(Lerner/Egmont UK/Hardie Grant Egmont/Thierry Magnier)






Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.

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Honors for CANDOR

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Indie NEXT selection
  • YALSA Popular Paperback
  • CYBILS award finalist
  • Florida Teens Read Title
  • Black Eyed Susan award nominee
  • Highly Recommended Books for Young Readers by the Boston Authors Club
  • Choice by the Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Nominee for the Cumbrian Secondary Schools' Spellbinding Book Award

Readers Love CANDOR!

"A compelling story that quickly becomes a page-turner. Be prepared for a chilling ending." -Publishers Weekly

"Gripping debut novel...this is a book that stays with you long after the final page." -Shelf Awareness

"A very intelligent teenage thriller, and a spooky one....a great crossover book."--Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf

"A well-reasoned, creepily possible first novel." --Kirkus Reviews

"A timely and compulsively readable page-turner that has a powerfully affective ending." --School Library Journal

"A credibly horrifying psychological thriller" -- The Times of London

"A can't put down read that will you have you turning the pages, anxious to find out what happens next." --A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

"Brilliantly written debut novel...the ending of CANDOR was shocking!" -Sharon Loves Books and Cats

"Pam Bachorz's creation of both characters was brilliant." -Reading Rocks

"Fascinating and chilling...very reluctant-reader friendly." -Jen Robinson's Book Page

"Keeps you turning pages... does a great job with character motivation." -Never Jam Today

"The ending...was so surprising. Pam Bachorz definitely wrote this book so you wouldn't see it coming." -anotherpageisused

"Very fast-paced, very edge-of-your-seat, and exceptionally hard to put down." --Lucid Conspiracy

"A brilliantly written, gripping novel. From page one, I was completely taken in by the believable teenage voice of Oscar..." --The Book Butterfly

"The ending was killer...this book was awesome." --Bookworming in the 21st Century