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Everyone is afraid of something...

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.

With very few options left, the parents of these four twelve year-olds send them to the highly elusive and exclusive School of Fear to help them overcome their phobias. But when their peculiar teacher, Mrs. Wellington, and her unconventional teaching methods turn out to be more frightening than even their fears, the foursome realize that this just may be the scariest summer of their lives.

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"Imagine a humorous middle-grade novel by a less self-absorbed Woody Allen to get an idea of this intelligent and witty children's debut. Daneshvari assembles a precocious cast of 12- and 13-year-olds with outsize fears, including Madeleine, whose obsessive fear of insects keeps her drenched in bug repellant; Theo, 'the most dramatic, hysterical, and neurotic boy in the borough of Manhattan'; brazen Lulu, with crippling claustrophobia; and hydrophobic Garrison. Desperate families entrust these kids to Mrs. Wellington, the snarky 'deranged beauty queen' of a headmistress at the secretive and fairly terrifying School of Fear ('Perhaps when the summer is finished you'll write a letter to the board of camps to complain,' Mrs. Wellington tells the children when they learn they are the sole campers. 'And please do not let the board's hypothetical status deter you'). What ensues is tautly paced, spine-tingling and quite funny, as the children overcome their fears and learn to work as a team. The ending proves as clever as the premise and shows that while everyone is afraid of something, tremendous achievements can be won by facing fear head-on. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs. Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying. Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces. Garrison Feldman is terrified of deep water. So their parents send them to the highly elusive and exclusive School of Fear to help them overcome their phobias. Illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316033268
Author:
Daneshvari, Gitty
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.70x1.00 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 352 pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316033268 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Imagine a humorous middle-grade novel by a less self-absorbed Woody Allen to get an idea of this intelligent and witty children's debut. Daneshvari assembles a precocious cast of 12- and 13-year-olds with outsize fears, including Madeleine, whose obsessive fear of insects keeps her drenched in bug repellant; Theo, 'the most dramatic, hysterical, and neurotic boy in the borough of Manhattan'; brazen Lulu, with crippling claustrophobia; and hydrophobic Garrison. Desperate families entrust these kids to Mrs. Wellington, the snarky 'deranged beauty queen' of a headmistress at the secretive and fairly terrifying School of Fear ('Perhaps when the summer is finished you'll write a letter to the board of camps to complain,' Mrs. Wellington tells the children when they learn they are the sole campers. 'And please do not let the board's hypothetical status deter you'). What ensues is tautly paced, spine-tingling and quite funny, as the children overcome their fears and learn to work as a team. The ending proves as clever as the premise and shows that while everyone is afraid of something, tremendous achievements can be won by facing fear head-on. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs. Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying. Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces. Garrison Feldman is terrified of deep water. So their parents send them to the highly elusive and exclusive School of Fear to help them overcome their phobias. Illustrations.
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