Candymakers sequel is out in the world!

Thank you to everyone who helped land THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE on the New York Times Children’s bestseller list and the Indie Booksellers Children’s bestseller list on its first week out! I’d send you each a basket of candy if I could (although I’d probably eat it first)!! I hope everyone who submitted a suggestion for the book in previous blog comments realizes how awesome their ideas were, and a ton of them show up in the book–especially the suggestions for clever tag lines for a certain candy that won the contest in the first book. So I couldn’t have written this book without you. I hope you enjoy hitting the road in a tricked-out RV with your old friends Logan, Miles, Philip and Daisy, (and a few other surprise guests!).

Now back to work I go!

xx,

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122 Comments

  1. Angelina on September 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations!! That is so exciting and you totally deserve it! The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase was amazing! I totally loved it! Congrats again!

    P.S. I tried to comment on your other blog post (the one right before this one) but it won’t come up. Do you know why?
    Thanks!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much!! Blog comments are just resurfacing so hopefully the other old one will come up and I’ll reply on there too, if I haven’t already. All my best!!
      Wendy

  2. Maha on September 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Super excited to read this 🙂 I remember reading the first one during middle school LOVING it! Now I’ve just gotta reread it…

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      xoxo

  3. Jasmine on September 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Hi Wendy,
    I have been such a huge fan of this series ever since the first book , the candymakers came out! I especially love how you develop the characters over the course of this series. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when you announced the sequel. The sequel did not disappoint me and it was just as brilliant as the first book!
    Is this the last book of the candymaker’s series? Or is there going to be another book after this one?
    Thank you for doing what you do:),
    Jasmine

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Jasmine!! That second book was HARD to write so I’m so glad you liked their development, that means a lot to me! And book 3 will be a prequel in graphic novel form. I don’t think I have another 500 page book in me, lol. All my (belated, I know!) best wishes to you!!

  4. Anonymous on October 2, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Yaaaas go Wendy!!! I went to read this!

  5. Meredith on October 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Wendy Mass,
    I love all of your books! I just finished reading The Candymakers and the great chocolate chase. It was so good! I hope you consider writing the third book of The Candymakers!! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you so much and keep up the awesome work!!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you and so sorry for the delay!!! Book 3 out in 2024! Best wishes! xo, Wendy

  6. YOUR #1 FAN on October 20, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    The second the Candymakers 2 was on the shelves, i got it. It was an amaazzzzziiiingggggg boookkk!!!!
    With suspence, rythem, and pure happiness!!!! I have one question, are there going to be any movies? Hope there will.:) Also, looking forward to some book signings!!
    Good Job on the book, and all your other books, You are truly an amazing writer and I look at your books with awe.
    Keep Writing!
    Love, #1 Fan!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      SO SWEET to get it so quickly and for your lovely review of it and super kind words!! I do hope there will be movies some day. You’ll hear it here if there’s any news! Big (very belated, I know!) hug to you!!
      Wendy

  7. Eleanor on October 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for writing the second Candymakers book! It was really amazing! I hope you continue the series. You are on my top five favorite author list!
    From,
    Eleanor

    • Wendy Mass on May 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      I am honored and thank you!

  8. Diane Tobin on November 7, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Wendy

    Imissed yhe email that you were going to be at Hillside School. Is there any way I could purchase a book and could you sign it to my daughter?

    She was just over the moon about you!

    Thanks in advance,

    Diane

    • Wendy Mass on May 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      If you’d like autographed books I partner up with Sparta Books, my wonderful local indie bookstore. If you call them and place an order and tell them you’d like them signed, I’ll go in and sign them, they’ll mail them out. Voila & thank you!!

      • Sophia on May 21, 2018 at 8:58 pm

        Your books are amazing! I ha e read almost all of them and the cansymakers is my favorite. I have read the first one probably 7 times and I never get bored of it and the second one I have read 3 times and am just starting to read it again. I would love it if you made a third candymakers book or made one that focused just on the life of one of the characters before the original book. I love you so much and you are such an inspiration.

        • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:41 pm

          Thanks so much!! I’m glad you like the idea of a prequel–Life is Sweet is coming out in 2024!! hope you won’t be too old to read it by then. ;o).
          all my best to you!!
          Wendy

  9. hamna on November 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Hey!! Wendy mass I have done alot of research on you. Im dying to read your Books. I live in Pakistan They aren’t availble here. They are neither avaialble online. I really really wanna read Pi in Sky & The Candymakers. Pleaaaaaaaaseeee ma’am. Kindle make them available online. I really wish to read those Books from HEART <3 <3

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

      HI!!! I’m sorry this is so delayed to get posted! I really hope you found them online by now…let me know if you still haven’t and still want to! I am sending you a big hug across the ocean!!
      All my best wishes,
      Wendy

  10. Kimberley... Again on November 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    It’s Kimberley, again. But I couldn’t help commenting because I was surprised nobody else had! Well, since all the comments I make on your other posts are so long I’ll keep this one short. Congratulations on the bestseller lists, and best wishes for your bright book-filled future! (But seriously, when is your next book coming out?! Patience is not my strong suit, but I bet some candy would help… Off to get some candy!) Bye!

