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School of Fear (School of Fear #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,274 Ratings  ·  641 Reviews
For the first time--maybe ever--Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison are not looking forward to the start of summer, and three little words are to blame: School of Fear. In what they're sure will be the longest and most terrifying six weeks of their lives, the foursome must face their phobias head-on as students of the exclusive and elusive school. There's no homework or ex ...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published March 9th 1999)
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Aug 09, 2013 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genial este libro, fantástico para los más chicos y una delicia para los grandes, ¡tanto sarcasmo! **

La trama es muy predecible, pero es perfecto para el publico al que está orientado y se disfruta mucho a cualquier edad.

Me divertí mucho leyéndolo, es una lectura de lo más agradable (ok, por momentos no tanto, hay cosas MUY asquerosas xD) y me hizo reír como loca.

Si Tim Burton hiciera una película de esto, la primera en la cola del cine sería yo, lo garantizo :P
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I can describe School of Fear in one word….wait for it….QUIRKY! I bet you thought I was going to say spooky or scary or phobias or fearful. It has those too, but it’s mostly quirky. And I really like quirky.

The four main characters are children with serious phobias. So serious, in fact, that their parents have sent them to the School of Fear to be cured. My favorite character was Madeleine She was smart and soft-spoken, but she also had a major fear of bugs – especially spiders. I can rela
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
This came to my attention when it got mentioned in a group I'm in, and it looked like something I might like. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work for me.

It starts by introducing us - at length - to the four main characters and their fears. First we see them individually, and then as they start to come together. But this extended intro doesn't really add anything new, it's just the same sort of introductions to their phobia-induced quirks over and over again.

We finally get to the school and meet
Jul 20, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny, offbeat book for middle grade students with an intriguing premise: four 12-year-olds go to the School of Fear one summer to overcome their phobias. Madeleine Masterson comes from England with a fear of bugs and spiders; Theodore Bartholomew is afraid of dying (and endearingly annoying); Lulu Punchalower is claustrophobic and mean; and Garrison Feldman, athlete extraordinaire, from Miami is afraid of large bodies of water. Eccentric former beauty pagent contestant, Mrs. Wellingto ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Raina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, funny, mystery, creepyish
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Jun 10, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
For me, the best part of this book was the page before each new chapter where the author gave the name and basic description of different fears. The characters were annoying. The plot was predictable.

I'll end up using it in my second grade classroom to show students that even as an adult, sometimes we have to sound out l-o-n-g words (the different phobias).

Since that was my favorite part, I'll put those in here to save you the time from reading the rest of the book yourself...

Mottephobia is the
Paul Eckert
School of Fear is the story of four kids trying to conquer their fears by enrolling in an exclusive, hush-hush summer program in Massachusetts called…the School of Fear. The only way to attend is by getting a recommendation from a therapist who is in the know about the school. Everyone who knows about it swears by its results.

The four kids in question are Theo, who is afraid of dying, Madeline who is afraid of spiders and insects, Lulu who is claustrophobic and afraid of heights, and Garrison,
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Feb 23, 2014 Kori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had this book in one of my piles for a while now, as my mom picked it up because it looked interesting.

While it was indeed interesting, and had a fun concept, it was predictable, in my opinion, and I didn't find it a new plot line. I personally wished they had played up on the actual fears though, as it seemed they were rather untouched throughout the entirety of the book.

The style and illustrations heavily reminded me of The Benedict Society. It was similar in ways, though I feel School of F
Jan 14, 2013 Karina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cumplió el propósito que debe tener cualquier libro que es divertirme y entretenerme. Es un libro muy bueno para los niños aunque también podemos leerlo aquellos que ya no somos tan niños. Mi personaje favorito sin duda es Madeleine y su educada forma de hablar. Lo más interesante es que creo que el libro tiene algo de razón la única forma de superar una fobia o un miedo es enfrentando se a el de manera inconsciente y cuando te das cuenta que lo superaste y que sigues vivo puede disminuir un poc ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Shadow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you cross The Mysterious Benedict Society with the movie "Sunset Boulevard," adding the concept of a school for overcoming fears, you might have a good idea about School of Fear.

