Book Review: School of Fear

by Melissa on March 23, 2010 · 5 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 6.0-6.9, Good for kids reading above grade-level (precocious readers), Humor, Lexile 800-899

Title: School of Fear
Series: No
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Gitty Daneshvari
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: [?] 880L
AR Level: [?] 6.2
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Rating: 4.5/5 (11 votes cast)


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.


The title put me off a bit and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun and charming the book ended up being.  Likely okay for kids down to 8, but only if the exposure to detailed fears won’t bother them.  Each chapter page has a new fear listed, `Everyone’s afraid of something:’.  They are silly and interesting and I think kids will like this book because it seems like a book for older kids, though the content is very much on par for the intended age-group.


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The characters’ fears (spiders/bugs, water, death, small spaces) are described in detail-if you have a kid who has these fears, it could go either way; making it worse or they might see how silly it is. A girl handcuffs herself to a stationary object to avoid being forced on an elevator, just in case your kid thinks that would be fun to try.


A kid takes his dad’s credit card to buy something on eBay, putting cash in his wallet so it wasn’t stealing.  Just in case this hasn’t occurred to your kid to do.  An overweight child endures some teasing, mostly names like ‘chunky funk’, ‘fat’, etc. 



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Book Review: School of Fear, 4.5 out of 5 based on 11 ratings

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy November 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I really liked this book because my child was rethinking some of her actions like, riding on elavators, or holding worms and bugs now. I think it is kind of cute, and I like it because I can teach her again some of the actions that she lost.

JORDAN BLAKE December 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm


Aida February 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I really liked this book because it kinda relates to me in a way. i’am devastated of spiders just like Madeleine in the book:) it is a very cute book and i will cherish it forever!

Raven April 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

I haven’t read it yet, it looks good. Do I dare read it? Is it good? I hope so. I usually don’t buy books, so I hope it lives up to its expectations.

Corrine Shelby May 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I think this book is perfect for giddy children ages 8-12. The child-like side of me enjoyed the book, but it was kind of annoying, because I am a 14-yr-old 8th grader being forced to read this children’s book in school. But it is cute for a younger child.

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