    • Wendy Mass on June 4, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Thank you and a new one just came out this past week called Robin Hood! Have a “sweet” summer ☀️????????????

  11. Missyoungcandylover>_ on November 16, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllly love THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE CHOCOLATE CHASE !I am actually reading it right now!i have a question ….:Will there be a third book ? Plz ans me ! thanks!!!!
    p.s I am a big fan of you>.<

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

      Book 3 out in 2024!! It’s a prequel called Life is Sweet!! All my best to you and your family!!
      Wendy

  12. Emma on November 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I just wanted to say how much I loved this book and the “surprise guests”! This book was just as amazing if not more amazing than the first one and I don’t know how that’s possible because the first one was like the best book ever!!! I love how relatable the characters are, I can see myself in every character (especially Miles). I really really really hope that we get to see more of The Candymakers in the future, but if not, I will read any book you write! Thanks for being amazing Wendy!!!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:00 pm

      AW, thanks so much!! Miles is a sweetie! SO GLAD you noticed/enjoyed the cameos I stuck in there! Book 3 in 2024! (a prequel!) Big (belated!) hug to you!!!

  13. Hannah on November 16, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Do we get a sneak peak about what you’re working on??? Please please please???
    Also… I can’t get the candymakers sequel out of my head!! I’ve tried everything! Just so memorable! There’s no way I’m going to be able to read it again and be surprised 🙁

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:53 pm

      You’re very funny! I hope you enjoy the prequel in 2024 and won’t be too old to read it, I’m sorry these comments are just going up!! It tells the story of how Logan’s grandfather wound up starting a candy factory and was a lot of fun to write. Can’t wait for you to see it! I wish you all the best!
      Wendy

  14. MKZ on November 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    OMG just read the chocolate chase and it is soooo amazing! I love how you are able to successfully write from 4 different perspectives and blend it all together, AND have mysteries for all the characters, not leaving any loose ends. Any chance you might write a third book? It left off on a bit of a cliff hanger, so…
    I also think you should have daisy and Phillip be together, because in the first book they both thought each other was attractive and there’s the part where they almost hold hands. So yeah anyway, I hope you take some of this into consideration!

    • Wendy Mass on November 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      So glad you liked it!! Hard to think about book 3 yet…over 500 pages for book 2 means i put most of my brain into that one. ;o). If that changes, you’ll hear it here first. :o)
      xx,
      Wendy

    • Wennie on August 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Philip and Daisy together 😀 Great idea

    • Kelsey on January 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      I would really enjoy a third book please make it happen even if I have to wait for it. Lol but just to know that the idea of it being made is out there is enough lol

      • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:32 am

        No plans at this point but ideas are always out there somewhere for authors just waiting to hatch! Thank you for reading! 🙂

        • Michelle Daddona on April 28, 2019 at 4:53 pm

          My daughter just finished both books in your Candymakers series and absolutely loved them! She surprised herself by finishing them even with how thick they were as she did not believe it was possible at the start, but they held her interest and she just wanted to keep on reading and reading. However, the second book left her on a bit of a cliff hanger, so she is wondering if there are plans for a third book in the series as she wants to find out if Logan is going to make his own candy out of the new beans like his grandfather did? And if his scars ever go away?And if this seed planted by Frank would take and actually bear cocoa pods in three to five years?

          • Wendy Mass on October 27, 2020 at 5:57 pm

            Hi, first I’m so glad your daughter enjoyed the books, that’s about 1000 pages under her belt LOL. I’m really not sure what will happen with the beans. If there’s ever a sequel someday I will have to figure that out. Right now I’m working on a prequel that will include Logan’s grandfather and his friends when they were kids and it will also include the beans. And I think Logan will continue to improve. Hope that helps, thanks so much for reaching out! All my best to you both, Wendy



  15. Sophia on November 20, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,

    I am writing to tell you how much I LOVE your books. You are one of my favorite authors!! My friends Charlotte and Ellie S., both go to Hebrew school with your kids. They were able to get me your book Leap Day, and it was signed by you. Thanks. Leap Day is now on my top favorite book lists. I love how you not only made it through Josie’s perspective, but through everyone else in Josie’s life. It was such a good book that I finished it in 3 days. I couldn’t put it down! Not only do I love Leap Day, but I love A Mango Shaped Space, 11 Birthdays, and Finally 12. All of your books are so good that I bought Every Soul a Star and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. I want to read Graceful, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, and all of the Twice Upon a Time Series. I hope to become a writer just as good as you someday!! I do have a couple questions that were not answered on your About Me section of your website:

    Will there be a sequel to Leap Day perhaps told through Katie’s perspective?

    Are you a Harry Potter Fan if so which house do you belong in?

    Have you read the Percy Jackson & Divergent Series?(They are my favorites)

    Will you write anymore of the Willow Falls Series of books?

    When is your next book going to come out?

    Will you please use my name which is Sophia as a character in your next book?

    Please answer my questions because I am dying to read your responses. Also, thank you for taking the time to read my email, I really appreciate it!!

