"A compelling story that quickly becomes a page-turner. Be prepared for a chilling ending." - Publishers Weekly
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.
Appropriate for grades 7 and up.
Lessons include warm-up activates, whole-class activities, discussion-based activities, small group exercises, and exercises in textual analysis. The packet also includes discussion questions, key vocabulary, and passages of interest for each lesson. Topics addressed include character development, textual analysis, and the use of dialogue in Candor by Pam Bachorz. Activities are intended to help students gain an understanding of various aspects of the novel, including how characters are rendered through dialogue, how setting affects the characters and action in the novel, and how to identify foreshadowing in particular passages. Overarching themes covered in the lessons include dystopian literature and young adult literature.