The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

May 15th, 2017 by

Submitted by Tristan, Age 10 from Connecticut

Rating: ★★★★★

The candymakers is a awesome book. I love the meaning behind the story the characters are awesome to. I do not want to spoil the book but I am just going to say the structure and how Wendy Mass put everything together is amazing and that is how you get a book amazing you need to put the story all together to make it amazing. you should read the candymakers it is fantastic. READ THE CANDYMAKERS it is sooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

November 4th, 2015 by

Every_Soul_a_StarSubmitted by Shanesse, Age 10

Rating: ★★★★★

I loved your book, i understood every word. the meaning of life means a lot to me, i hope you create another book soon.

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

May 15th, 2015 by

Submitted by Sasha, Age 11 from Maryland

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is full of secrets. You find many friends in unexpected places. its a mystery. A good bonus is that its all about CANDY!

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

December 12th, 2014 by

Submitted by Mia, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is a great book.If you are in to books with a mystery then this is a book for you. There are two main characters Amanda and Leo. They share a birthday and then their birthday keeps on repeating. It is up to Amanda and Leo to make sure there birthday stops repeating.

A Mango-Shaped Space: Book Review

April 22nd, 2014 by

a-mango-shaped-spaceIf you’ve read Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret Series, then you’ve already heard of synesthesia, a brain condition that causes people to mix up their senses. For example, they might see lines in the air when they hear music, or they might associate certain numbers with certain colors.

In the Pseudonymous Bosch books, synesthesia is just one part of a crazy adventure. But in A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass, it’s the whole focus.

Mia has synesthesia, but it’s never been diagnosed before, so she’s gone through life feeling like she must be crazy — until she starts learning that there’s a scientific reason why her brain works like it does. AND there are other people like her!

Suddenly, a whole world opens up to Mia. But will it be at the expense of her existing life and relationships? Things are different in her family now, and also there’s tension with Mia’s best friend. At least Mia’s always got her cat, Mango.

I recommend this book to fans of Wendy Mass’ other books, such as Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and the Willow Falls series. But I think anyone who enjoys realistic fiction about friends and family will enjoy A Mango-Shaped Space.

Have you read it yet? If you have, let me know in the comments! And I’m curious: Have you heard of synesthesia before?

— Karen

Karen learned about synesthesia in high school science class. She’s always thought it sounded awesome, but this book showed her the challenges it can cause, alongside the cool parts.

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13 Gifts by Wendy Mass

August 27th, 2013 by

13-Gifts_Wendy-MassSubmitted by Makayla, Age 11 from Ohio

Rating: ★★★★★

When trying to make friends 12 year old Tara Brennan is convinced into breaking into her school to steal a goat while armed with pepper spray. As punishment her parents decide to send her to the sleepy little town of Willow Falls to set her straight. When she arrives there she tells lie after lie, day after day. To make sure no one knows the real reason she’s there she must find 13 mysterious gifts before her quickly approaching 13 birthday. While finding the objects she meets a lot of strange and not so strange people like David who sings at the bottom of an empty pool, a girl who may be dating a teen movie star, or two friend who talk to each other using blackboards, and her 11 year old cousin who last time she saw her ate an entire stick of glue. But that willow falls for you, anything is possible and nothing is as it seems. I really liked this book because it was really mysterious. I would recommend this book for people who like a good mystery. I would also recommend it for people who like a book with lots of twists and turns.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life: Book Review

June 19th, 2013 by

jeremy-fink-and-the-meaning-of-life-wendy-massYou’ve heard the saying, “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.” Well, in Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass, the two main characters are on a search for four keys in the city of New York — which seems like it would be at least as difficult as the needle-haystack scenario, if not harder!

Why the quest? Jeremy is about to turn 13, and he learns that before his father died, he left Jeremy a locked box to open on his 13th birthday. The only problem? No keys. And wouldn’t you know it — the box was specifically designed to only accept four specific keys in four specific locks. And it can’t be forced open either!

So Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, set off on an adventure that takes them all over the city and introduces them to all sorts of interesting people — from a man who questions the value of money, to an old woman who never got over betraying her best friend from childhood, to a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, to a fortune teller on the boardwalk of Coney Island.

Can any of these people help Jeremy and Lizzy find the keys to the box? Or if not, can they at least help Jeremy discover the meaning of life? Because according to the label on the box, that’s what Jeremy’s dad left inside of it…

I loved this book. Loved loved loved it! And you will too, if you enjoy heartwarming stories about friendship and family with a little mystery thrown in. Also, if you’re already a Wendy Mass fan, this book is definitely for you!

Already read the book — or seen the movie adaptation? Leave a comment with your thoughts! I’d especially like to know if I should see the movie!

— Karen

Karen has participated in scavenger hunts in San Francisco, but never in New York. Who wants to organize one for her? Anyone?

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Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass

October 28th, 2011 by

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this series, send them here.]

Submitted by bob, Age 13 from Alabama

Rating: ★★★★★

was totally awesome

Kidsmomo Podcast #55: Farts, Phantoms, and Randoms

October 4th, 2011 by


Why should you be thanking us? Well, the wait is finally over! It’s time to unveil the first Kidsmomo podcast in our new format!

We’re mixing things up, turning a new leaf, welcoming a new day, and all those other things that people say when they’re introducing something new and awesome. So get your ears ready, friends… You’re welcome.

    Listen now:
    Download the MP3 (3.5 MB)

  • Author cameos from Raymond Bean and Erica Perl
  • Karen’s book review: 13 Gifts by Wendy Mass
  • Nancy’s book review: The Phantom Tollboth, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer
  • A review from YOU: 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
  • Hamster pee

And don’t forget: As we mention in the podcast, we’ve got two (count ’em, TWO) sweepstakes running right now! Enter for a chance to win signed copies of the Sweet Farts books and When Life Gives You O.J. Of course, if you’ve already read those books — or any good books lately — send in your review. We’ll feature a kid review in our next podcast!

— Karen and Nancy

Jeremy Fink Movie Trailer

August 16th, 2011 by

I know it’s a cliché to say, “You learn something new every day,” but I really did learn something new today! I found out that there’s a movie adapation of Wendy Mass’ book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life that’s supposed to come out sometime in 2011!

And there are only a few months left in 2011, so it should be hitting theaters any day now, right? Right?!

Unfortunately, I can’t find any info on a precise release date, but that’s okay — it gives everyone more time to read the book before seeing the movie!

(Btw, if you’re not familiar with the book, it’s about a mysterious wooden box that Jeremy receives in the mail with the words, “The Meaning of Life — for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” The only problem? Four locks and no keys! So Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy, set out on a quest to find the keys and discover the meaning of life.)

Here’s the movie trailer:

And for some behind-the-scenes fun, check out Wendy Mass’ blog post about her day on the movie set!

So… what do you think? Leave a comment with your opinion on the trailer. How do you think the movie will compare to the book?

— Karen

Karen has no idea what the meaning of life is. When you find out, please let her know.

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