    Sincerely, SS

    Will you please respond to my email

    • Wendy Mass on November 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Hi SS!! Thank you for your great letter, and I’m so glad Leap Day kicked it off for you! Thank you for the push to add more to the Q&A on my site, i’ll do that over the winter break. I’ll chat with C & E next time I see them and they’ll pass along the answers to your questions. Sound good? Hugs to you!!!
      Wendy

      • nafisa on November 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        Hi Wendy Mass am in the first book of candy makers can you tell me if there is a happy ending am in 263 you can do a spoil alert just this once i really love it make a 3 4 5 6 please thank you for making this book i envey you lol????

        • Wendy Mass on November 5, 2020 at 10:02 am

          You are very funny! I’m sure by now you’ve gotten to the end, and hopefully found it happy, with some surprises along the way. Hopefully you’ve gotten to the second one, too! :o)

  16. Anastasia on November 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Mrs.wendy mass
    I am a huuugggeeee fan my favotite series is your fairy tail one its sooo amazing my favorite book is 13 gifts finally was also good i love rory and tara but i also wanted to know if maybe u could or are making one for 14 ur an amazing inspiration keep writing if possible ur my favorite author ever and i wanna write books like urs????

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:51 pm

      Hi!! I hope you’re working on your own stories now. There turned out to be 5 books total in the Willow Falls series, and 4 in the fairy tale one. I had so much fun with those! Robin Hood was the last one.
      All my best to you!!
      Wendy

  17. Julia on November 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Wendy! I LOVE your books, especially the Willow Falls series. I just read The Candymakers 2 and it was amazing. I wish I could go to “Paradise”, its so beautiful. Thanks for your awesome books!
    🙂

    • Wendy Mass on May 10, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      And thank you for reading them! It means a lot to me! xo

  18. jessie on November 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    OMG!!! i loved the candymakers sequel because i waited so long for it, and i finished it in a day because i wouldn’t stop reading it!! It’s almost as good as the first book(not quite, because No book will every be as good as the first candymakers book! it was so good!) I hope there is a 3rd book because this one ended in a cliffhanger!!!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      HI!! WOW on finishing it in a day!! You are super speedy!! In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have ended the chocolate chase the way I did, oops! ;o). Book 3 is a prequel and hopefully you’re not too old to still read it. ;o).
      BEST WISHES to you!!
      Wendy

  19. Kalena on November 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,

    I just finished reading CM2 and it was fantabulous! I loved the concept of the book and the characters! Even the new characters that the main 4 met. I got the CM2 for my birthday, it’s like a tradtion! I get Wendy Mass books for my birthday each year. (If you don’t know what I mean check out my other comment for Graceful.) I have read all of your books and they all were super great! I also have a question; How do you get your inspiration for your stories? They all are so different! Whenever I try to write, my stories usually come out very similar to the same ones I have written before! Thank you for writing all of your books, you inspire me to become an author.

    -Kalena

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Kalena!!
      Love the birthday tradition!! That’s great that you’re writing! That totally happened to me a lot in the beginning (and I’d always name my characters the same names by mistake, too, and then have to fix it!). I find it helps to fill out questionnaires on the characters first and I make sure to make them very different from previous ones (different habits, settings, interests, lives, etc), so that steers the story in very different directions…hope that helps!!
      BEST WISHES!!
      Wendy

  20. Suzanne on December 11, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you, Wendy Mass! My daughter has recently discovered your books and it is the first time that I have seen her this excited to read! She has auditory processing disorder and school can be a challenge at times but she has totally connected with your writing and I am so grateful. What a blessing! Thanks!

    • Wendy Mass on December 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

      I’m so glad!! That’s literally the best thing to hear. I’ve watched that happen with my own son (with Harry Potter and Benedict Society) and it’s such a great feeling. Please give your daughter a big hug for me (and you too!). All my best wishes to you both! Wendy

  21. Alison Juntunen on June 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Ms. Mass,
    My fifth grade class and I read your book, Every Soul a Star this year and it has inspired us to want to see the solar eclipse! My students were so full of excitement that I hatched this wild idea that I should bring them to go see it. So now I am in the infancy stages of planning a trip to Festus, MO. I have made a contact in St. Louis and with the help of him and my School Board president it looks like we’re going! Festus School District is going to host my fifth grade students. We will be sleeping in their school Sunday night and then the following day we will spend it with the local students and staff while we wait for the eclipse. This is going to be so amazing and I just wanted to let you know it is all because of your book. Thank you for writing a book that resonates with students. The tale of Ally, Bree and Jack has inspired us to go for it. We figured if Bree and Jack could do it, so could we. 🙂

    I hope that you and your family have made plans to travel to a totality location. Wishing you clear skies,

    Alison Juntunen
    Fifth Grade Teacher
    Lodi School District, Lodi Wi

    • Wendy Mass on May 13, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      This sounds like it was an incredible trip. How fortunate your students are to have a teacher like you! It means so much to me that ESAS inspires this kind of an adventure! Thank you ✨

  22. Jordan Ryan on July 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Hi, I just finished the Chocolate Chase, and I would love to know if there is going to be a third one. Honestly, I never thought I could commit to a 533 page book.

