sotomayor, August 19, 2008 (view all comments by sotomayor)
I am actually the Principal at Heck..... L. Thomas Heck Middle School to be exact!
The school, which will open for the 2009-2010 school year, was named after our recently retired superintendent, Dr. Heck. The school is located just outside of Phoenix, AZ in Litchfield Park Arizona.
We all were very excited and have had a lot of fun with the release of this book, and it's premise. While the staff isn't as "colorful" as the one in the book, they do share the same desire to teach what they know.
Hopefully there will be more "happenings" from Heck to share with my staff and students at Heck.
Principal, Heck Middle School
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aleecat, July 28, 2008 (view all comments by aleecat)
This is a great book! The sly attacks on society and the great use of historical characters make it fun for adults and spurs great conversation between kids and parents. My daughter is in the midst of reading it and she is thoroughly enjoying it. Next summer is a long time to wait for the next book!
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Random House Books for Young Readers -
by Richard C.,
In this fun read about a reform school where "darned" kids go until they turn 18, two great characters plan their escape from Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. Tweens will love the clever wordplay and smattering of gross humor.
by Richard C.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Humorous chapter titles, sly banter between characters and a richly imagined world ought to make this a hit for the intended audience. In tribute to old Blackbeard, who puts the 'scurvy dogs' to work in one scene, rate this 'Arrrrrgh.'"
After Milton and Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they are 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?
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 doesnt 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?
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