Reviews for Precocia : The Sixth Circle of Heck


Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1
Eleven-year-old brainiac Milton Fauster and his sticky-fingered goth sister, Marlo, face new challenges in the circle of Heck where dead, young overachievers go. Along with drawing the terrifying attentions of pitchfork-wielding demons, a fallen angel assassin, B. F. Skinner, Kali the Destroyer (Heck is an equal opportunity afterlife), and more, the two also find themselves at the center of a plot to transform the world of the living into a rigidly controlled, all-adult society in which joy and joking are criminalized. The pacing lags in spots, but Basye's rare gift for silly wordplay continues to animate an unusually "scarylarious" series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
In this sixth parody of purgatory, Milton and Marlo are sent to Precocia, where intelligent children grow up too fast. As kids train to work boring grown-up jobs, Marlo and Milton discover a plot to end childhood and transform the living world into a joyless, all-adult society. The witty wordplay will continue to delight fans of this mildly dark but not-too-scary series.

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VOYA Reviews 2013 April
Milton and Marlo Fauster are in Heck . . . literally. The brother and sister pairing have departed their natural lives and are in a whole new world. The Principal of Darkness, Bea "Elsa" Bubb, sends the duo to Precocia, where children are forced to act, dress, and talk like adults. Going to class is a job, where instructors like Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, B. F. Skinner, and Billy the Kid teach the children how to grow up. Circumstances lead both Milton and Marlo to enter the infirmary, where they begin to suspect vice principals Cleopatra and Napoleon Bonaparte are concocting a plan to eradicate childhood. Milton and Marlo must try to thwart this plan and save all the children of the present and future Basye's sixth offering in the Circles of Heck series does not disappoint. It is loaded with humor, puns, and allusions that will keep readers chuckling, including a Pseiko-Path watch, Smarty Pants (garments so tight that they increase blood flow to the brain), and the Sylla-Bus that carries the students from place to place while they have class--because who has time to transition when you can receive instruction while on the move? Even someone who has not read the first books in the series can pick up the sixth book and have fun, although reading the previous books will certainly help to understand some of the references in the text. This is a solid addition for early adolescent collections.--Dawn Talbott 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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