School of Fear
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.
Clever and funny, with lots of advanced vocabulary, this book is a great trip. Seeing the four main characters' outward strengths and inner fears instantly connects readers to the ridiculousness of images we try to present about ourselves, and the ways we magnify concerns.
There are two more books in this series - Class is Not Dismissed and The Final Exam
"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.
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