May 4, 2011

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go

Like I said in my last "In My Mailbox," this book was recommended to me by my friend who also told me to read the Fablehaven books so I value his opinion. Dale E. Bayse tackles the question we have all be asking, Is there h**l for children? Summary: When Milton and Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow-bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn eighteen, whichever comes first?.
Okay it is hard to sum this book up in just one review, but I'll give it a shot. As Publishers Weekly said “The author’s umpteen clever allusions . . . make this book truly sparkle.” The characters were all developed and portrayed very well. I think this book is sort of a cross between The Phantom Tollbooth and Alice in Wonderland, except this one was [maybe] even better. Dale E. Basye crafts a fun, unique book.

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