School of Fear

Something is fraid of omething ...

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 relativel few options left, the children 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 e more horrifi than even their fears, the foursome realize that this just may be the scariest summer of their lives.
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School of Fear
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Published September 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published March 9th 1999

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I personally wished they had played up on the actual fears though, as it seemed they were rather untouched throughout the entirety of thi book.The style and illustrations heavily reminded me of The Benedict Society.

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As a kid, I hought myself very unusual for not liking typically kid-beloved things ( clowns, balloons).

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It is truly one of the more unusua books I have read, and I like thi.

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Eccentric former beauty pagent contestant, Mrs. Wellington runs the school on top of a high plateau, the base of which is surrounded by th forest.

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I pretend to make it 2.5 stars.I do think people between 7 and 11 would really adore the book, ages 12 to 18 maybe less so.

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At irst the children and their feeling were pretty fu.

The kids are also from upper-middle to upper class upbringings, so it ’ s obvious they ’ re all a little spoiled as well.

Kids o to a secret school at the top of a secluded mountain to conquer their fears?

It ’ s a nice twist, until it ’ s bvious that the hildren are not learning anything, and he ‘ lessons ’ lack even the most remote connection to their ears.

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