Publication Date: December 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List
“Candor is the perfect town. Perfectly designed and perfectly maintained. And as long as everyone listens to their music it will stay that way. This is a powerful and engrossing tale of one man's obsession with perfection and his son's attempt to redefine it.”
-- Kat Goddard, The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
Teens respect their elders, do their chores, and enjoy homework . . . because they re controlled by subliminal messages. Oscar Banks, the son of the town s founder, is the model of perfection: class president, top student, shining example. But it s only a disguise. Unlike all the other Candor teens, he knows about the Messages, and he fights them with his own counterprogramming. Only Oscar knows how to get kids out of Candor for a price. When Nia moves into town, Oscar is smitten by her tart attitude and ability to see through his perfect-boy front. He can t stand to see her changed by the Messages. Now he must decide to help Nia escape Candor and lose her forever, or keep her close and risk exposure."