WHEN MILTON AND Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home-ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the Pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn 18, whichever comes first?
In his uproarious send-up of all things purgatorial, debut novelist Basye gives readers a new lease on afterlifes. Milton, a blameless 11-year-old bookworm, and his blue-haired, thirteen-going-on-thirty-year-old sister, Marlo, are at the Mall of Generica (in Generica, Kans.), when they meet their demise in a ludicrous accident (Milton's nemesis plants a stick of dynamite in a 20-foot-tall statue made from marshmallow: Smoke, noise, and burning marshmallow fused together to create a sickeningly sweet moment, one that was both ridiculously tragic and tragically ridiculous ). Unfortunately, Marlo has been shoplifting and stashed her goods in Milton's gear, so both get sent to Heck a hell for the under-18 demographic. Never mind that Milton is technically innocent: The devil's in the details, snaps Heck's principal, Bea Elsa Bubb. After a series of ill-fated yet deliciously documented attempts to escape, one sibling succeeds in returning from the Underworld, but the finale is almost beside the point. The author's umpteen clever allusions characters' eternal fates are decided by standardized Soul Aptitude Tests ; Mr. R. Nixon teaches ethics to evildoers in room 1972 make this book truly sparkle. Ages 9 12.
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Good but confusing
It was a great book... But confusing. I would recommend it to people that enjoy a funny but confusing book.
This book was really weird. I had to read this book for school and i ended up, liking it not loving it but liking it.