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Dale E. Basye has written stories, screenplays, essays, reviews, and lies for many publications and organizations. He was a film critic, winning several national journalism awards, and published an arts and entertainment newspaper called Tonic. He was also the driving musical force behind a series of bands, very few of which sported names suitable for a respectable Web site. To be perfectly frank (or whoever), if any of those bands had been any good, you would probably be reading this biography on the back of a CD instead. Here's what Dale has to say about his second book: -There is a time where you don't fully know what you have, though there is no lack of models, celebrities, and the inexplicably famous rubbing your face in what you don't have. You'd give anything to have what they have, and that yearning gnaws at you from the inside as if you had swallowed a small, vicious shrew--which, to the best of your knowledge, you haven't. Heck is like that. And no matter what anyone tells you, Heck is real. This story is real. Or as real as anything like this can be.- Dale E. Basye lives in Portland, Oregon, where he must, on a daily basis, wage life-or-death struggles with grizzly bears, nettled beavers, and inconsistent Wi-Fi signals.
Gr 5-8-With her innocent and geeky younger brother Milton having been the first person ever to escape from Heck in the first book of this series, Marlo Fauster, a blue-haired, street-smart, 13-year-old shoplifter is punitively sent to the second circle of Heck, Rapacia. There, greedy dead kids are meant to endure suitable punishment by being torturously tantalized in Mallvana, a sprawling, shimmery showcase containing compelling consumer goodies they're doomed to achingly desire but never possess. As Marlo tries to figure out how to play Heck's ambitious administrators against one another and maximize her position in this underage underworld, Milton, back on the Earth's surface and uncomfortably undead, is trying to figure out how to, as his body and soul degrade, right himself so he can return to Heck to rejoin-and possibly save-his sister. Complete with a touching and instructive ending, this book is the second cornucopia of corny humor and creative characters in a series that seems destined to, Dante-style, drag readers through all nine levels of a hilariously imagined Heck. If so, librarians and parents might want to go along for this boisterous ride over the River Styx and share this series aloud as it unfolds; a good chunk of Basye's witty allusions reference 20th-century pop culture and are bound to tickle adult funny bones even more than they do those of middle-level readers.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.