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School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari
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Jul 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school-books

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. Wellington runs the school on top of a high plateau, the base of which is surrounded by a forest. She is assisted by her faithful, visually impaired servant Schmidty, who is responsible for such things as cooking and applying Mrs. Wellington's makeup. She has 5 pets, 4 cats and 1 bulldog named Macaroni whose companion, Cheese, recently passed away. The chapters are short, and some of the phrasing is so delightful it is arresting. While sophisticated readers will catch on to what is happening in the story, I think most of its target audience will love the surprises.
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