    • Wendy Mass on April 24, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      I am so proud of you! I agree that number of pages is quite an undertaking. As of right now I don’t see a third in the future but at one point I couldn’t imagine a second so we both may be surprised. 🙂

  23. Rachel on July 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I love the Candymakers series, partly because I love candy! I sometimes wonder how you’re able to write so many different books, and they’re all amazing. My favourites are Willow Falls, and the Candymakers. Do you think it would be possible that in one book, the Willow Falls people and the Candymakers meet up? It would be like a special edition. Thank you so much, you are one of my favourite authors!

    Thanks again!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks so much, you’re so sweet!! I don’t think I’ve crossed those characters except for a sneak mention of the hypnotist at Leo’s birthday party in the Candymakers sequel. I wonder if anyone picked up on it. ;o).
      Wishing you all the best!!
      Wendy

  24. Ben on July 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,

    I have no idea if this will work, but I really hope so. when i was 8, my mom tried to read me a big book(it isn’t that big, but I was still reading little books then.) It was called, Pi In The Sky. About 2 years later, I found it in my closet collecting dust. I have read it about 6 times since then. Recently, I discovered the candy makers series, OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! I consider myself a writer, and I love coming up with cool new ideas. I hope i’m as good a you when I’m older. Anyways, I was hoping that a third(and maybe fourth) candy makers would come out. Also, I would love love love love love love love it if my name could be used(Ben.) Hopefully my mind won’t explode if it does happen.

    P.S. ignore my email name
    P.P.S you are my favoriitttttteeeee writer everrrrr

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      Hi Ben the Writer, with a much-belated response!! I did use Benjamin in a book, one of the Twice Upon a Time ones, so hopefully that’s almost as good!? ;o). SO GLAD you found and read Pi in the Sky, I think that’s the book I would have wanted to read when I was young! (and 3rd Candymakers book in 2024, a prequel!)
      All my best to you and your family!!
      Wendy

  25. Maddie on October 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Mrs. Mass,
    I JUST discovered that a sequel came out to the Candymakers! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! As for the first book, I’ve read it more times than I can count! Such a great story! Good luck on your books and you are an amzing writer! :)))

    -Maddie

    • Wendy Mass on April 24, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you! The Candymakers books were a lot of fun to write. It means so much to me you read it several times. Happy reading! xo

  26. Hailey on January 4, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Wendy your Candmakers books were amazing is there going to be a third one hopefully I finished all in a day

    • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

      At this point no plans for a third but I was surprised to find myself writing the second so one never says never! Thank you for reading! 🙂

  27. Vanessa Love on January 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    HIIIIIIII! you are my idol Wendy Mass!!! I just loved your book the candymakers and the great chocolate chase it was Amaze! I was wondering if you were gonna write a third book in the Candymakers seris if you do could you add my name Vanessa in there It would make day no MY YEAR!!

    • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

      No plans for a third CM at this point but I love your name! It is a beautiful name and who knows it may one day end up in a future book. xo

  28. Gabby on February 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    OMG!!!! I really hope you can make a Candymakers 3!!! I’ve read 11 birthdays, on Finally 12, read every soul a star, and is there a movie for the Candymakers??? I’ve read the 1st Candymakers, like, 10 times, and the 2nd 5 times.

    • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:30 am

      No plans at this point for a third. I think you may have set a record however for number of times reading Candymakers and deserve a medal!???? 🙂

  29. Bella on February 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    Hi! My name is Bella, I’m the age to enter the “New Candy Contest” (so 12) and I LOVE books and writing! The first book I read from you was one from the twice upon a time series when I was about six, and I remembered LOVING it! So when I was at one of my trips to the library recently and had only two minutes to grab a book, I picked up “The Candymakers,” (and so it begins *dramatic music*) It was an absolutely AMAZING book! It was very unique, and I love how each part tells how they were feeling and why they said or did what they did. As the story goes on, the reader falls in love with all of the characters. In the first part of the book (Logan’s), you get a feel for the story, and who you think is your favorite and least favorite character. As you read further, you realize that it’s impossible to dislike any of the characters (I despised Philip in the beginning, and now he’s one of my favorite characters, aside from me not being able to pick a favorite!) The friendship and bond that they share is priceless, and the way that the stories tie into each other is stellar. After LOVING this book, I spotted at Barnes and Noble the sequel (Great Chocolate Chase) and couldn’t resist buying it. That book was PHENOMENAL! I loved the way that the story was told, the characters fighting an individual battle along with battle together, and the portrayal of the character’s emotions, as well as how they deal with them. The friendship that they show is amazing, and they act as if they are family. What was also great was those surprise special guests that you threw in there (Mia, Zach, and Beth from “A Mango Shaped Space” Jeremy and Lizzy from “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” The characters from “Every Soul a Star” which made it seem like all of your books were connected by a thin thread. What was also amazing was the support that they showed for each other, and the amazing adventures that they went on. Are you thinking about writing a third book? If not, please consider it! You still have that HUGE cliffhanger type part at the very end about the tree dying that could be the foundation of the next book, and Daisy STILL hasn’t found her brother! My first hope was AJ and Daisy being siblings, but that didn’t happen, but I also wanted the one match to be Daisy and Philip, even though I LOVE the match of Arthur and Miles being related. Daisy and Philip have such an amazing bond, and they seem like a great match. In a returning book, it would be really cool to see AJ again, since he seemed a fit between the group (as almost a big brother) Anyway, you are an amazing, amazing, AMAZING author, and I hope you keep writing!
    Please respond!
    Love,
    Bella<3
    ps: I heard that there was going to be a Candymakers Movie:Fact or Rumor?

