Plot: After annoying their families with their fears, four children are forced by their families to go to the School of Fear during the summer. This school is hidden and kept secret from anyone who could learn about it. There they are forced by their ex-beauty queen headmistress, Mrs. Wellington, to face their worst fears. Madeleine is afraid of spiders. Theo is afraid of death.
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A modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, SuperSummary offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics. Set in the contemporary world, the novel tells the story of a group of characters attempting to thwart eco-terrorist threats. The plot exudes intrigue and action—including shootouts, deadly crocodiles, deceptive agents, and the faked death of George Morton, the man who links the characters together. State of Fear is also a polemic casting doubt on the theory of global warming and criticizing perceived biases in the media and science. State of Fear received the Journalism Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists AAPG , despite being a work of fiction, and despite the perceived conflict of interest between an energy industry organization and the theory of global warming.