The Only Thing to Fear

by Caroline Tung Richmond

Scholastic Paperbacks
February 2016

Ages 12 – 15 . Grades 7 – 10

Lexile measure: HL820L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y

It's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and 16-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern America Territories. Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race, controlling everything from jobs to genetics. Despite her mixed heritage and hopeless social standing, Zara dreams of the free America she's only read about in banned books. A revolution is growing, and a rogue rebel group is plotting a deadly coup. Zara might hold the key to taking down the F├╝hrer for good, but it also might be the very thing that destroys her. Because what she has to offer the rebels is something she's spent her entire life hiding, under threat of immediate execution by the Nazis.
In this action-packed, heart-stopping novel of a terrifying reality that could have been, Zara must decide just how far she'll go for freedom.
Caroline Tung Richmond

Caroline Tung Richmond is the author of the alternative history novels The Only Thing to Fear and Live in Infamy, as well as the historical fiction novel The Darkest Hour. A self-proclaimed history nerd and cookie connoisseur, Caroline lives in Virginia with her family and her dog, Otto von Bismarck -- named for the German chancellor (naturally).


  • Praise for The Only Thing to Fear

    "Richmond makes an impressive debut with this alternate history ... She twists history and throws in creative exploitation of superpowers to deliver a fast-paced adventure." --Publishers Weekly

    "Reminiscent of series like the Hunger Games and Divergent, but the alternative-history angle adds a spark of its own." --Booklist

    "The plot is fast-paced and will appeal to both historical fiction and science fiction readers." --Library Media Connection