First, a delayed Music Monday: did you know that NPR does first listens of whole albums. I’m listening to The Swell Season’s Strict Joy. It’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova who starred in and did the music for Once, a movie that I watched while I was pregnant and it made me cry big, fat salty tears.

Now onto the real business of the day. It’s Debs Pageant time! In Secrets of Truth & Beauty, Dara is a former child pageant star. So, in order to introduce you to the wonderful authors and characters of the 2009 Debutantes, I am hosting a Debs Pageant on my blog. Today we have Mandi, one of the secondary characters in Pam Bachorz’s novel Candor.

Character name: Mandi Able
Age: 17
Biography: I am a senior at Candor High, where I study very hard and try to make a difference in important civic issues, like stopping horrible people from painting graffiti all over our town. Before I moved to Candor, I was on my way to win Miss Charm USA–but my parents did everything they could to make me forget that with Candor’s brainwashing.

What is your talent? Talent doesn’t matter when you’ve got my brains and charm. Not that I’m bragging. Bragging is unattractive. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t be bragging.

What will you wear for the evening dress competition? Teens should dress modestly so it will be something with a full skirt and a high dress. Wait, no! That’s not how to win! Where do these strange thoughts even come from? It will be tight and low-cut and sparkling and I will WIN!

Who is your escort? Sherman Golub, the sweetest cutest boy in Candor. It’s weird, I didn’t think that when I first met him. But then my parents switched the music in our house speakers and the next morning, I realized that he’s the boy for me. Isn’t that weird?

And now for the interview portion . . .If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? If I could change the world, every person would do their very best and they wouldn’t try to destroy the beauty of our community. I don’t know why people forget that hard work achieves results.

Thank you Mandi and Pam!

candorTo find out more about Pam and Candor, please visit her website. You can order Candor from Amazon, or scoot on over to your favorite local bookstore and pick it up.

If the world of Candor seems like the right one for you and your family, visit the town site to find out how you can become a part of the community.

Debs Pageant: Pam Bachorz

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