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 MastThis 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. Throughout the course of the semester, meet a cast a peculiar characters, including a pajama wearing dog named Macaroni, and discover that the school has some interesting secrets to hide.
Overall, both the writing and the story were good, I had the pleasure of meeting the author at Comic Con, and she was very friendly and enthusiastic about her new book. The characters are well developed (even Macaroni!) and have good chemistry, which is always a plus for me. I only gave this 4/5 stars because the plot was a little bizarre up until the end when it all comes together, which I think may be a turn off for some people. I'm not sure if there's going to be a continuation of the series, but fans of gothic style comedy should enjoy this one....more
Jason feels his life falling apart. His dad is an alcoholic, his mom is always away on business, and he just found out**spoiler alert** Story *** 2/5
Jason feels his life falling apart. His dad is an alcoholic, his mom is always away on business, and he just found out that his senile grandmother has passed away. Now he has to spend his vacation in Florida with his father, getting ready for her funeral and getting her house ready to sell.
At his grandmother's funeral, Jason notices the strange characters that he's never met before, but who apparently all know his grandmother. After which, he suspects he is being followed by the same weird people.
While cleaning up his grandmother's house, he finds a mysterious postcard that has clues leading to the Hotel DeSoto, a nearby hotel getting ready for demolition in preparation for a shopping mall.
Characters *** 2/5
Agnes Monroe Huff (Marnie Blaine)- Jason's grandmother. She met Nick Falcon when they were both young, and fell in love. She was injured after the flying accident with her father, who kept her locked away from Nick Falcon. Dia- Emerson Beale (Nick Falcon) Jason