Now, there is a definite similarity to The Mysterious Benedict Society in the quirky and humorous writing style, in the strange and implausibly designed world, and in the population of peculiar and eccentric characters. School of Fear lacks a certain coziness that The Mysterious Benedict Society holds, as one might gu
Anita Nyberg
In "School of Fear" by Gitty Daneshvari, Madeleine, Lulu, Theo, and Garrison all have intense, irrational fears. They are sent to the secretive, exclusive School of Fear summer camp to receive help to get over their phobias. However, something goes wrong and the four preteens have to work together and face their fears, with no adults, to do the right thing. But all along, it was just the teacher, Mrs. Wellington, tricking them so they would get over their fears. I thought this book was really ad ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Mika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was about a group of kids that all have major phobias of something. One character I could relate to was Madeline, who had a fear of bugs, and I wouldn't blame her, bugs are very scary! The phobias of these kids are bad. So bad that their parents sent them away for the summer to cure them.

I love this book because its quirky and fun. The book had me laughing at Mrs.Wellington's teaching methods. They sounded unusual. The book itself is a really good one and it was a

Humorous, well written, twisty novel that left me wanting another semester!
May 06, 2016 Dinah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked:
-The story was OK. (I wasn't that interested in it.)
-The author would put the name of the fear then, define what the fear was.
What I didn't like:
-So many details not needed. (Could've been simplified by a lot.)
-Didn't hook me at all. (I only read this book for the sake of A.R.)
I would probably read the 3rd book. I thought the 2nd book was good. The 1st was kind of boring. (I read the books out of order... I read the 2nd one first.)

This book is basically about 4 kids with fe
Feb 05, 2015 2017elizab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What are you afraid of?
It may be spiders, death, confined spaces, or even large areas of water?
Whatever it is just remember, everyone is afraid of something.

The cover and name of School of Fear, by Gitty Daneshvari, makes the book look scary and serious. But before I was finished with the first page I knew it was a carefree, silly book. There is a wide range of characters from the normal, sports loving Garrison Feldman to the odd, brainiac Madeleine Masterson.

Meet the thoughtful, strange Madel
Feb 03, 2013 Nicks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am twelve years old, like the children character's in the book, i found this book to be very immature. I liked it though. One word you could use to describe this book is predictable. When the children went on an adventure (won't put spoilers in here), I had already guessed the ending. And I was right. It didn't come as a surprise to me when what I figured out/ guessed happened. It was okay overall. Coming from one pre-teen to another, this book is definietly for ten years and under. I t ...more
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Sep 12, 2009 The Lost Lola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Series of Unfortunate Events"
This is a fun and quirky book about a group of kids from different backgrounds who all have one thing in common- they all have phobias. Madeleine Masterson is afraid of bugs, Theodore Bartholomew is afraid of dying, Lulu Punchalower is afraid of confined spaces, and Garrison Feldman is afraid of deep water. Each child recieves an mysterious invitation to attend the eccentric ex-beauty queen Mrs. Wellington's School of Fear, where they must conquer their phobias in the most unusual ways. Througho ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Do you have any irrational fears? Do you wish to get rid of them?

This summer, four twelve year olds - Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison - will be forced by their parents to go to the School of Fear and see if they can do just that.

