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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Heck (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reissue edition (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307981886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307981882
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Wendy on January 19, 2015
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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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It might be.

Wise Acres is the seventh circle (sixth if you don’t count the one that the kids destroyed in the last installment) of Heck, the place where Bad Kids go until they redeem themselves or turn 18, whichever comes first. If you haven’t read any of them, it’s like middle school, but not quite as grim. The Vice Principal of Wise Acres is none other than Lewis Carroll, and we also meet Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker among others. Dale E. Bayse wrote himself into the story again (he dies of writers’ cramp) and explains exactly how his name is pronounced. It just happens (ahem) to be exactly how I was pronouncing it anyway. It ain’t rocket science, folks! Anyway, Marlo and Milton Fauster (yes, newbie, those are their names) are back, forced to face each other in a debate after which the winner goes all the way upstairs and the loser goes straight to H-e-double-hockeysticks. Which is where, by the way, Dale E. Basye is no doubt going due to the sheer volume of groan worthy puns in this book. I just love groan worthy puns, so on that basis alone I thought this book was great! And you learn things in this book, too. Like two very powerful worlds that can ruin the most devious evil scheme. What are they? Guys, I’m trying to get you to buy this thing, not give it away.

NOW, DO NOT LET THE KID YOU’RE PLANNING TO BUY THIS BOOK FOR READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH. OKAY? I MEAN IT! DO NOT SHOW THEM THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!

Like many a good book, you can learn a lot from this one. A lot about grammar, punctuation and even spelling, in fact. Like any artist, the author doesn’t always follow the rules. It wouldn’t be art if he did. But he sure knows them.
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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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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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By June on 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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This book is a okay book, with lots of mind-scrabbling word challenges. all the characters seem to be good with words.
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