Sunday, November 20, 2011

Spooktacular Sunday: School Of Fear

This week we have a review from Jenny about one of the coolest series I have found in awhile. The premise is simple, yet unique and fun. My daughter is waiting until next year to read it because Mrs. Osborne said it is better for 5th graders and my daughter always listens to her teachers:)

Book Description:

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.

Jenny's review:

Are you afraid of something? Everyone is, but not everyone is paranoid about their fear. The kids in this book certainly are.  Madeleine Masterson is afraid of bugs, and carries around bug spray to ward off any bugs she might encounter, plus she also wears a veil over her face to protect herself. Theodore Bartholomew is afraid of death, and bothers his family constantly as he checks up on them all the time to make sure they are still alive. Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces, and makes sure she is always next to an exit.  Garrison Feldman is afraid of water, and passes out when he even thinks about being near it.  These four kids are about to enter the School of Fear, as their families are tired of their strange phobias.  None of them expect what they find when they get there. It is a strange house with a strange owner Mrs.  Wellington and her strange staff.  They find all sorts of weird things, a dog named Mac, who is morning the loss of his friend Cheese, a B&B that is not a bed and breakfast but a Bee and Bat room.  Things just keep getting stranger when Mrs. Wellington dies unexpectedly and leaves her fortune to the dog Mac. The kids must save Mac by entering the Forest after Munchauser, the lawyer who has run off with him.  What will happen to them?
This book was so strange but in a totally good way. It was full of strange characters, places, and events that combined to make a great story.  The kids were funny characters that you can see in everyday life, but set to the extreme.  I really liked how the characters were described; you really felt their fears and understood them.  Each chapter starts with a definition of a phobia. My favorite was “Peladophobia~ the fear of bald people”. Who Knew?  This book would be suitable for older readers at  about 5th grade or up, only because the story twists and turns frequently and if the reader is not paying attention they might lose what is happening in the story. 

Books in the series:
School of Fear 2: Class is Not Dismissed
School of Fear 3: Final Exam

*Reviewed by Jenny


Rain Maiden said...

This looks like a fun series, hope my eleven year old will take to it. Its hard to find books he is into.

Vickie said...

DH bought this for Lady K who is 8. I know she'll like it and now I think I'll read it, too.

Anna (Bite Club) said...

Rain Maiden~ I will try and post a few books that your 11 year old may like. My son is 12 and we tend to have that same problem. Lately, the choices seem better and we've been making a master list, but you never know. It's strange how many books are written for girls, so many different choices are available and it's like publishers don't realize that boys might want to read too! What are some interests??

Vickie~My daughter is 9 and she really thought this book was fun. We read it together because some of the words were tough and the plot was a tad more complex than she was used to.