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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (664 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gitty Daneshvari Narrator: Emma Walton Hamilton Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781600247941
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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; and 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 twelve- and thirteen-year-olds with outsize fears…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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Who would have thought being scared could be such fun?… Kids will laugh out loud at the machinations the four go through to avoid confronting their fears. The highlight of the production is Hamilton's energetic and cheerful rendering of each character—she makes their obsessions charming additions to their personalities.”

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  • “The story is hilarious for its over-the-top gloominess. Each chapter begins with the definition of a type of fear, eg, arachibutyrophobia (the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth). Suggest this one to fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Daneshvari’s debut children’s book gains momentum as the school’s headmistress unleashes her wildly unconventional curriculum, designed to help children overcome their phobias…Ultimately the unnerved students unite as a team and take part in a heroic, character-building, fear-slaying attempt to right a notorious wrong.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela Ramirez | 2/20/2014

    " i think that this better than the first. i would recomend this bok because it about kids our age and it really funny and the kids are sarcastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camila12 | 2/13/2014

    " I think this book is not as good as the first because there is a new character that hasnt built up a history with the other characters. also the backstory isnt as good or entertaining as the first one! I reccomend the first one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 2/12/2014

    " I'm so glad I got to read this right after book 1. The ending was somewhat abrupt, but the story was just as fast paced and enjoyable as the first. Can't wait to get my hands on number 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayden | 2/8/2014

    " This was my favorite book out of book 1 and 2. This is book 2. The students are back at school of fear and a new student joins and no one likes her. I feel bad for her. I liked this book better than the first one because I knew what was happening more than when I just started and it was more interesting. It was interesting because they kinda changed the story and it was less helping them with their fears. I thought that was cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 2/1/2014

    " Read this one to my daughter. It was fun to follow the characters that Gitty Daneshavari introduced in the first book as they attend their second summer at the School of Fear. Silly and wacky, but well written. Great characters! I look forward to reading out loud the third book to my daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Ferber | 1/27/2014

    " This was a fabulous series to read with your kids! So enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 1/22/2014

    " I liked it but it wasn't mind-blowing. When I first advertised it to my class, I thought there would have been a lot more twists (and truly hilarious moments) as the 4 kids navigated their way through some truley relatable (although extreme phobias). I felt more time was spent talking about the wackiness of the teacher. A few times I had to check (and recheck) the title to see if I got it right. I found myself asking, "Where are they going with this?" a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2014

    " EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE!hillarious,I cracked up quite a few times.Cleverly written and I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 1/18/2014

    " The second summer of school of fear and some students have not been cured??!?!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Colucci | 1/12/2014

    " This book was hilarious. Just as excellent as the first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Dyer | 12/25/2013

    " Hmmmmm... Not as good as the first one, felt this one fell a little flat and did not have a lot of suspense in it. It was ok though and pretty funny but wasnt laughing so hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph B | 12/16/2013

    " This book had been sitting on my dresser waiting to be read for two weeks until I finally read it. Now I can officially say LOVE IT!!! I was stared at in gym class from reading it, abd my math teacher talked to me about my love if books too. Can't wait for da third one!!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manny | 12/10/2013

    " very very good, can't wait to read the third and last book :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Atterberry | 11/9/2013

    " As good as the first book. The pageant contestants are back for a second summer at Summerset. It is interesting to find out how they are doing now and go on a new adventure with them. See how the group changes as a new student is added to their class. I can't wait for the next book to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/21/2013

    " The four students with the crazy phobias return for the second book in the School of Fear series. This time around, a new student is thrown into the mix. Plus the ending leaves you hanging....Can't wait to start reading the third book in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theressy Ralpp | 7/24/2013

    " In a nutshell this sequel lives up to the first book. Many sequels I've read don't meet the expectations I've made after reading the first book, this does. Instead of repeating the story in a new manor this creates a new story. Also, one of the few books I can read in less than a day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayub D. | 5/19/2013

    " this is good, better, best, great, greater, beast, beastier, king, chancellor, dictator, ruler of the worlds "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabbby | 1/8/2013

    " Second book of school of fear "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy | 9/26/2012

    " Good book. It is a very good sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah.l | 6/30/2012

    " I loved this book it was super funny and has a really good ending. I really think you should read both books because I really think you will love them!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 3/10/2012

    " goooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 9/22/2011

    " This book was just "okay" - nothing too exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syd | 8/9/2011

    " i like how this time there was an annoying little girl who actually saved the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/23/2011

    " Fun, quirky -- the headmistress is fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 5/15/2011

    " This book had a lot of really funny lines. I liked all of the main characters, and the plot was really fun. All four of the kids in the story have phobias. They all end up going to the School of Fear, and are taught by a former (slightly batty) beauty queen. I'm looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/11/2011

    " I thought the concept of this book was very good. However, I thought it got a little boring. But in the end, it was a fun and nice story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/11/2011

    " This is another book I read with Emily. It was okay, but a little childish for me. But I'm happy to reading and talking about books with my daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mylinh | 5/5/2011

    " At first the abundance of thesaurusy words threw me off of the story a bit, but once I got past that, the book was pretty fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/1/2011

    " Fun kid-lit. A bit predictable to me, as an adult, but I think it would make a great read for upper elementary. Quirky and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachmi | 4/18/2011

    " tokohnya menarik banget, terutama theo yg super duper lebay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 4/14/2011

    " Struggled to finish it although it did have some funny parts that I just had to read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydeli | 4/12/2011

    " i think i have the fear of put down this book... nomorebookophobia? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/3/2011

    " fun and witty! I laughed out loud... which I hardly ever do in books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendal | 3/30/2011

    " did not like it one bit i just couldnt read through it soo sorry for those people that did like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/27/2011

    " Amazing plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat begging for more. A good read, with big words--- but ones that help. A must read.
    "

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About the Author
Author Gitty Daneshvari

Gitty Daneshvari, former Contrafilms director of development, is the author of the adult novel The Makedown. School of Fear was her debut children’s book.

About the Narrator
Julie Andrews Edwards is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment best known for her performances in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and, more recently, The Princess Diaries. Julie is the author of many beloved children's books, including Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and her recent bestselling memoir, Home. Visit the Julie Andrews Collection online at www.julieandrewscollection.com.

Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children's book author, editor, educator and theater arts professional. She has co-authored and published 16 books for children and young adults, four of which were New York Times bestsellers. Emma is the coauthor of the I Can Read! DUMPY easy readers series with her mother, Julie, and illustrated by her father, Tony Walton.

Jim McMullan is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of books for adults and young readers. He is known for the various Broadway theater posters he created for Lincoln Center Theater. Jim received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award in 2002 for the picture book I Stink!, and he has also award with the Society of Illustrator's prestigious Hamilton King Award.