    • Wendy Mass on March 4, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Hi Bella!! Love all your insights!!! ANd that you spotted all the cameos!!! You’re the exact kind of reader i put them there for, so big hug to you for that! I don’t think there will be a part three, but i didn’t think there would be a part two, so who really knows? With the movie, fingers and toes crossed, but no word yet. Will let you know for sure though!
      xoxo
      Wendy

      • Jack on March 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm

        Dear Wendy mass,
        Hi it’s Jack. When is your new candy makers boom coming out and what is it going to be called? I really love you books and would love to meet you

        • Wendy Mass on April 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm

          Hi Jack! Thank you for this friendly note. I am not sure there will be a third Candymakers book but sometimes a new story will surprise me and then I just have to write it. Happy Reading! 🙂

  30. Tonia McDonald on March 15, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    My son was in fifth grade last year when he came home with a gigantic book from his school library, The Candymakers. I didn’t know what he was thinking. I laughed thinking we’d never finish this book, and I grimmaced thinking that I didn’t have any interest in reading some baby book about candy makers.
    WoW! I knew right away that I wrong was I wrong!
    I couldn’t put the book down even after the boys fell asleep from their bedtime story.
    I felt so bad that I was reading ahead without them, but I couldn’t resist.
    …jumping forward to tonight, with everyone asking me why was I did quiet at my staff meeting, including my boys, I didn’t want to admit it, but it was because I was so exhausted from being up till 2:15am last night reading The Great Chocolate Chase. I just finished now and I’m so pleased that I had to Google more books from Wendy Mass. I wish I had known about you earlier, but I’m very grateful to know about you now and really look forward to reading more of your books with my boys. Thank you! Superb writing! Very intriguing, entertaining, and inspiring.

    • Wendy Mass on April 29, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Nothing makes me happier to read that parents are enjoying my stories with their children and even sneaking ahead. XO

  31. Grace on March 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    This may come across as strange and child like to comment, but I am going to anyways. I am in love with your work and I would love to see it played out on the screen. Have you ever condisdered trying to talk to professionals to adapt this series as a movie? If not, you 10% should, it’s an exquisite read.

    • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

      This isn’t child like at all! Authors love when their books become movies. I had a great time observing the process with Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and would welcome more opportunities like that. Thank you for loving these stories! 🙂

  32. Ellis on March 17, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    I love The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase. I think you should come up with a third book. Regardless of the people saying that Phillip and Daisy should be together, this relationship would not be as funny as their teasing frenemy relationship. Here’s an idea; Logan and Daisy in a relationship. In a second book, when their hands were on top of one another, they did not move, Daisy sometimes hugs him, and Daisy admires Logan’s happy spirit.
    Thanks for your consideration,

    EB

    • Wendy Mass on May 5, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Such great ideas and love the descriptive use of words! Thank you for enjoying both Candymakers books! xo

  33. Georgia on March 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    I just wanted to to tell you how amazing I think the candymakers series is! I just found out that you have even more books which I’m looking forward to reading them ALL!!!!! I feel that you should make the next book ( if you make another that is ) have something with Daisy finding her brother, and a new candy release. Maybe a chance of tragedy. I hope that if ( and hopefully when ) you make another book these ideas can help sum up the big picture. Sincerely, Georgia

    • Wendy Mass on April 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Great ideas! And I still love after discover an author looking for their other books so I am honored you will be reading more of mine. Thanks so much for writing! 🙂

  34. Hanna on March 26, 2018 at 8:10 am

    after reading the first candymakers book in 2 days i decided i needed the second .i tried to read the second one slower because it was sad when the book ended. it took me 5 days to read the second

    • Wendy Mass on April 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Hanna
      I will often do that very same thing. I will try to read a book I love slowly to make it last longer. It means so much to me you did this with The Candymakers. xo

    • Georgia Hicks on May 12, 2018 at 11:54 am

      I’ve never heard something so true! Reading slow makes you want to see what goes on in the book. Have you ever read a book and seeing it happen before your eyes? Have any good book recommendations I’m open for options since I’ve officially read most of the books my library has!
      – Georgia

  35. Jack on March 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Wendy mass,
    Hi it’s Jack. When is your new candy makers boom coming out and what is it going to be called? I really love you books and would love to meet you

    • Georgia Hicks on May 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Same! (P.S. I’m not Wendy Mass) I agree to wanting to meet you. Your books are really insparational and have given me confidence to do a lot of things. How? I take a moment to think about your books and the confidence and imagination it takes to make them. Hope to see the movie to the Candymakers series! – Georgia

