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Class is not dismissed!




1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010.
Physical Description:
307 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Number in series:
bk. 2.
Thirteen-year-olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, fourteen-year-old Garrison, and ten-year-old new "contestant" Hyacinth must face their phobias and join forces to learn who is stealing wigs and pageant trophies from the School of Fear.
Reading Level:
Middle School.

880 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 6.0.

Reading Counts! 5.7.

Accelerated Reader AR Middle Grades 6.0 7 quiz: 139861.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.70 11 quiz: 50830.
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In this hilarious follow-up to School of Fear, eccentric headmaster Mrs. Wellington demands requests the presence of Madeleine, Theo, Lulu, and Garrison for a mandatory summer of retraining after discovering that each of her former students has secretly regressed. Facing their fears was terrifying enough, but when the foursome learns they'll be joined by a fifth student, things start to get even scarier.

To make matters worse, the students quickly find themselves tasked with saving their school. And because failing means spending the rest of their lives with unresolved phobias, this is one test they all plan to ace.

Author Notes

Gitty Daneshvari was born in Los Angeles, California in 1982. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She used to work as a CAA assistant and development executive with Contra Films. Her books include The Makedown, the School of Fear series, and Monster High: Ghoulfriends Forever series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Fine print in their contracts brings the four students introduced in School of Fear (Little, Brown, 2009) back for another summer at the secret, exclusive institution created to eliminate extreme phobias. Though the students profess that they are completely cured, headmistress Mrs. Wellington reveals how each one has regressed, necessitating more time with her. Joining Madeleine, Garrison, Theo, and Lulu is a new student, Hyacinth, who is desperately afraid of being alone and friendless. But the unusual phobia-conquering curriculum is put on hold when the children must help Mrs. Wellington and her loyal caretaker discover who is behind the string of recent burglaries-a discovery that leads to even more trouble for the school and its inhabitants. Filled with an eclectic, and often eccentric, cast of characters, this sequel uses the wry humor and outrageous situations that characterized the first book and makes for an entertaining read. Kids may be slightly disappointed in the lack of resolution to the major conflict and hope the story will continue in another volume.-Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

This School of Fear sequel welcomes a new student whose fear of solitude ironically isolates her from her coveted "besties." It will take all the students working together to save the batty Mrs. Wellington and prevent the school from closing, thus leaving the children terrified forever. Although the characters lack individuality, the story's dark and wacky humor is satisfying. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The four phobia-afflicted friends who bonded in the Marx Brothersstyle School of Fear (2009) face a worse threat than backsliding (though there's plenty of that too) in this equally manic sequel. With solid mutual bonds generally hidden beneath layers of sharp repartee"I think you need help...and I don't mean that in a kind or caring way"Lulu, Madeleine, Theo and Garrison reunite for a second summer at the isolated Massachusetts institution run by wacky ex (except in her own mind) beauty queen Mrs. Wellington and her long-suffering octogenarian cook/caretaker Schmidty. Joined by an aggressive new student, Hyacinth, whose lack of social skills is only matched by her hysterical fear of being alone, the crew first looks into a series of house burglaries, then learns that a reporter is planning to publish an expos that will certainly force the school to close. Staving off this catastrophe turns into a continuing plot that will run into at least one further episode. Making sense of the setting, wild antics and over-the-top characters requires reading the opener, but Daneshvari expertly keeps the humor fresh and the pacing frenetic. (Farce. 11-13)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Have no fear: school is back in session, with the phobic young protagonists of School of Fear (2009) returning to reinforce what they learned the summer before. It seems there has been some regression amid all visible signs of progress. A fifth student has also enrolled a 10-year-old with a ferret who's afraid of being alone and who calls the others her new best friends, giving each of them an annoying nickname. Daneshvari's plot is as farfetched as ever, but her dialogue is full of amusing putdowns I think you need help, and I don't mean that in a kind or caring way. Somehow, and satisfyingly, all five become best friends in the end. Ed: cap is in the title.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2010 Booklist