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Wax
ISBN: 9780544633155
Author: Damico, Gina
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: August 2016
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Visiting a candle factory where she spots a room filled with lifelike wax sculptures, Poppy is astonished when one of the figures comes to life and follows her home before the people in her town begin transforming in frightening ways.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Wax figures; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015035202
Lexile Measure: 800
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Mystery, Middle School, High School, Fantasy, Chapter Books
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
Paraffin, Vermont, is famous for its candle factory. But when seventeen-year-old Poppy finds a living wax boy and her neighbors start acting strangely, she begins to suspect there is something sinister going on at the factory. Although the premise sounds like a horror story, the book instead focuses on friendship, romance, and light mystery. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 May #5)

Damico (Hellhole) delivers a deliriously off-the-wall tale of small-town horror, in which 17-year-old Poppy Palladino has to persuade her friends that key members of the community are being replaced by living wax duplicates, all part of a fiendish plot orchestrated by the mysterious owners of the town's famous candle factory, "a wax-poured juggernaut of industry." Poppy isn't sure who to trust when neighbors and authorities alike start acting strangely; matters are further complicated when she gets a wax companion of her own, Dud, who looks like an ordinary teenage guy but literally knows nothing about the real world. Now they have to save Paraffin, Vt., from the invasion of the Hollow Ones before all that's left of the townspeople are uniquely-scented candles at bargain prices. Poppy's bone-dry sense of humor provides laughs throughout this creepy tale of body-snatchers ("Dud wasn't capable of understanding the concept of nipples, much less love"), but the real strength of the story lies in Damico's wholehearted commitment to her bizarre plot and its outlandish twists. Ages 12–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

Gr 8 Up—The world-famous Grosholtz Candle Factory resides in Paraffin, VT; so does aspiring theatrical actress and sassy teenager Poppy Palladino. Recently humiliated on national television during a talent contest, Poppy is the town laughingstock. Haunted by the mishap, she is bullied by her schoolmates and can't shake her notoriety. When her nemesis, Blake, finds an exact wax replica of Poppy and uses it to embarrass her yet again, Poppy reaches her saturation point and seeks revenge by visiting the candle factory in the hopes of getting a wax figure of Blake to return the favor. What Poppy discovers instead are dark secrets after a chance meeting with a cryptic old lady working there. The woman leaves the teen a message etched in a candle and warns her of the perils of the factory. With the help of a wax figurine who magically comes to life and is left in her care, the heroine sets out to find out what is going on. When the town residents start acting strangely, Poppy realizes there are few whom she can trust. The story line begins slowly but moves quickly once the protagonist unearths a nefarious plan for the town. Moving from victim to hero, Poppy steps up to save her community. VERDICT Although the book has elements of a typical horror story, it won't quite keep its readers up all night. Purchase where the author's books are popular.—Vivian Ho, Port Washington Public Library, NY

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