  36. Jackie Sherman on April 6, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Hello Wendy Mass! I know that you are very busy, but it would bring me great joy if you read my letter. I am the biggest fan of your books. You are my favorite author, and I LOVE your candy makers series. I love the detail you have given each book and I happened to come across the authors note at the beginning of the chocolate chase book. It said, “For all the readers of the candy makers who told me what you wanted to see in this book, I hope you’re please,” I couldn’t help thinking, how’d they reach out to you? I found this blog and thought it would be perfect. After all, you were the reason I began to love reading again and I have almost reread all of your books. I wanted to ask one question, “Are there going to be more book in the candy makers series?” I love this series so much and I can’t think to let it go. Especially the cliffhanger; I was upset to put the books back on my shelf when I finished both In a day, oopsa daisy hehe. I love how you made each character and how they relate to most readers. In my opinion, I would pay A LOT to have just one more book written about them. You were the reason for my childhood being so great and I enjoyed every second of it. I know that a lot of readers would jump off the walls if you wrote a third book. Please?

    Your biggest fan, Jackie

    P.s. If possible in your busy schedule, can you please write back to me? I would be the happiest person on the planet. Thank you

    • Wendy Mass on April 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      You made me one of the happiest authors with this thoughtful letter. As of now I don’t foresee any more Candymakers but I didn’t know there would be a second book. Sometimes stories find their way to an author when they least expect it. Keep reading! xo

  37. Madeleine on May 26, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I love the Candymakers series so so so much! Do you think if you make a third book you could use my name? Even if you don’t i really hope there’s a third book. I really want to know what happens to the tree and part of the book I shipped AJ and Daisy and even though they’re like brother and sister it was kind of cute and that’d be so fun to see in third book. I also think that it would be cool if we find out more about the history of the original candy maker and more about daisy’s family. So basically I really want there to be a third book????.

    • Wendy Mass on November 5, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Hi! I’m so glad you want more of the Candymakers b/c I’m currently writing a prequel that will star Logan’s grandfather when he was a child–so just what you suggested in that you’d learn more about how the factory came to be! I’ll post updates on it soon. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!! All my best! Wendy

  38. Adellaide on August 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Just a question: in the Chocolate Chase, the photograph company on the back of the photo (of Frank, Sam, Flo, and Henry) apparently never existed. But there wasn’t a reason given! Is it just a red herring or am I missing something?
    I totally love the series, btw. 🙂

    • Wendy Mass on October 27, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Hi, it’s so funny that you bring that up because I’m working on a prequel to the series and realized that that was a thread I never pulled on. At the time I was writing the Chocolate Chase, I was thinking that it would play out in the story somewhere because they wouldn’t have wanted a photograph of Frank to be out there. But I just never circled back to it, so I’m thinking I will use it somewhere in the prequel. Thank you for being such a thorough reader 🙂 Wendy

  39. omar on January 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    hi wendy
    i am a huge fan of the candymaker books.i have read them about 10-20 times and i like the way you have everything connected .can you tell me who was the person at the end of the book planting the blue bean?Please think about writing a book about Daisy going to spy school and finding her half brother.

    thank you

    • Wendy Mass on October 24, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      Wow you’ve read them many more times than I have and giving you a big hug for that! I feel like I owe you the answer to your question so here it is…your guess is as good as mine. I have a few different options in my head depending on if I ever write a sequel, but right now I’m working on the prequel in graphic novel form so I won’t need to know the answer yet 🙂 All my best to you. xo, Wendy

  40. CC on March 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Wil there be a third book of The Candymakers?

    • Wendy Mass on November 5, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Hi, yes! It’s a prequel, called Life is Sweet. I’m still in the middle of writing it though! More info to come soon. xo Wendy

      • Milan on April 22, 2021 at 2:09 pm

        Hey! I read the first Candymakers book many many times over the course of my middle school years and recently bought it and the sequel and I loved it!! Also it’s about a year from this thread and I hope your progress on the prequel is going well! Any more info you can give on it?

        • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 2:01 pm

          It’s done!! Woot!! Well, the writing part. Now the illustrations begin!! Can’t wait to see the first round of sketches. It was fun writing from Logan’s grandfather as a boy! Will keep you in the loop! (sorry for all the exclamations. ;o)

  41. Jade on June 29, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hi! I just wanted to say I LOVE this book and the first Candymakers book, and if you ever write a third I will be eagerly waiting for it. In the meantime, I may read your other books and draw lots of fanart! You might have seen my Candymakers art on my Instagram (jadegreenbun). Personally, my favorites are Logan and Phillip (and I’m not going to lie, i ship them a little, lol). All your characters are so full of life and personality, and all the twists kept me hooked for hours. Thank you for writing these wonderful books!!

    • Wendy Mass on November 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Jade! Your artwork is amazing!!! I can’t draw a straight line. I’m so glad you enjoy the twists and turns in the books, some are planned and some surprise me. That’s part of the fun of writing! Keep drawing and following your passions! Big hugs to you!! Wendy

  42. Katie H on August 29, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you for the candymakers series! My 3 boys and I listened to these all summer everytime we were in the car! We loved them! We hope there will be a 3rd one day!!

