Counting my blessings

I know it’s not thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who came to Symphony Space today. I wanted to take all of you home with me! I loved meeting all the kids and their parents and you guys thought up so many GREAT new candy ideas that all I thought about on the ride home was candy! (although i guess that’s not too unusual!!)

A special thank you to the lovely and brilliant Rebecca Stead for being my partner in crime up there, and to Max Beer for doing such a great job bringing the pages of The Candymakers to life. We can all look forward to seeing Max again on the big screen in Jeremy Fink & the Meaning of Life in 2011. Can’t wait!

I also want to thank my mom, who reminds me that while mothers continue to embarrass you no matter how old you get, they are also your biggest supporters. No matter what it was that i ever wanted to do, she would make me believe I could. So the next time your mom tells you to stand up straight and wear more blush (or maybe that’s just mine!), realize it’s her way of saying I love you.

The podcast of the show will be up soon, and I’ll put a link to it here.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Sagirl1 on November 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Wendy! I’m your biggest fan! I convinced my teacher to read 11 Birthdays to my class, and everyone is coocoo for it! I wish you could come to my school…

    P.S. I am your biggest fan EVER!!!

  2. Charlotte Bourdeau on November 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I was thinking of you as I listened to a segment on NPR Sunday evening in my car. The commentator was interviewing a woman, Karen White, who wrote a book called “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know.” The author has a disorder referred to as face blindness, where a person is not able to recognize faces. It made me think of your book “A Mango Shaped Space.” My students have really enjoyed that book, and many were surprised to learn of such a disorder. Your book brought to light something my students may otherwise have never heard of, just like this face blindness. Who knows, perhaps there’s another book waiting to be written for young people. Thanks for writing Wendy, please keep up the good work!

  3. Emma on November 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Ms. Mass! I’m Emma and I’m 10 years old and in 5th grade. I was wondering if you knew the meaning of life? My freind and I love your books! We’ve read almost all of them too! I’m reading “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” and I was wondering if you realy knew the meaning of life when you wrote it and does Mr. Ozwald know it too?

    Thanks for your time,


  4. Annabeth on November 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

    aww, I really wish i could’ve been there to hear Max read. Happy Thanksgiving in advance!

  5. Rose on November 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    OH MY GOSH! i have have read these books of yours and they are all great: 11 birthdays, Finally, Heaven Looks a lot Like the Mall,A Mango-shaped space(which was really sad when the cat died)and lastly Every soul a star.

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

    i LOVE all your books and have read all of them! my favorite is 11 birthdays, which my school voted best book of the year when i was in 5th grade!!!!! exept for the day repeating, the same thing as in the book happened to me and my BFF! we had an argument on her 10th birthday and made up on her eleventh birthday! also, ever since reading jeremy fink i have been searching for cards but found 0 so far 🙁 the candymakers was so good that i recommended it to all my friends! so basicaly, i am your biggest fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PS will their be another book that is in willow falls like finally and 11 birthdays? i hope their will!


  7. Sagirl1 on November 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    OMG! “13”? I’M SOO EXCITED!! I LOVE your books Wendy, you are truly my favorite author who ever lived! Oh, and are you going to make another book from Every Soul A star? I loved the 1st one, and… well… you get it. Also, are you going to make any more books anttime soon? Thanks for actully reading this Wendy.

    Your biggest fan who ever set foot on the Earth that was ever recorded, Makena O.

    P.S. I’m your biggest fan!!

  8. Olivia on November 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Wendy, Im already reading The Candymakers and it is AMAZING!!!! Even though Im only on Miles part I cant wait to read more. I have already read 11 Birthdays and after The Candymakers I cant wait to read 12 Finally. You are the author everyone knows in my grade. All the girls love you and Im sure if the boys gave you`re books a chance that they would love them!Also I know you just got The Candymakers published but for the future here is an idea. The idea is to make it into a movie. Remember it is just an idea.I can`t wait to read the many other books you have written. Even thoughit is a couple daye in advance HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
    P.S. I am your BIGGEST fan!!!!!!!

  9. samy on November 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    i totally forgot to say this…..HAPPY THANKSGIVING WENDY!!!! or the way my band teacher said it which was a i thought sounded funny…..HAPPY TURKEY DAY!! HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LUV U!!! i cant wait to finish this book i am reading so i can read heaven looks a lot like the mall. i cant wait to see u in person!!i finished your book leap day in class and when i finished i hugged the book tightly close to me. my friend sydney who sits next to me was like u really love that book,dont u sam? i was like, yeah. then we had to start reading and the entire time i kept one eye or one finger on that book. i cannot tell u enough how much i love your writing and i want to meet u!

  10. Briana on December 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Wendy do you still check the e-mail I am just wondering because I sent an e-mail earlier and even if you can not reply, I want you to at least read it!!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      JUST found this un-seen/un-posted comment!!! ACK! If you get this (or even remember writing this!), please write again!!

