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School of Fear (School of Fear #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  7,283 Ratings  ·  736 Reviews
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. Which is why this may be the scariest summer of their lives. Worse than detention or summer school. Worse even than the dentist. The foursome must face their phobias head-o ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by ATOM (first published March 9th 1999)
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Reading Vacation

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 convivial curmudgeon
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
Jun 10, 2012 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
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j, funny, mystery, creepyish
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Jul 20, 2009 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
Eslem ~periodiclibrary
çocuk kitabı olduğu için biraz daha eğlenceli olur sanmışdım pek olmadı. ayrıca arka kapaktaki tanıtım da insanda yanlış bir beklenti uyandırıyor. umduğum gibi öğretmenleri, öğrencileri olan bir korkuları yenmek üzere bir eğitim veren okulda geçseydi daha eğlenceli olurdu.
her bölüm başında bir fobiyi tanımlaması ve karakterlerin zekice işlenişini beğendim ama bunlar da korku okulu'na gelecekteki sınıf kitaplığımda olma şerefini kazandıramadı ne yazık ki.
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 18, 2014 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
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Co mogę więcej powiedzieć, oprócz tego, że ta książka jest po prostu genialna?
Cristina Boncea
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lulu, Madeline, Garrison și Theo sunt patru copii, cu vârste între 12 și 13 ani care suferă de următoarele fobii: Lulu este claustrofobă, lui Madeline îi e teamă de insecte, lui Garrison de apă iar lui Theo de moarte și în general de lucruri periculoase.
Ei ajung la Școala Fricoșilor unde o întâlnesc pe doamna Wellington, o femeie care consideră că viața este un concurs de frumusețe.
Cei patru ajung să o creadă nebună și abia așteaptă să scape de cursurile din groaznica clădire învechită
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very interesting and I liked it very much. I liked how is was funny and creative and unique. It showed all the characters thoughts. It did, although, have some more dull parts that made you just want to skim through to get to the interesting part. I really enjoyed how they described the characters and made them very unique. It is definitely one of the more unique books I have read, and I like that. I have read the second book, and (Spoiler-ish) (not really) in my opinion, it is a li ...more
Jan 13, 2013 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
Humorous, well written, twisty novel that left me wanting another semester!
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked this book in its oddness. It had an anti-trope feel in its setting, perhaps 'noir'? not sure what that genre is, similar to Series of Unfortunate Events. It was over-the-top in just about everything except the fears, from the parents' indulgence and inconvenience to settings and the school itself. A bit of a disservice but kept everything on the same canvas. Despite being about getting rid of fears, and how they can be normalized or problematic, I did not get the sense they were at all b ...more
Eileen W
We got this from our neighborhood Little Lending Library (those are so fun!). I read it out loud to some of my kids, ages 12-6. They enjoyed it.
Quincy Sorrentino
I thought that the book was interesting but the story I could see from about halfway through the book.
Feb 05, 2015 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
Jan 15, 2015 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
Oct 24, 2015 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
The Lost Lola
Jul 27, 2009 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
Daveisha Thomas
Title: School of Fear
Author: Gitty Daneshvari

This book was about 4 kids Madeleine Masterson, Theodore Bartholomew, Lulu Punchalow, and Garrison. Every one is afraid of something. School of Fear is to help them overcome their fears. But when their peculiar teacher Mrs.Wellington and her unconventional teaching methods turn out to be more frightening then ever. Their fears the four some realize that this just may be the scariest summer of their lives.

I gave this book a 3 stars because. I liked the
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kira M for

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
Feb 03, 2013 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
Jun 03, 2012 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
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 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

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
Aug 31, 2009 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
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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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“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.” 6 likes
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