The Candy Shop War
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The Candy Shop War
|September 11, 2007|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||404 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-1-59038-783-2 (first edition, hardback)|
|LC Class||PZ7.M9112 Can 2007|
|Followed by||The Arcade Catastrophe|
Ten year old Nate Sutter and his family move to town. Nate's mother told Nate to talk to the kids riding in their bikes. Nate's father also told him to, and that he would dig out Nate's bike for him.
He also says that when he was young, anyone that happened to be walking by was his friend, which earned a comment, "A great way to be stabbed by a hobo,".
Nate still goes out reluctantly and talks to the kids. The brown haired girl with scabs was revealed to be a tomboy, Summer, also funny, like Nate. The chubby boy with a buzz cut was Pigeon. The olive skin, black haired boy was Trevor. Pigeon brings up about their club, earning a glare from Summer. Nate asks to join, and Summer says that they will discuss about it, and he should come back in about ten minutes.
When Nate came back, Summer told him to jump off a ramp. Nate accepted the challenge, but then a group of bullies attacked them by throwing dirt as projectiles. Nate chased after them, but they throw some more and escape. For Nate's courage, Summer lets him join for free and he doesn't need to jump off the ramp anymore.
Later, Nate was disappointed because he was put in a class with Summer and Pigeon.
After school, the friends meet Belinda White, an old woman who owned a candy shop. She acts warm towards them and gives them penny candy, which is different each day. They help her clean the shop and other deeds, and Ms. White awards them with normal, delicious candy.
Things start to get strange when she tells them to attract beetles. She gives them strange instructions, which she says would work. It does, and they bring it back. Ms. White awarded them with what she called Moon Rocks, and claimed it to be magical. Nate and his friends doubt it, but still try it out. The Moon Rocks were true, and they made them jump high into the air and land as light as feather.
From there, they grew attached to Ms. White, doing her bidding, getting rewarded with candy, and Ms. White's tasks started going strange. On one of the friends visit to her, a strange old hobo stops them, saying that Ms. White is evil. They don't believe him, and proceed.
Ms. White also requests them to give all their relatives white fudge, an addicting fudge that causes the consumer to be unaware of anything and be highly addicted, so that they can do anything without rousing suspicion.
Ms. White requests them to steal a book and a wristwatch, saying that she was only "borrowing" it and that it was "rightfully hers". The friends receive Melting Pot Mixers to change their looks and their fingerprints randomly so that no one could detect their identity. Nate also receives Pixie Dust, linked to a Pixie Doll, so that the user of the candy would be unconscious as a human, but gains control of the doll, and the control of the doll stops when the user is woken up.
They steal the wristwatch, but accidentally crack it, due to a mysterious man chasing after them. They barely make it with their lives.
The next task Ms. White wants them to do is to dig a grave, scaring the friends a little because the hobo mentioned "Digging graves". Nevertheless, they do it with a new candy, Sweet Tooth, which gives the user the ability to sweet-talk and convince people.
The task that shocks them is when Ms. White tells them to give a Clean Slate to Mr. Scott, saying that it would erase his memories because he was "evil". Summer and Pigeon back out, but Nate and Trevor stay. A new candy, Mirror Mints, can allow the user to travel into the mirror world, but requires another mint to exit. Instead of sneaking the candy into a drink, they warn Mr. Scott and pocket the candy for something else.
There,The man John Dart tells them that Ms. White was after The Fountain of Youth, because as a young magician, her power would be bigger than as an old magician. They realize that Mr. Scott and Ms. White are both ancient magicians who were racing to the fountain, and if they both stepped outside unprotected, they would die instantly.
Summer and Pigeon return and help, and Nate and Trevor sneak into Ms. White's shop, only for Trevor to get trapped in the mirror world.
Mr. Scott sends them to find a ship with his own candy, Peak Performance gum that helps them have high agility, speed, and anything, Iron Hide, and a candy for animals only that grants them the gift of speech for 20 minutes. The bullies, Denny, Kyle, and Eric, Ms. White's new henchmen, race them, but Nate and his friends ultimately win.
Nate feeds a horse candy and the horse sends them to Mr. Scott's house, only to find Ms. White's henchmen waiting there, so Nate decides to take it to his house. Ms. White's wood Indian steals the ship, and Nate fails to stop him, and gets grounded by his parents because under the white fudge, think he invited his friend over.
The next thing is that the Fountain's location and key is only known by a relative of it. Pigeon thinks the custodian, Gary is one of the relatives and asks him. Gary then says that his family vowed to kill anyone who asks, but because he was to kind to kill, he ties Pigeon to a chair and escapes. Pigeon realizes that Kyle was listening the whole time as a Pixie Doll, and cannot stop him.
Summer gets held captive, and Nate and Mr. Scott are stranded in Mr. Scott's ice cream truck. Mr. Scott tells Nate to eat the three Time Grains, the first of the past, the second of the future, and the third of the present, warning him that he cannot change the past.
Nate goes to the past as the hobo he and his friends met earlier, and failing to warn them, says what the hobo had said. The future, Nate realizes, is horrible and he comes across an elderly Pigeon who says that he was forced to get the cup, and no matter how much he tried to spill, it regenerated. Whoever turned the key turned into an old man (Kyle), whoever stepped in aged drastically (Eric, who could not walk), so they sent Pigeon. After he did, his dog followed him and got killed, while Ms. White drank the water, became a 10 year old, and dominated the world under white fudge, making everyone her slave, and she forced Summer and Denny to eat the fudge.
As the present, Nate splits into three, and one goes to rescue Trevor with his Mint, one goes to talk to the current Summer and Jonas, and the third goes to stop Ms. White.
Nate puts the Clean Slate he received earlier into the cup of water. He was unable to stop Ms. White from drinking it, but he was able to erase her memories. It ends with Nate eating a fortune cookie and turning back into a boy,(only about 7 months older than he was before) while the clueless Ms. White stars as a protagonist in the second book as "Linda".