Madeleine seems to be an eccentric girl, but the veil she hides behind and the belt of bug repellent is not merely a fashion statement… No, she’s afraid of bugs and anything that creeps and crawls or just makes a weird insect sound. Theo on the other hand is loud, slightly obnoxious and quite frankly annoying, but after his grandmother’s death he has become even worse as he fears death. Lulu is the type of girl you don’t mess with, but her biggest fear is nothing other than enclosed spaces and Garrison, the athletic boy that can’t do anything wrong… well he’s got a little problem when it comes to large bodies of water. These four different kids all come together when they enrol (or get forced to enrol) into the School of Fear, run by Mrs Wellington, an elusive ex-beauty pageant queen. Here they will confront their fears and hopefully be cured, but trouble is amidst and it’s up to the four students to help the headmistress and the school, before they are all doomed!
Here at Killer Aphrodite we don’t always review children’s books, in fact, School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari is the first children’s book we have reviewed and by golly was it a fun read! With a reading level that is suited for 13 years and up, it made me think back to my own childhood and how I devoured R.L. Stine books like it was going out of fashion. If ever there was another series that could compare and was aimed more to a female audience though, this is it. School of Fear is a fantastic read and will get your inner-child to come out and play. What’s more is that it’s better written than some mature horror books, although the horror is not at all as graphic as on an adult level, but heck, it’s so much fun and it took something that is quite literally the most terrifying thing ever and ran with it… your own phobias! Once you start reading it, you’re not going to put it down and you’re going to want more and more and eventually you’re going to start developing a phobia of not getting enough of School of Fear and then… and then…
Gitty Daneshvari was able to create a great plot and an imaginative children’s book that even adults can enjoy. With each character distinctively unique and with their own personalities so different to one another, one would never think that you could relive Goosebumps books, but apparently that would be a mistake. School of Fear has all the chills, adventures and mystery to offer that would give your little ones (and yourself) an exciting read, whilst knowing that nothing will scare them senseless (or you for that matter) or cause them to develop a complex. I can’t wait for the next one!
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