What are YOU afraid of?

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Lulu is deathly afraid of small spaces. Garrison is deathly afraid of water. Madeleine is deathly afraid of all bugs. Theo is deathly afraid of…..death.

Lulu is deathly afraid of small spaces. Garrison is deathly afraid of water. Madeleine is deathly afraid of all bugs. Theo is deathly afraid of…..death. These four kids need a solution to help them conquer their fears-fast! That's why their parents send them to the very secret, never spoken of, School of Fear. The school is owned, taught, and run by the highly secretive and mysterious Mrs. Wellington.

 

The four twelve, or, in Garrison's case, thirteen, year-olds travel to the middle-of-nowhere school. They are stopped at a bus station, where the town sheriff drives them to a large mansion. The large mansion is far from the town, and to get there you must go through a huge, dark, water-bug-small space-death filled forest. The forest is known as Lost Forest, because no one who enters ever returns.

 

Only two people, four cats, and one fat bull dog live at the school. Schmidty, the "caretaker" is a deaf old man with much too long hair. Mrs.Wellington is a bit of a nutjob. She filled the mansion with pictures of a younger self, back when she was a supermodel. She continues the charade, however, constantly repeating "a beauty queen is always prepared". She gives the kids day-long classes on smiling and waving, while other days she keeps them in the Fearnasium, imagining their fears.

 

None of the kids feel she's helping; and they strongly want to leave. But there's no phones in the school, and how are they supposed to escape through the forest? Will Mrs. Wellington miraculously help them after all? Will they face their fears and escape? Or will something entirely different occur?

Written by Gitty Daneshvari, School of Fear, is a wonderful, hilarious, action-packed adventure. All ages would love it, however I recommend it most to ten to thirteen year-olds. The book has the names of strange fears at the beginning of each chapter, along with a funny illustration of the chapter's contents. This is a great book about facing your fears, and I'd recommend it to anyone with a fear of their own. Which would be all of us. The question is, what are you afraid of?