• Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town’s founder, Oscar earns straight As and is student-body president.

But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, perfect, and compliant through subliminal messages that carefully correct and control their behavior. And Oscar’s built a business sabotaging his father’s scheme with messages of his own.

After all, who would ever suspect the perfect Oscar Banks? Then he meets Nia, the girl he can’t stand to see changed. Saving Nia means losing her forever. Keeping her in Candor, Oscar risks exposure… and more.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 272
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.2
Reading Counts! Points 16.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF056000, YAF015000, YAF058260
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.1875 x 8
Lexile 350
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 132845
Accelerated Reader® Points 8.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, Winner, 2015
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2009
  • Tayshas Reading List, Winner, 2009


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The constant threat of Oscar’s discovery, along with a rather hot romance and some key chase scenes, will keep readers turning the pages….[A]n ideal choice for book clubs.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Publishers Weekly

“[I]t’s a compelling story that quickly becomes a page-turner. Be prepared for a chilling ending.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Pam Bachorz

Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every performance group and avoided any threat of athletic activity, unless it involved wearing sequined headpieces and treading water. With a little persuasion she will belt out tunes from "The Music Man" and "The Fantasticks", but she knows better than to play cello in public anymore. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees: a BS in Journalism, a BA in Environmental Science, a Masters in Library Science and an MBA. Her mother is not happy that Pam's degrees are stored under her bed. Pam draws inspiration from the places she knows best: she wrote CANDOR while living in a Florida planned community, and set DROUGHT in the woods where she spent her summers as a child. She currently lives in the metropolitan New Jersey area with her husband and their son. When she's not writing, working or parenting, Pam likes to read books not aimed at her age group, go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television. She even goes jogging. Reluctantly.