Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck by Dale E Basye
Don't be crying, whining or sniveling; you'll end up in Heck!
Random House Books for Kids sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It will be published in hardcover on May 22nd. Make yourself a note to pick up a copy.
This is the 5th in this series and the first I have read. Based on this book, I'd suggest getting the others in the series to read first. You can read this alone, but I know I missed some references in the story because I didn't know what they meant. (If you can't afford them, check with your library.)
Mr. Basye grabs you by the hand and hauls you into the Fifth Circle of Heck. (It's pretty darn close to Hell, it seems to me.) Marlo and Milton get separated; the goal at this level is to survive a LIVE video game; and Milton keeps losing his ferret.
Heck is not a nice to be. It's really depressing, you're tired all the time, and the other game players are trying to kill you! Milton is having a "heck" of a time trying to keep his team alive.
In the meantime, Marlo has been taken to where all the missing children are held and is made into a ghost who can travel to the surface and see her boyfriend and even her family.
Will they ever get back together again? Is there any hope of getting out of Heck? You'll have to read the book to see. It's full of action, weird stuff, and other interesting premises. This author had fun with this book! Your young ones will be engrossed with this series. Why not get a copy and share it with them?
If you'd like my ARC, leave a comment here on the blog and email me your name and address for mailing as well as a comment on why you'd like to have the book. I'll pick a winner in about a week.