I’ve read two books on fear: one good, the other not so much.
School of Fear
by Gitty Daneshvari
“Parents of these four twelve year-olds send them to the highly elusive and exclusive School of Fear to help them overcome their phobias. But when their peculiar teacher, Mrs. Wellington, and her unconventional teaching methods turn out to be more frightening than even their fears, the foursome realize that this just may be the scariest summer of their lives.”
The opening chapter sucks you right in with the introduction of one of the characters, Madeleine Masterson, who’s deathly afraid of insects. From the get-go, it seemed that I’d slowly get to know more about her, and follow her through some fun adventures, but her character quickly got muddled with the introduction of the three others whose voices were just not as authentic and riveting. Pair that with a rather predictable plotline, and I walked away feeling not too impressed. I was really hoping for a book as good as its’ first chapter, but found the focus shifted drasticlly from a set of lovable characters to a rather inane adventure.
by Laura Gosselin and Jake Gosselin
“This is going to be the best year ever for best friends Bitterly, Abyssma and Belladonna as they are starting a new school year at Fright School! But when Bitterly, the most promising fright, is faced with a school bully and some nightmares of her own, she finds help from the last place she expected—the little girl whom she has sworn to protect.”
Dubbed an “empowering series for girls 7-10”: this book follows the journey of three “Frights”, as they’re known, as they help girls overcome their fears by entering their dreams. This book contains engaging scenes, humour, and the chance to examine our own fears.
This is a cute, funny and even profound little book. I still hesitate with the title, which can easily mislead anyone into believing this to be some highly “girly” book, and may quickly disengage the attention of many boys and girls who would otherwise, greatly relish in such a tale. The characters, three best friends cleverly named: Bitterly, Abyssma and Belladonna chart the dark world of children’s nightmares to help them overcome their greatest fears, and in the process, face their own.