Class Is Not Dismissed! (School of Fear Series #2)

Class Is Not Dismissed! (School of Fear Series #2)

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by Gitty Daneshvari
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews

The four phobia-afflicted friends who bonded in the Marx Brothers–style 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 exposé 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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316122887
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Series:
School of Fear , #2
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
345,092
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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School of Fear: Class Is Not Dismissed!


By Daneshvari, Gitty

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2010 Daneshvari, Gitty
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316033282

School of Fear

CHAPTER 1

EVERYONE’S AFRAID OF SOMETHING: Heliophobia is the fear of the sun.

The sun is not the sun. And that isn’t to say that the sun is the moon, for that is most definitely not the case. The sun is simply far more than the center of the solar system or a bright shiny thing in the sky. Day after day the sun wrestles us from darkness, bringing with it the many secrets we hide from others and occasionally even ourselves. Oh yes, the sun is the guardian of truth, whether we like it or not.

Thirteen-year-old Madeleine Masterson breezed into Boston, utterly delighted to have escaped the dreary skies of London. With a beaming smile the fair-skinned, blue-eyed girl with raven locks just shy of her shoulders led her parents into the blazing heat and humidity. The entire Masterson family stood outside warming their chilly British bones in the extraordinary sunshine. For the English, the sun is a bit like the Queen; they know she exists but they simply don’t see her that often.

Only a year earlier, Madeleine had been a shell of her current self, walking through life in abject terror, certain that enemies lurked around every corner, or rather in every corner. Mr. and Mrs. Masterson’s only child had long suffered from a dreadful phobia of spiders and other insects. In addition to wearing a netted veil and a belt of repellents at all times, Madeleine had refused to enter any building that had not been fumigated recently by an exterminator. As one might imagine, most of her classmates’ parents refused to meet the extensive and expensive guidelines necessary before Madeleine could enter their residences. Thus Madeleine missed out on slumber parties, birthdays, and all outdoor activities.

Most fortunately for all involved, Madeleine had spent the previous summer at the highly clandestine, word-of-mouth institution known as School of Fear. Much to her parents’ delight, Madeleine had returned veil- and repellent-free, an absolutely changed child. Well, not entirely changed; the young girl remained fascinated by world leaders, often listing United Nations delegates in alphabetical order for entertainment. But long gone was her crippling arachnophobia.

“Mummy and Daddy, not to be impertinent, but why are you sending me back for another summer? I’m cured, fixed, or however you care to put it. Might I remind you that I am now a member of the Spider Appreciation Club as well as Eight-Legged Creatures for Social Change?”

“Yes, we know, dear. Your father and I are both terribly impressed with your progress,” Mrs. Masterson said with a smile.

“Aren’t you the only member of those clubs?” Mr. Masterson inquired.

“That is hardly the point, Daddy,” Madeleine replied huffily.

“Unfortunately, as we’ve explained, it’s a contractual issue. Mrs. Wellington’s attorney, that ghastly man Munchauser, had us sign a two-summer agreement. He claims the second session is necessary to reinforce the progress you made last summer. But not to worry, dear. Next summer you will be free to do anything you like.”

“Well, I suppose another summer won’t hurt me too badly. Plus I am terribly keen to see the others again and have a proper catch-up,” Madeleine acquiesced as the town car turned onto a narrow cobblestone road. Within seconds the car was shrouded in darkness cast by the trees and sticky vines that grew from one side of the road to the other, creating a tunnel. Although hard to decipher in the faint light, a multitude of homemade signs warned against entering the Lost Forest. The densely wooded area had quite the reputation for chewing people up and not spitting them out.

The car slowed as the foliage tunnel opened at the base of a large granite mountain. Mr. and Mrs. Masterson had planned to exit the vehicle and meet this Schmidty character they had heard so much about. However, the soaring temperatures quickly dissuaded the London natives from leaving the air-conditioned confines of their car. Sporting an orange tartan dress with a matching headband and a massive grin, Madeleine bounded out of the sedan. Technically speaking, it was more of a saunter than a bound, due to the blistering weather. Madeleine was beginning to understand what people meant by too much of a good thing.

Seated on lawn chairs under a large umbrella were Schmidty, School of Fear’s trusty cook/groundskeeper/wig groomer, and Macaroni, the English bulldog.

“Schmidty!” Madeleine yelped joyfully, before stopping. The young girl was utterly gobsmacked and unable to speak. The plump old man was dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, polyester black shorts, and open-toed sandals that showcased his furry feet and jagged brown toenails. But most offensive was the sight of his fallen comb-over; a mess of gray ringlets was all that remained. Madeleine stared for a few seconds before regaining her composure and assessing how best to handle the delicate situation.

“Schmidty, I’m awfully sorry to inform you, but your hair—”

“Please, Miss Madeleine,” Schmidty interrupted, “it’s too painful to hear confirmation. I’m attempting a state of denial, but you know it’s much harder than Mrs. Wellington makes it look.”

Madeleine nodded in agreement before patting Schmidty on the shoulder. In light of the heat and the fallen comb-over, Madeleine thought it best to avoid a hug.



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Former Contrafilms Director of Development, Gitty Daneshvari is the author of the adult novel The Makedown. School of Fear was Gitty's debut children's book, and it was inspired by her many childhood fears. She hoped that one day they'd help her, and, as it turns out, they did. Gitty lives in New York with her two cats and her bulldog, Harriet.

Carrie Gifford spent many years teaching and directing children's theater before starting Red Cap Cards with her husband. Her signature pencil-and-ink style is inspired by her childhood memories. She lives in Los Angeles. Her website is www.redcapcards.com.

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Class Is Not Dismissed! (School of Fear Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pure awesomeness and perfect for the Harry Potter fan, because both series dish out awesome equal parts of adventure and mystery. One difference is that Harry Potter swears and this doesent. Perfect for the 5th, 6th, or 7th grader.
Kate Metcalf More than 1 year ago
If you are thinking ofgetting this book you definetly should! So good bbut u should read this first one first. Cross between series of unfouranatue events and mysterious benedict society
Dezeray Reber More than 1 year ago
Great book,i really recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i looooooooooovvvvvveeeeeee thus book! But Abernathy is sooooo wierd although his past is so sad and stuff and i feel so bad for him. But honestly, Hyacinth,or Hyhy or whatever is so mean and i hated her gor what she did untill the end that i am not going to give away because u guys totes have to read it, but make sure you read the first one before it or some of it will make no sense. I know because my friend did iy and she was totes confused. But read them all!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books and they all facinated me vey much. I am an avid reader and i thought this trilogy was great. The storyline is very interesting and the charactersare well planned and the plot was exucuted amazingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWSOME
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Very very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book Hyhy cracks me up but I like Maddie more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very long and I thought it would be better.I stopped reading after every one came homne from the dog pagent .Why wasen't Garrison and Lulu on the cover?I couldn't purnounce some names either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good it was a little spendy but it was totally worth it!! You should buy this book if you need a 6th level book. :)
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Love this book!!! Ive reat all of the books like a thousand times.if you havnt read it buy it! It is soooo good, but before you read this one you have to read the first one, its called School Of Fear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it one question though how many book's are thier in total and will thier be more cause i loved all the book's
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I have never read it but l have read the (awesome) first book.
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Read all the books. I RECOMMEND IT!!
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I laove this book i want maddi and garson to be todether it is the best book i am in love with it
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Really good. A must read follow up to the first book!
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