It is amazing!! I have seen it in almost everyone’s hands in my fifth grade. I am in Ruth Aichenbaum class. If you would like to read my review of The Candymakers here is a link to it. You must scroll all the way to the bottom. The is also a couple of your other books in there.


  15. Jocelyn on January 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Wendy!I LOVE all of your books especially โ€œThe Candymakersโ€. It’s soooooo good! I read โ€œ11 Birthdaysโ€ and also loved it. The first book I read that was written by you was โ€œEvery Soul A Starโ€. You inspired me to be a writer and hopefully the readers will like my future books just the way I love yours.

  16. Frida on February 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    omg i love your books they inspire so much i haven’t read the candy makers yet but im gonna get quickly soon.can i ask you a question?, in the book finally and 11 birthdays is the setting real?

  17. Frida on February 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    im a big fan

  18. malak on February 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Wendy, i LOVE the candy makers but i have one problem,is there a book #2(name it the chocolate makers((please))=) )

  19. gina on February 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Wendy, you look alot like my mail carrier. One day I confused you with my mail carrier. Anyways, I really enjoy reading your books.

  20. Audrey :P on April 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    OMG!!!!! Wendy you are my fav author in the world and i loooove finally!!!!!!

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Me too!,
      I love Finally also! It rocks! (I’ts the first book that I read in your collection!,

  21. c on May 1, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    will you please write a sequal to Che Candymakers and to Leap Day? They were such good books!

  22. Theresa on May 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I LOVED the book! Humorous. I got so involved into the book. Something that I hated about the book that serves as a compliment to you. The end of every part, it’s a cliff hanger. I guess it’s a good thing. You SHOULD write a sequal. Idea: Someone robbed Life is Sweets money.

  23. Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Wendy,
    My name is Kyra and I’m ten yrs. old and I’m going to be a fifth grader this year!!! (I must have gotten to carried away!, sorry!), anyway, you inspired me to write my own stories and I REALLY thankyou for that!, now, I have my own copy of Jeremy Fink and the meaning of life and The Candymakers!,
    Which I’m SO excited to read!,

  24. Kyra Bowlby on July 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    HELLO! (again), how are you Wendy?, I really love your idea for your tenth book! (I love sugary treats and a book makes me even more hungrier!) I wrote three books (but haven’t published them yet!), You are the best writer ever! love your books!,

  25. Robbie King on August 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    My son, Henry, started reading this book last summer. I was thrilled! It was the first long chapter book he had ever chosen to read. He was 9 years old and so excited about the book. He read 3 quarters of it and then got excited about other books. He originaly got the book from the library. We renewed it twice and then had to buy it because he loved it so. Also 4th grade homework and baseball got in the way.

    We just got back from a long car trip to Iowa. We got the book on CD for the ride. Your book made the trip go by so quickly! My 8 year old (Oliver), Henry (who originally had started reading the book), my 52 year old husband, and I all were just taken with the book. We almost hated taking rest stops because we would miss the story.

    Thank you for writing such a great book. I loved the message you gently added to the book. Henry is going into 5th grade and I’m hoping he caught what matters is what is inside a person, not what is on the outside.

    Hoping for a sequel or a movie on this one!

    • Wendy Mass on December 10, 2022 at 6:28 pm

      Hi!! I think we corresponded through email directly and I remember loving your story about your road trip! I saw you posted on here as well as I’m finding these long ago letters, so I wanted to say hi to you all! I hope you’ll give them all a big hug for me and I’m thrilled for the book to have been part of your journey. I love audiobooks, and that on was especially fun!! Maybe the sequel accompanied you on a future trip. ;o). All my best wishes and hope you’ve all been well. xo Wendy

  26. Skylie on December 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    HI Wendy,

    I just really want you to know I lust this book so much u have such a gift. please make a another one with all of these characters and their backrounds, also and u pretty, pretty, please make this a movie i know how good ur lastest movie was so please make more movies


  27. summer10 on May 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    this book was amazing! I enjoy your books in fact I’ve read them all and I can’t wait untill Pi In The Sky comes out! p.s. please hurry to write a sequal to this book;)3<3<3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I love you wendy please come to my house sometime 30296 carpenter rd sedalis MO 65301 BYE!

  28. Kira on August 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hey Wendy! I can’t wait for the next candymakers book. It sounds SOOOO GOOD! I was also wondering if you were going to write any more twice upon a time books. They are soo fun to read and it would be so cool if you could write another one about Ariel or Cinderella or something. Me and my friends all love your books and we also cant wait for the next Willow Falls book! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wendy Mass on August 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Hopefully one more Twice upon a Time book, still figuring out which one though! :o).
      xo, w

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