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Wise Acres: The Seventh Circle of Heck [Kindle Edition]

Dale E. Basye , Bob Dob
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Welcome to Wise Acres, where the sassy kids go.
In the seventh installment of Heck, Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo Fauster to Wise Acres, the circle reserved for kids who sass back. In Wise Acres, the cleverest, snarkiest, put-downiest kids debate and trade insults in Spite Club. But the new vice principal, Lewis Carroll, has some curious plans to raise the profile—and the stakes—of the competition. Now a full-fledged War of the Words will be broadcast through the afterlife. The winner will get the heck out of Heck and go straight to heaven. And the loser? Well, the loser goes down . . . all the way down to the real h-e-double-hockey-sticks. And Milton and Marlo are on opposite teams. Can they find a way out of Lewis Carroll’s mad-as-a-hatter scheme? Or is one Fauster about to pay a permanent visit to the Big Guy Downstairs?

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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Author Basye himself dies (of writer’s cramp) and so joins teen protagonists Marlo and Milton Fauster as they discover that mad Vice Principal Lewis Carroll has concocted a scheme to rewrite all of creation using a Tower of Babble. Meanwhile, the Fausters find themselves on rival teams in a reality-game-style War of the Words in the circle of Heck where mouthy kids go and face a string of challenges from a deep sar-chasm to encounters with ravening Where, Who, What, When, and Why Wolves. The series continues to pun-ish readers relentlessly in its seventh episode. Readers will anticipate the eighth circle of Heck. Grades 4-7. --John Peters

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. 

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. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2413 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 030798186X
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPTK576
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Adventure May 24, 2014
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We've been hooked since the first book - read these in order for maximum enjoyment. Heck turns scary things silly and puns into adventure. Since we are short on space, I've had to reduce my books to just a couple of bookcases :-( , and this series is one that earns it's way on a shelf! I buy these for the Kindle too so there's no fighting over who reads it first. These are the ONLY books that we buy in BOTH hard cover and kindle format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series January 19, 2015
By Wendy
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This is a great series. I first read it as an adult, and I enjoyed the dark humor, and the complex plotting. I'd get it for a kid aged 10 or 12 as well, if their reading skills were stronger than average, or for a teenager, one who's past the age to worry about looking "childish" if they read a kids' book.

...I was a little surprised when this wasn't the last book. The series sort of feels like it's winding toward a close in the later books, and I honestly thought this would be the last one. I should have realized that it wouldn't be of course, since it follows Dante pretty closely. His Hell has nine levels, and in this series, one level gets rewritten during the story, and then the kids go through it again. That means we can expect ...what, ten books maybe? It does feel like a series that needs to end though. I want to see the Fauster kids get their happy ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars favorite book so far February 5, 2014
By EllenE
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Can't wait for the next one couldn't put this down!! Great book for anyone to read will not forget this:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loooooove this Circle! January 22, 2014
By Elevine
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My son and I are huge Heck fans and battle for each new book as soon as it arrives. Mama always wins because mama is bigger and can run faster.

As much as I love the wit that Dale E. Basye brings to each of his books, I do have to say though that Wise Acres really goes to new heights, er, depths, of creativity and is perhaps even more fun for adults (my son hasn't had the joy of "Through the Looking Glass") who will understand Mr. Basye's humour and sheer brilliance. I encourage every reader to take this adventure with Milton and Marlo Fauster and their creepy, caustic comrades. If you have a few funkadelic brain cells, you will adore the Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go books, but ESPECIALLY Wise Acres!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the latest in the Heck series. You ... June 29, 2014
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This is the latest in the Heck series. You can tell the author has changed some things in the story from what originally was happening in the earlier books of the series. Didn't care for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punny January 31, 2014
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A funny and inventive book filled with puns that you could only get away with in Heck. Watch out for the pitch sporks.
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More About the Author

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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