- Logan is the son of a candymaker and lives in a candy factory. He has dreamed of winning this competition his entire life, like his father and grandfather did before him.
- Miles is quiet and has a penchant for talking backwards, in addition to allergies to strange things, including rowboats and the color pink. He carries a mysterious backpack everywhere he goes and is obsessed with the afterlife.
- Daisy is sunny and likable. She comes from an eccentric background that seems like a patchwork of contradicting stories. She is interested in romance novels and likes to read them aloud.
- Philip comes from a wealthy family and claims he does not like candy. He is only interested in winning the contest for the sake of winning. He carries a notebook with him everywhere he goes in which he is always scribbling.
Sarah A. Wood, a reviewer for teenreads.com and kidsreads.com since 2003, is a lifetime reader and writer. She refuses to accept that there are people who don't like to read and stubbornly believes this is only because they have not met the right book yet.