Wednesday, January 06, 2010


SCHOOL OF FEAR, by Gitty Daneshvari (Little Brown 2009)(8-12). Lulu is claustrophobic. Madeleine is arachnophobic. Garrison is aquaphobic. And Theo is thanatophobic.

Each has embarrassed his parents once too often. So they're being sent away for the summer to the remote and secretive School of Fear, where Mrs. Wellington has an excellent track record of helping children overcome their phobias. At least, that's the story. But when the kids arrive at the School, all is not as they expect. Can they overcome their fears to help each other survive?

Zany, engaging, and occasionally gross, SCHOOL OF FEAR will appeal even to those who are bibliophobic.

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