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School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari


Book Summary

Lulu might be incurably mean, but she’s also deathly afraid of confined spaces.  And speaking of death, Theo can tell you how many people died from spider and insect bites in 2003, and why anything you might ever think of doing is dangerous to your survival.  Garrison is a popular athlete, trying to keep his fear of water hidden from his peers.  And Madeleine, who has an exterminator on speed-dial and never leaves home without a mosquito-netted veil and a healthy supply of insect repellent, takes arachnophobia to a whole new level.  What do these four students have in common?  They are sent to the very secret, very exclusive School of Fear.  A word to the wise . . . don’t sample the Casu Frazigu.

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School of Fear

Book Review

Clever and funny, with fairly advanced vocabulary.

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If you don’t let me on the fire escape, I swear you’ll never see your kids again,” Lulu said in her best gangster impression.
  “I don’t have kids,” the security guard said with a yawn.
  “What about friends?”
  “Not me. All I have is a goldfish.”
  “Okay, loser,” Lulu said with a roll of her eyes, “if you ever want to see that fish again, I suggest you let me on that fire escape. Otherwise, I’ll be sauteing the little guy for dinner.”
  “Threatening a man’s fish, that’s cold, but you still can’t go on the fire escape.”

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Overcoming Fears
  • Appreciating Different Strengths
  • Mystery
  • Finding your Voice

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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