Precocia: The Sixth Circle of Heck

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Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo to Precocia, the circle reserved for kids who grow up too fast, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck.

When Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness, tells Milton and Marlo Fauster they've gotten too big for their britches, she sends them to Precocia, the circle of Heck for smartypants kids who grow up too fast. There, the children learn adult jobs. William the Kid teaches bill collection. Mozart teaches commercial jingles. And all ...

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Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo to Precocia, the circle reserved for kids who grow up too fast, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck.

When Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness, tells Milton and Marlo Fauster they've gotten too big for their britches, she sends them to Precocia, the circle of Heck for smartypants kids who grow up too fast. There, the children learn adult jobs. William the Kid teaches bill collection. Mozart teaches commercial jingles. And all the students are forced to act, dress, and talk like little adults. Soon, the Fausters realize that Precocia's vice principals Napoleon and Cleopatra want more than to hasten adulthood—they seem to want to eliminate childhood altogether. Can Milton and Marlo figure out their plan in time to stop it?

Heck is a school in the afterlife where bad kids go for all eternity, or until they turn eighteen, whichever comes first. As in Dante's Inferno, there are nine circles of Heck, based on kids' various vices. 

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VOYA - Dawn Talbott
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. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375968358
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Heck Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,334,665
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Basye

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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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    I have the first Heck book and I didn¿t even know there were a t

    I have the first Heck book and I didn’t even know there were a total of six of them! I am in shock and so super excited to go back now and read them all!
    “So life is like shampoo and death is the conditioner.” Marlo whispered to the girl next to her.
    Milton and Marlo are still up to no good and this time it lands them at Precocia, the circle of Heck where they send kids, just like them, who have grown up too fast. In Precocia, they are expected to dress, talk, and act like little grown-ups and their vice principals, Napoleon and Cleopatra (not joking) would see childhood totally gone anyways. The kids just have to find a way to escape and not drown or get eaten by the  giant squid underneath Precocia. Once out, where will they go and what will they do?

    I don’t want to give too much away about this book because everything that Milton and Marlo do is what keeps you reading. Their adventures together and close calls bring so much adventure and this book truly is really hard to put down.
    *You can view the original review at City Book Review

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