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The Thing I'm Most Afraid Of



by
Kristin Levine

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9780525518648
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Discrimination: Xenophobia , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion
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A new middle-grade tale from critically acclaimed, award-winning author Kristin Levine about facing your fears, set in Vienna during the Bosnian genocide.

Most twelve-year-olds would be excited to fly to Austria to see their dad for the summer but then Becca is not most twelve-year-olds. Suffering from severe anxiety, she fears that the metal detectors at the airport will give her cancer and the long international flight will leave her with blood clots. Luckily, she’s packed her Doomsday Journal, the one thing that always seems to help. By writing down her fears and what to do if the worst happens, Becca can get by without (many) panic attacks.

Routines and plans help Becca cope but living in a new country is full of the unexpected—including Becca’s companions for the summer. Like Felix, the short and bookish son of Becca’s dad’s new girlfriend. Or Sara, the nineteen-year-old Bosnian refugee tasked with watching the two of them for the summer. As Becca explores Vienna and becomes close to her new friends, she soon learns she is not alone in her fears. What matters most is what you do when faced with them.Author’s note. Resources.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Discrimination: Xenophobia , Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.2: points 10

Lexile

620L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Anxiety disorders. Refugees. Yugoslav War (1991–1995). Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vienna, Austria. Twentieth-century Austrian history. Friendship. Family life. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

LEVINE, Kristin. The Thing I’m Most Afraid Of. 352p. Putnam. Jun. 2021. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525518648. Gr 5 Up–In this historical novel set in 1993, fears and anxieties are taking over 12-year-old Becca Greenburg’s life. She has understanding (divorced) parents who support her and her therapist’s goals for conquering her severe anxiety. A summer trip to stay with her relocated father in Vienna, Austria, is not what Becca had in mind. There she meets Felix, another 12-year-old with his own worries. Over the course of the summer, they are guided through the city by Sara, a Bosnian refugee from Sarajevo. Sara has her own fears since her mother and younger brother were left behind in Sarajevo, under attack by the oppressive Serbians. As Becca and Felix overcome their fears (different foods, crowds, bicycles, making friends, etc.), they learn that having and being a support for others builds inner strength. After a harrowing detention for Sara, they help her because their love creates family. They attend a historic pro-refugee rally to protest against a growing fear-driven, Austria-first sentiment. By supporting Sara’s search for her family, Becca focuses on others’ bigger fears and concerns. Her anxieties do not vanish, but she learns how to live in spite of them. ­VERDICT A slice of history that echoes another country’s struggle with ­anti-immigrant sentiment. –Lisa Crandall, formerly at the ­Capital Area Dist. Lib., Holt, MI

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

LEVINE, Kristin. The Thing I’m Most Afraid Of. 352p. Putnam. Jun. 2021. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525518648. Gr 5 Up–In this historical novel set in 1993, fears and anxieties are taking over 12-year-old Becca Greenburg’s life. She has understanding (divorced) parents who support her and her therapist’s goals for conquering her severe anxiety. A summer trip to stay with her relocated father in Vienna, Austria, is not what Becca had in mind. There she meets Felix, another 12-year-old with his own worries. Over the course of the summer, they are guided through the city by Sara, a Bosnian refugee from Sarajevo. Sara has her own fears since her mother and younger brother were left behind in Sarajevo, under attack by the oppressive Serbians. As Becca and Felix overcome their fears (different foods, crowds, bicycles, making friends, etc.), they learn that having and being a support for others builds inner strength. After a harrowing detention for Sara, they help her because their love creates family. They attend a historic pro-refugee rally to protest against a growing fear-driven, Austria-first sentiment. By supporting Sara’s search for her family, Becca focuses on others’ bigger fears and concerns. Her anxieties do not vanish, but she learns how to live in spite of them. ­VERDICT A slice of history that echoes another country’s struggle with ­anti-immigrant sentiment. –Lisa Crandall, formerly at the ­Capital Area Dist. Lib., Holt, MI

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