    • Wendy Mass on August 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm

      That’s so great that you listened to them in the car, hope you had some candy handy for the boys! I LOVE audiobooks too! The narrator for those books was like, really? 500 pages Wendy? Lol. He drank a lot of tea with honey!! May have some Candymakers news soon…

  43. Gabe on August 30, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Hi Wendy Mass I LOVE all your books I think you should make a third book about Logan, Daisy , Miles and Philip protecting the magic beans in paradise. I also think that since Philip had to withdraw the contest they should do a new contest and Logan would win and become the official owner of the candy factory and they would be protecting the beans and running the factory in a big adventure.

    ,Gabe

    • Wendy Mass on November 24, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Gabe! I totally give you permission to write that book, lol! My next Candymakers project will likely be a prequel, but I’ll let you know for sure soon. Thanks so much for writing and for reading the books!! Hugs! Wendy

  44. Penelope on September 19, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Hello Mrs. Mass,

    My name isn’t actually Penelope, but my mom didn’t want me to put my real name. I love your books I have read the Willow Falls series so many times and the Candy Makers like 12 times!!! I also love Every soul a star and A Mango Shaped Space and Jeremy fink and the meaning of life. Thank you for existing! I love Mia she is so awesome when I get have nightmares or am scared to jump off the high diving board at the pool, I think of her she makes me brave. Thank you!

    Penelope age 8

    • Wendy Mass on November 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Wow “Penelope!” that’s amazing that you’re 8 and you’ve read all those books!! You are such a great reader and a deep thinker! I’m glad Mia empowers you with her strength! (I’m still too scared to jump off a high board lol ;o). I hope you’ll keep reading! Hugs to you and mom! :o)
      xo
      Wendy

  45. Erin on September 24, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I love the willow falls series and I just finished reading the candymakers series.
    here are some Questions i have

    1. can you make a 3rd candymakers book
    2.if so can daisy not go to spy school
    3. can daisy and Philip date
    4. can daisy find out her family on her 14th birthday
    5. if so can AJ be her cousin

    • Wendy Mass on November 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Those are all great ideas!!!! I think the next project would a prequel though…more to come about that later though! Thanks for reading the books though!!
      xo
      Wendy

  46. Anonymous on January 17, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Please make a third book the first book and second book were AMAZING!!! Very inspiring, couldn’t stop reading

    • Wendy Mass on October 24, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Aw thanks so much! Hope you had candy with you 🙂 Working on the prequel now, in graphic novel form. All my best, Wendy

  47. Allie M. on April 2, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass, I love to read. Last summer I read 144 books! (My school makes us keep a log) I am in 7th grade now but when I was in elementary school I had a very small library and I had read almost every book in there. One day I found 11 birthdays. I immediately fell in love with the story line because I too have a boy best friend that I have been friends with since birth. We do everything together, just like Amanda and Leo! Pre-fight of course. I immediately read the rest of the series when I was done. I then purchased the books so that I could always read them. I have read them so many times. I have read every one of your books. I always feel a connection to the stories. After finishing the Birthdays series I needed to find another book by you. Then I found it. “Candy makers”. I finished that and then when the second book came out a couple years later I read that. I loved your implication of Daisy and Philip’s relationship. Although I would love to see them become a couple, I understand if that was a one time thing. They were both going through troubling times with their families and they needed the loving support of a friend. That being said if you do make a third book (which I definitely think you should) I have some suggestions. I think that in the story they should be 13 (daisy being 14) and should be facing the troubles of growing up. Maybe Logan’s parents decide to put him in a real school so that he can get used to other people before entering the harsh world of high school. Perhaps create some sort of bully that teases him about his scars and wispy care-freeness that is normally instituted in girls. Miles might meet a girl while geocaching and try to figure out how to work up the courage to talk to her. If you liked my idea of Daisy and Philip maybe Daisy will be trying to hide their relationship from her grandma and parents. I know that her grandma said that they look the other way as long as it doesn’t get too serious but maybe Courtney and her boyfriend got serious and her grandmother had to separate them and doesn’t want to take anymore chances. Philip might be trying to decide how to tell Miles and Logan about his and Daisy’s relationship since he told Daisy he would take care of it. He might be nervous too to see how they would react because although he has changed a lot he is still kind of mean sometimes and they might not think that he does not deserve her, not that Philip thinks he deserves her either. He might also be tryin to bond more with his grandma and try to get his brother to stop pestering him about when he is going to join another contest and trying to give him more cheating tactics. Maybe his father in an attempt to bond with him, finds out more about his friends and doesn’t think they are a good influence on him (or rather a bad enough influence on him) and is trying to get him to break of all ties. I am sorry for making this so long I just really want another CandyMAkers book 😉 Please consider some of these ideas (or if you DONT at least make a third book)
    XOXO,
    Allie M.

