Skip to main content

The Thing I'm Most Afraid of

Kristin Levine


List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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.

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780525518648, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

About the Author

Kristin Levine lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her daughters, two bunnies, and one cat. A lifelong learner, Kristin studied German at Swarthmore College, Film and Video at American University, and is currently pursuing a degree in Data Science at George Washington University. She loves visiting schools and talking with young people about the writing process. Her fifth novel, The Thing I'm Most Afraid Of, was inspired by a gap year she spent in Vienna, Austria, working as an au pair.