This elite, private boarding school is full of gloominess and lanterns that hang from rusty old chains. The inhabitants spend endless hours of learning proper smiling and waving with their former beauty pageant contestant princi
Jun 03, 2012 Sadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine Masterson, Garrison Feldman, Lulu Punchalower, and Theo Bartholomew are all completely petrified of one thing after another and fear is ruining their lives. That is until the fearsome foursome meet Mrs. Wellington, the psychopathic woman who is vain, insane, and possibly the only solution for fear this world has ever known. Schmidty, the kindly yet blind and obese house keeper, Macaroni, the lovable bulldog, and their phobias are the only things keeping them at Summer Stone, Mrs. Welli ...more
This book is about four kids with catastrophic fears go to a training school, hoping that they get over them. I don't really like this book because a it takes so long to get to the point. I'm half way threw and they still aren't at the school. All the kids are scared to go because they don't know what it is going to be like. I remember when it was my first day of kindergarten, I was nervous that I would go to the principals office and get in trouble. My friends were nervous too, but we all walke ...more
Ana Moreno
I really liked the book. It told about four kids who have extreme phobias and went to a school to overcome their phobias.
Sep 04, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very easy read. It was similar to some of Lemony Snicket's stuff, but it was less depressing than Snicket's writings. It was an interesting story and at the beginning of each chapter there was the name of a phobia and what it meant. I enjoy learning words that are uncommon, so this made the book more enjoyable. I felt it ended abruptly. This might have been because, supposedly this is only the first book in a 4 or 5 book series. I would be willing to read the next one. If you enjoyed ...more
Thuy Anh
Quite an interesting book!!
I bought this years ago but haven't read it until recently, so I couldn't blame anyone that the plot is too simple for me now. But I'll gladly give it to my teenage cousins. Anyway it was an easy but humorous read.^^
Also, I didn't know that this book has so many SAT words. It was fun reviewing those new words while reading this book XD
Feb 13, 2014 Mikaila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
School of Fear is about four young kids who have "Big Fears" .Madeleine,Garrison,Lulu, and Theo all meet at one point of the book.The children are waiting to see what horrid place they will see very soon.What fear's do they have?Wait and see in the book "School of Fear".
I like this book because I have some fears that are in this book.i rate this book 4 stars.This is not a scary book if you were wondering.If you like funny and "scary" books then read School of Fear.I reccomend this book to Mrs.Sp
Olive Ward
School of Fear is an odd (in the good way) trilogy by Gitty Daneshvari. It is about four kids (and later, five) who all have life-altering phobias. Garrison Feldman (12-14) is afraid of large bodies of water (the ocean, lakes, pools, etc.), which is kind of ironic, considering he lives in Miami, Florida. He sweats when he thinks about the ocean, and occasionally faints when he sees lakes or larger bodies of water. Next in line: Lucy “Lulu” Punchalower (12-14). She is afraid of confined spaces (e ...more

You should read “School of Fear” by Gitty Daneshvari because it has interesting characters, a great theme, a cool plot, a unique setting, and it always leaves you in suspense.

One of the many reasons I love this book is because of its interesting characters. Theo, Maddie, Lulu, and Garrison all have very different personalities. For example; Garrison is 13 and is a “local celebrity at his school”(59). Lulu is described as mean and is “a bit of a rebel”(34)

Maddie is very nice, and she is sensitiv
Dec 18, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first decided to read School of Fear, I was a little cautious because of the title, but the book was the complete opposite! Gitty Daneshvari, the author, brilliantly wrote the book, and it is one of my favorites for many reasons.
A realistic fiction, the novel begins as four teenagers are drafted to come to School of Fear because of their out of control phobias. As the book develops, you learn more about the backgrounds of the "contestants": Madeline, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison. School of Fe
This was so sweet and so much fun. A cross between Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman with a twist of Lemony Snicket. While the story is set in America, there is something very English about the precise, descriptive writing and the sense of humor. If you are trying to boost your child's vocabulary, I highly recommend this one. Oh! and I almost forgot to mention the illustrations -- those made the book for me!
May 22, 2009 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading the galley. It could just be me but I lost interest in the middle. I say it could just be me because I put the book down at some point and with me that's the kiss of death. I had really enjoyed the beginning though so I picked it up this morning and basically read the last few chapters. This book is filled with some odd characters and scenarios, some of which are really really funny. I think I will give it to a kid and see what they have to say.
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Gitty Daneshvari was born in Los Angeles to an Iranian father and an American mother. As a child she talked incessantly, feeling the need to comment on everything around her. While at first charmed by her verbose nature, her family soon tired of the constant commenting. This is how she found writing — it was better than talking since she didn't even need anyone else to do it with.

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“Thoughts of mischief frolicked through nineteen of the twenty girls minds.” 10 likes
“Madeleine was enraptured by Garrison's tan complexion, which greatly differed from the pale boys of London. It wasn't actually the boys' fault, as the whole of the United Kingdom was under a cloud for much of the year. But at that moment, Madeleine decided that boys, like bread, were better toasted.” 4 likes
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