    • Wendy Mass on November 5, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Hi to you and your friend! I hope you’ll always be friends like Amanda and Leo! I’m so honored that both series took such special spots in your life, that is quite a compliment! I LOVE all your ideas!!! I don’t have plans to do another sequel as of now though, but will definitely hold onto your suggestions because I’ve learned to never say never!! Feel free to use the characters to write your own stories too, if you like! I think the prequel will wind up surprising you in that you’ll actually learn some answers to mysteries in the future books, it that makes sense. Big hugs to you both! Wendy

  48. Allie M. on April 2, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry a little follow up on my other comment, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t make the next book a prequel, I was talking to my friends who have also read the book and they said that they really don’t feel the need for a prequel. Instead of giving us the answers to unanswered questions that way maybe incorporate those answers into questions asked on the way to solving the new mystery. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:40 pm

      Ack, so sorry!! I do hope you’ll still give the prequel a try. It was a lot of fun imagining what Logan’s grandfather was like (and Henry and some others!) as kids and their adventures that led to the candy factory. It will be out in 2024…
      all my best wishes to you and your friends,
      Wendy

  49. Jeremy on April 17, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Will there be a Candymakers book 3? If so when will it come out? I can’t wait to read it.

    • Wendy Mass on October 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them, hope you had plenty of candy with you. I’m currently working on a prequel, which will tell the story of Logan’s grandfather and his friends when they were kids. Right now I’m eating a lot of candy as research. I will update the blog in a few months with more information 🙂 Wendy

  50. Charlotte on June 8, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Dear Wendy Mass,
    I know it’s been a while since your last comment so I still hope you read these. I was wondering if you’ve started on the third candymakers? I know you are probably very busy but it would be wonderful to read that book. I’ve loved the journey that you take us on and when I read the Candymakers it’s like I can see the factory right in front of my eyes. Only a few authors can do that to a person. I recently just finished reading the second candymakers for the second time and fell in love with it again it’s such a great story. I think the only thing that was missing was a little romance. If you do end up writing the third book please remember to add a little more (Philip and Daisy?) thank you for taking the time to read this comment. I know that it is long
    Your biggest fan,
    Charlotte
    P.S. it’s not only the Candymakers that I love I also love a mango shaped space 😁

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Charlotte!! The third one is done!! (the writing part, that is), and it will come out in 2024! Can’t really say that there’s romance in this one, although two characters meet who will later fall in love, although they don’t know it yet!
      All my best to you!!
      Wendy

  51. Tom Holland's girl friend on July 11, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Wendy;
    Is there going to be a third book? I was at the edge of my seat for the first two!

    • Wendy Mass on October 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them, hope you had some candy by your side 🙂 I may write a sequel to the second one someday but for now I’m working on a prequel, which will show Logan’s grandfather and his friends as kids. May your life always be sweet (pun intended!) 🙂 Wendy

  52. may on February 26, 2021 at 11:01 am

    dear wendy i really really enjoyed listening two your book on tape there was not many options in Braille i really hope you decide to right a third book it would make my day i really want to find out what happens to logan and the beans and if you make a third book i would be so exited two listen to it

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      SO glad you discovered the audiobooks, I love the way they came out! The narrator has become a friend (even though they were LONG books that he had to read lol!). the third book is coming out in 2024, but is a prequel so unfortunately what happens with Logan and the beans will have to remain a mystery ;o).
      All my best wishes to you!!
      Wendy

  53. Emily Grace on March 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Ms. Mass,

    Wendy, you have inspired me BIG time! The Candymakers books made me feel like I belong. It is a wonderful story. There’s a lot of relationships that are lifetime bonds. I feel like we do need a third but, maybe it ended full of mystery. I’m looking forward to the prequel, ( Its been over 5 months since you said you were writing one so It may be out now, I have no idea.) I hope it holds adventure! Although, you really should consider making a Candymakers movie. ( Im sure you have considered this.) I would LOVE to have AJ and Daisy be siblings. Before, I did not get why AJ call Daisy, ” Oopsa,” but now I do! You should be honored, to know that your book ( Chocolate Chase) was the longest book I have read In my LIFETIME! It was so fun to read, so I hope you make a third.

    Sincerely,
    Emily Grace
    4th Grade

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily!! And I really am honored about that being the longest book!! The Prequel will be out in 2024!!
      All my best to you!!
      Wendy

  54. Lulu on February 15, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Hello! I absolutely adore the Candymakers series. You are on my list of top three favorite authors! I was reading your other comments and I was overjoyed when I saw you wrote that you were writing another book, called “Life is Sweet” based off of Logan’s grandfather. Your ability to tie four completely different lives together so harmoniously is just astonishing to read! You have inspired me to write a book as well. My favorite character is Daisy for sure. I also really appreciate the length of your books as well, I know it must be a lot to write, but it was such a good story line I never wanted it to end! Cant wait for the next book to come out,
    Lulu

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Lulu!! Thank you so much for the kind words about the series, the new book is done (hurrah!!) and in the copyediting stage which is a very fun stage where a very talented person finds and corrects all my mistakes! That’s awesome about writing your own book! Let me know how it goes! :o) Wendy

  55. Prithika on March 22, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Hi, Wendy! Its 2022, and i think i’m a little late, but i have finished candymakers 1 and 2, i definitely couldn’t stop reading. I loved how you connected everyone’s point of view and i was stunned by how everyone shared their secrets, it was truly breathtaking, i loved all the little jokes you included to! I have read (almost) all the comments and your replies! Cant wait for a candymakers book 3 or prequel, And i would love to see something about Daisy and her spy school!

    xox

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