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Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck Library Binding – May 22, 2012

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About the Author

DALE E. BASYE has been a journalist, film critic, and publisher of an arts and entertainment newspaper. He lives with his wife and son in Portland, Oregon. Please visit his Web site at WheretheBadKidsGo.com to find out more.

BOB DOB draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, classic Disney, and Film Noir. He lives in Redondo Beach, California, where he draws, paints, and drinks coffee all day. For more on Bob and his art, visit BobDob.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heck (Book 5)
  • Library Binding: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375968342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375968341
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The idea for Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go came to me where most of my ideas come from: that area just behind the eyes and somewhere, approximately, between the ears. Of course, every story needs what is commonly referred to as a protagonist. That is, a hero, or-at the very least-someone whom the reader can relate to in some way while serving as a guide through a host of unpleasant, fantastical circumstances. Often, the protagonist mirrors the author, not for any significant reason other than it's much easier for the author (fewer things to make up) while giving him/her the perfect excuse to write about himself/herself. Ever the overachiever, I decided to have two protagonists-hardly a "novel" idea-but it allowed me to write through my dual selves-the ever cautious, perpetually in-his-head Milton, and the tart, impulse-control-challenged Marlo.

Preadolescence can feel like an eternity when you're in it, but you actually get through it fairly unscathed, though your body and voice may soon be rendered unrecognizable. This complete freakishness is normal. So let laughter and perseverance be your best and most trusted bodyguards, providing loyal service without even demanding your lunch money in return.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Song on August 19, 2012
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THis book is awesome! THe entire series is awesome! Our entire family loves these books. I reluctantly got the first one for my 11YO son, then my 20YO daughter read it and told me it was amazing. I had to wait for all her friends to read it before I could. I was floored. I found myself laughing at all the adult(as in grown up, NOT XXX) puns tucked into the adventures of the protagonist's lost souls as they struggle to find their way out of Heck.

I'm amazed there's not a Heck movie yet. Some one needs to do a product promo on this series, it's the best kept secret in children's literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chem Guy on August 21, 2013
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My 9-year-old daughter loves the series. The books are well-written and an engaging story. Despite the "scary" aspects of the content, my daughter is enthralled and the tone is appropriate for kids. My daughter is anxiously awaiting the sixth book's arrival. She thinks each book has been better than the last.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 4, 2012
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If you want to know what happened in the previous four books in the Heck series, read my other reviews. Better yet, read the books! Just don't come crying and whining to me about missing out on an amazingly funny series, or else you might be sent to Snivel: the circle of Heck reserved for the perpetually depressed, sad and inconsolable. Set up like a bummer camp, Snivel is sure to cause even more despair with its mosquitos that seem to leave you drained, a whirlpool in the middle of the lake that threatens to suck you in, and a new vice-principal --- Edgar Allan Poe. Decked out in their new unhappy camper t-shirts, siblings Milton and Marlo Fauster can only imagine what new depths they will sink to in Snivel.

Marlo instantly notices all the posters advertising missing campers that are posted around Snivel. Before she can even think about what this means, she is picked for a special Decease Corps mission. Marlo's shadow will be transmitted up to the Surface to spread discontent and sadness to as many people as possible. At first, Marlo is thrilled once again to see the life she left behind, but when she sees how miserable her family and old friends are, Marlo isn't sure she wants to continue being a source of grief. She's even more confused as to why she's supposed to spend her time at a local video game parlor.

Already depressed about being in Snivel, Milton is even sadder after Marlo is whisked away without explanation. He doesn't have time to wallow in misery, though, as he receives a mysterious invitation to join Arcadia Gr8 G4m3rz Club, some sort of underground (literally) video game club, where members play some of the most cutting-edge video games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on June 2, 2012
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Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Snivel continues on with more of the same of what we've come to expect from this series by this time. Book Five is not as good as the last book but stands strong along with the others. The plot will really be a lot of fun for kids as the majority of the action takes place with Milton & his new group of friends inside a video game version of "Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go". This time Milton and Marlo start out together and are quickly separated. The narrative switches alternately between each of them as they each have their own individual adventure. There are not so many famous people that they run across this time but more plays on words such as at the monastery they meet Abbot Costello. Probably more recognizable by mom and dad than the intended audience. Likewise the two main antagonists are Edgar Allan Poe and a dude named Provost Marshal Tesla. Now most will know who Poe is, the other took me some research. I knew from Bayse's technique that he had to be based on a real person. His character was a foreign mad scientist heavily involved in electricity experiments and he was behind this whole video game scheme. It is not until near the end of the book that Tesla's first name is mentioned and a simple google lead me to the real "mad scientist". But this is all likely to go over the intended audience's head. But again *I* enjoyed the detective work!

The story is fun, kids are going to enjoy it, the new characters introduced are a wacky bunch and will be appreciated though it is disappointing not to have the return of any old classmates. This is slightly made up for by the return of Milton's pet ferret, Lucky, who has either been missing or played an insignificant role in the last few books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandie on June 20, 2012
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Of course this book should be read as part of the series so my first recommendation is to read the first four books! The whole series thus far is amazing! Each book pulls you in with both its individual story and the overall story as a series. You become so invested in Milton and Marlo (and one mustn't forget Lucky Milton's pet ferret) you can't put the book down! This book is great for tweens and reluctant readers. I didn't enjoy reading as a kid but I guarantee if someone had put this series in my hands (even though it didn't exist then) when I was 12 a crane couldn't have pulled me away. The appeal of these books goes beyond the tween years though. I am in my late 20's and am madly in love with this series. My friend in his early 40's also enjoys this series. The books are cleaver, funny, and even thought provoking. I can't say enough good things about this book series or Dale E. Basye! Please, please, please give this book series a shot. You won't be disappointed! And even if you are disappointed at least you can take comfort you're not in Heck.
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