  11. Christmas on December 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Wendy!! I have just finished reading The Candymakers on Sunday and it’s amazing!!!! I love all the exotic characters! I have just signed up for your fan mail!! I love every one of your books I’ve read!! 12 finally, 11 birthdays and also The Candymakers!! I love the originality. I agree with Olivia that the Candymakers would be a wonderful movie!! Better than Charlie and the Chocolate factory!! I am one of Mrs. Ruth Aichenbaum students. She said she has been e-mailing you!! I would like for you to read my book review on The Candymakers.

    P.S. Love all of your books

  12. Christmas on December 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Will you have another book to follow finally. Like a 13 year old one???

  13. linda on January 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hi sweetheart…I now know how to find out all about you, I just have to go on line…Thank you for the “grateful” message, I too am so grateful for you, and am one of your biggest fans….

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      Aw, thanks, Mom. Back at ya (and lol at the subtle dig). xo

  14. Lydia on January 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Wendy,
    i read the candy makers and i just about cried in the end. It was sooo well done. I love how unusual your books are from all the others i have read. Your characters have a certain depth to them that i never really felt in other YA books. I love the part in The Candymakers when Daisy hugs the cinnamon tree, and how Logan says it has a heartbeat if you listen. At first i thought it was really weird, but the other week, i went to Longwood Gardens and there was this huge Olive tree. When you got near it, it smelled really good, and it had these beautiful blue lights in it, so at night, it looked amazing. I know this sounds sooooooo weird, but i actually had to hug it and then i kind of realized whey Logan said that trees really have heartbeats. 🙂 sorry, i know that sounds so weird, but i just had to tell you.
    My teacher is taking a trip to see you at a book signing tomorrow, i really wish i could come! My BEST wishes!

  15. reepicheep's_fangirl on January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    *laughs*, yeah, it’s DEFINITELY just your mom that tells you to wear more blush. 🙂

  16. samy on February 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

    wendy?! where are u? u MUST blog more! i miss your words of wisdom! us fans need u! even if u just blog about something completly random…like how your dog stained your favorite rug or how u r REALLY busy or how….u..lik. srry…LOVE candy. WHERE ART THOU WENDY? WHERE ART THOU?!

  17. Maddie on February 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    OMG! I love your books SO much!!!!! My favorite one is a Mango Shaped Place. We’re reading it in school and EVERYONE is loving it. (I already finished it, even though my teacher said to not read ahead, ha ha) I hope you have a sequel to a Mango Shaped Space. That would be awesome, and then I’d be the first in my class to read it! Ha ha! I wish you could come to my school, that would be AWESOME! If you are interested, contact Lafayette Township School in Lafayette New Jersey! Everyone would really like to see you!
    P.S- <3 Mango Shaped Space, and hoping for a sequel!!!!

  18. Maddie on February 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Are you going to make a another book to follow A Mango Shaped Space? Please do! <3
    ~Maddie who loves your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  19. Maddie on February 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    It’s Maddie again! Everyone is talking about another book called “13”. What’s this all about? Is it following the book “Finally”? <3
    ~Maddie who will always read your books
    p.s- in my other post (post #14) i wrote '11' at the end of my exclamations. Those were meant to be exclamations. Sorry! <3

  20. Sammie on February 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I love your books! And, I have just come up with an idea for a sequel to Every Soul a Star. Here’s the plot:
    It has been three years since the events of Every Soul a Star, but things are going really well for Ally, Bree, and Jack. Sort of.
    Ally has made friends in the past three years at her high school in Chicago, but she still hasn’t really adjusted to living outside of the Moon Shadow. Just going to museums to see stars isn’t the same as real life, right? And coincidentally, Jack has just moved to her hometown, so the two have become good friends again. But could there be something more between the two of them?
    Bree has gotten used to living at the Moon Shadow. But, like Ally, she would much rather have her old life. But, when she gets the news that she and her family are going back to their hometown, Bree doesn’t know what to think. Will she be the most popular girl at school again? Or will she have to start from the bottom?
    Jack is still, well, Jack. At first, he isn’t happy to leave the place he called home for sixteen years to move to Chicago. However, when he discovers that Ally is attending his new school, he wonders what it will be like to see her again after so long.
    When the three of them coincidentally find each other at a Star Party Bree’s family is holding in the summer, they discover much more about each other then they could have ever thought.

    So, Wendy, what do you think of this sequel? I’m sorry, I couldn’t think of a title, but I’m hoping you’ll consider this plot for a sequel of Every Soul a Star!
    your number one fan, Sammie P.

  21. miriam lola on February 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    hi wendy you came to my school a couple of days ago and we missed your presentation so we got to have a special writing workshop with you. You inspired me to write you ROCK.

  22. Olivia on March 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I LIKE ALL OF HER BOOKS THEY’RE AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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