The Candymakers Discussion Questions

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

'The Candymakers' is a fun middle school book with themes of friendship, creativity, and overcoming obstacles. Assign this novel to your reading groups, then enjoy a good read and a lively discussion.

The Candymakers

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass combines a colorful romp through a fantastic candy factory with four twelve-year-old candy makers, who are each dealing with their own unique issues. Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip are participating in a candy-making contest in which they each must design their own candy. Along the way they deal with competition, betrayal, personal battles, and friendship. This book has enough suspense to leave the reader guessing, and enough substance to provide for good discussions. Once your middle school students have finished The Candymaker, give them these discussion questions to complete their experience.

Questions About the Story

  • How does the first meeting between Logan, Philip, Daisy, and Miles foreshadow later events?
  • Miles continually references the afterlife. How does this affect the other contestants?
  • How does your understanding of Philip, his notebook, and his bad attitude change through the course of the novel?
  • How does his time in the candy factory give Miles new associations for his ''allergies,'' even before he learns who Daisy is?
  • What is the role of Philip's music in his life? How does his violin playing change your perception of his character?
  • How does the author unveil Logan's history? What does this technique do to your experience of the story?
  • The author gives information about each contestant's relationship with their parents. How do these parental relationships affect the children?
  • How does the Candymaker's secret ingredient drive the story? How did you feel when you learned what it was?

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