School of Fear

School of Fear

eBook - 2009
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Twelve-year-olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, and thirteen-year-old Garrison, are sent to a remote Massachusetts school to overcome their phobias, but tragedy strikes and the quartet must work together--with no adult assistance--to face their fears.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316071178
Characteristics: 1 online resource (339 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Gifford, Carrie - Illustrator


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Sep 15, 2020

Everyone’s afraid of something. Four kids: Madeleine, Theodore, Lucy, and Garrison, sacrifice their summers when they are sent to the mysterious School of Fear run by the eccentric Mrs. Wellington and her uncanny assistant, Schmidty. The kids are sent to overcome their irrational fear of bugs, death, confinement, and water respectively; however, Mrs. Wellington’s methods of teaching are less than helpful. Soon enough, when disaster strikes, the four kids are tested when they are stuck with each other in need of escaping an evil man called Munchauser, with no easy contact with the outside world. Escaping turns into a smaller problem though, when their fears start to crawl up in their path.

I very much enjoyed reading the School of Fear, especially because of the engaging characters. The weird tactics Mrs.Wellington uses to teach the students (which is mainly how to compete in a beauty pageant), Madeleine’s over exemplified alertness, Theodore’s million facts about death, Lucy’s sarcastic remarks, and Garrison’s wannabe cool factor are a hilarious mix of personalities and perspectives. Though hard to relate to, the characters are loveable, and they keep the story intriguing and thrilling when their fears keep turning up. Also, the emotions conjured up by the School of Fear make it worthwhile to read. Some situations were lighthearted and funny, while others were hopeless and pitiful, which provoke a great sense of catharsis in the reader. This book is not as scary as it is thrilling, because each chapter leaves the reader thinking, “What comes next?". I would definitely recommend this book to readers looking for their next best pick!


School of Fear is the first book in the series with the same name as the novel. Four unique children all possess four different irrational fears that severely compromise their lives. Their only hope is the School of Fear, a strange, secretive summer camp run by Mrs. Wellington, an eccentric former beauty queen. As the days pass, Madison, Lulu, Garrison, and Theo all wish to escape this strange mansion in the woods. But when, Mrs. Wellington suddenly dies, they must learn to face their fears before the evil Munchauser can destroy the school forever. I recommend this book to all children because it was very funny and light. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because the characters are so unique and there is not a single boring part in this novel. Catherine P., grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Oct 23, 2016

This one wasn't really worth the time. Yes, it was funny in some parts, but it felt ... clunky, I guess. Some authors are masters with words, and others, well, every word seems just a little off. For me, I thought it was a good concept, but the extreme characters and the unwieldy narration made it difficult to enjoy.

JCLChrisK Nov 03, 2014

This was good. I can't say that it wasn't, and need to make that clear up front; but my overwhelming feeling the entire time I was reading it was that it was falling short of its potential. It tried to be quirky and absurd and funny and always made moves in those directions, it just never quite reached any of them definitively. And the ending was way too predictable. So I liked it, I just liked the book it intended to be ever so much more, which left me feeling disappointed.

Oct 17, 2013

Really weird......................!!!

Lexxis Jun 24, 2013

It was a great book. Fun to read and full of irony.


this was awesome!!!! I learned stuff!

Nov 08, 2012

love this book it also tells you the name of a phobia at the beginning of each chapter

Mar 18, 2012

I'm loving this book so far. Lulu is my favorite Character, and the part when she gets her hand cuffs and attaches herself to the plane. Astonishing....... I recommend this book to many people. its wonderful! :D I have Didaskaleinophobia Hahah you'll know what i means when you read this Astounding novel.

BPLNextBestKids Jan 10, 2012

This is a second book in the School of Fear series. Everyone is afraid of something. This summer, Madeline, Theodore, Lulu and Garrison have to again attend the School of Fear to conquer their extreme phobias. Madeline is deadly afraid of bugs, especially spiders. Theodore is petrified of dying. Lulu is scared of confined spaces. Garrison is terrified of deep water. Facing their fears is terrifying and the four students are joined by fifth student Hyhy and things starts to get even crazier. Children have to work together to save the school from a newspaper reporter with an agenda. The plot is unique and fun to read. Readers who like A Series of Unfortunate Events, fantasy, and over the top villains will enjoy this book!
Reviewed by BP staff JP

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"Abernathy," Schmidty mumbled in shock. "He isn't ready for the full Today experience, so no questions, guys," Hyacinth said, holding Abernathy's hand. "But he really loves music, especially my voice! We're even starting a band. We're still playing around with names, but we're thinking it's best to keep it simple: A Girl, a Guy, and a Ferret. We've even started writing our first song. It's called 'Don't Be Jealous of My Ferret.'"


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