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Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck [Hardcover]

Dale E. Basye , Bob Dob
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Book Description

May 22, 2012 9 - 12 years4 - 7Heck (Book 5)930L (What's this?)
Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo to Snivel, the circle reserved for crybabies, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck. Snivel is a camp—a bummer camp—a dismal place where it's always raining, and Unhappy Campers are besieged by swarms of strange mosquitoes that suck the color right out of them. Soon the Fausters discover that some Unhappy Campers have been disappearing. So after Marlo gets chosen for a special project and never comes back, Milton makes up his mind to find her and all the missing children.

Can Milton find his sister and get the heck out of Snivel? With the help of some new friends, his pet ferret, and Vincent Van Gogh's ear, he just might have a chance.

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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 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

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heck (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868344
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect kids' series 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Puny, Exciting and Fun 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
All of the heck books are good but this one hit the mark it involves all of your senses wink wink
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Man, I Wish I Hadn't Read This One! September 6, 2012
By S. Fey
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But that's because I can't read it for the first time any more. The teachers in Snivel (where the whiny kids go) are mainly Edgar Allen Poe, but he is working with a behind-the-scenes not so goodie in the person of Nikola Tesla. Tesla has a plot to suck souls straight out of kids before they even get dead, which is actually a no no, but why should he care because he's a genius! (Well, he was, really.) Milton and Marlo Fauster actually have to play inside a video game to defeat this scheme. Meantime, on the surface, written into his own story Dale E Basye sits and has a Gatsby moment next to an artificial gulf in Las Vegas. I can just see it when some of these kids get to high school and they read Fitzgerald, at least a few are going to say, "Damn! Fitzgerald stole that idea from Basye!"

In case you haven't caught on from my tone, Snivel is my favorite circle of Heck to date. And what a ferret, huh?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Give me more Heck! August 17, 2012
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I have to say that the author lives up to the first four books, the story continues to grow on me. I love how he treats everyday kid problems with unusual punishments. This is a first rate series and I enjoy reading them to my granddaughter. I can't wait until the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dale E. Basye never fails to entertain! June 20, 2012
By Brandie
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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