School of Fear

by Daneshvari, Gitty.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Everyone is afraid of something...

Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs, especially spiders.

Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying.

Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces.

Garrison Feldman is terrified of deep water.

With very few options left, the parents of these four twelve year-olds send them to the highly elusive and exclusive School of Fear to help them overcome their phobias. But when their peculiar teacher, Mrs. Wellington, and her unconventional teaching methods turn out to be more frightening than even their fears, the foursome realize that this just may be the scariest summer of their lives.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although it starts out shakily as it flatfootedly introduces the four incoming students of the mysterious School of Fear, Daneshvari's debut children's book gains momentum as the school's headmistress unleashes her wildly unconventional curriculum, designed to help children overcome their phobias. Like Willy Wonka, Mrs. Wellington is an eccentric and highly suspect leader; she seems to disdain her charges and their petty fears. The fears are not small to the four kids though Madeleine is petrified of spiders and insects, Theo can't bear the thought of death, Lulu hates confined spaces, and Garrison, the group's jock, dreads even the sight of deep water. Each chapter opens with Everyone's Afraid of Something, followed by a definition of a phobia, reminding readers of the school's mission and the characters' challenges, yet sometimes the details and plot developments seem haphazardly dispensed. Ultimately the unnerved students unite as a team and take part in a heroic, character-building, fear-slaying attempt to right a notorious wrong. Gifford's illustrations impart a fitting, neo-Charles Addams vibe.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Imagine a humorous middle-grade novel by a less self-absorbed Woody Allen to get an idea of this intelligent and witty children's debut. Daneshvari assembles a precocious cast of 12- and 13-year-olds with outsize fears, including Madeleine, whose obsessive fear of insects keeps her drenched in bug repellant; Theo, "the most dramatic, hysterical, and neurotic boy in the borough of Manhattan"; brazen Lulu, with crippling claustrophobia; and hydrophobic Garrison. Desperate families entrust these kids to Mrs. Wellington, the snarky "deranged beauty queen" of a headmistress at the secretive and fairly terrifying School of Fear ("Perhaps when the summer is finished you'll write a letter to the board of camps to complain," Mrs. Wellington tells the children when they learn they are the sole campers. "And please do not let the board's hypothetical status deter you"). What ensues is tautly paced, spine-tingling and quite funny, as the children overcome their fears and learn to work as a team. The ending proves as clever as the premise and shows that while everyone is afraid of something, tremendous achievements can be won by facing fear head-on. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Phobias -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Phobias -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Self-actualization -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Little, Brown,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Gifford, Carrie.
Language English
Description 339 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780316033268
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