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The Liberation of Gabriel King

by K. L. Going

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It's summer 1976 in Georgia. The country is celebrating 200 years of independence, Jimmy Carter is running for president, and Gabriel King and his best friend Frita have decided to spend the summer conquering their fears. They both draw up lists: Gabriel's list includes spiders, centipedes and Frita's brother Terrence. Frita is afraid of the rope swing over the pond and the boorish, racist Evans family. With each other's encouragement they tackle one fear after the other, growing their courage. Then Gabe learns that #1 on Frita's list is the Ku Klux Klan and they learn it will take a lot of courage on their part and that of the community to conquer this fear.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a chapter book taking place in the summer of 1976. It tells the story of two students about to start fifth grade. One is white, scaredy cat Gabriel King and the other is the brave and fierce African American, Frita Wilson. The two spend the summer doing things that scare them in order to finally cross their biggest fear off the list- starting fifth grade. I loved this book because it showed how much support a friend can give. It shows audiences to face their fears and live life how they want to not how others want them to. It shows readers to stand up for themselves. ( )
  pnieme1 | May 4, 2015 |
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K. L. Going tells about a boy named Gabriel not wanting to go to fifth grade due to fear and Duke. His best friend, Frita, comes up with a plan to get over their fears. Over the duration of the both, friends go through many different events and eventually overcome their fears. I would read this to third through fifth graders. ( )
  Nijania | Dec 6, 2014 |
Gabriel King is a boy that is about to enter the 5th grade. He is reluctant but his friend tries to encourage him telling him it is going to be okay. The reason he doesn't want to go is because he has been bullied by the 5th graders that will go into the 6th grade. HIs friend and he list things that they are afraid of and try to accomplish them. We see that his friend has a strong character, but then it is shown later on in the book that she has deeper fears that Gabriel. We see how these two characters try to accomplish their fears in life. ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Dec 4, 2014 |
Gabriel King is afraid of a lot of things but mainly 5th grade and Duke Evans. His best friend, Frita comes up with a plan to help Gabe out. They both make a list of everything they are scared of. Throughout the summer they work together to face their fears.

This book is funny and serious at the same time. The reader realizes the difficulties that children do go through. The main thing that read can take from this is the lesson of racism. Frita is called a racist name and her life takes a step back. This book is still very much relatable today, especially living in the south. This book would be great to share with students around the same age of the main characters. It is very important to teach children the same lessons shown in the book. ( )
  ashleyschifano | Dec 3, 2014 |
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Gabriel King was a born chicken. He’s afraid of spiders, corpses, loose cows, and just about everything related to the fifth grade. Gabe’s best friend, Frita Wilson, thinks Gabe needs some liberating from his fears. Frita knows something about being brave— she’s the only black kid in school in a town with an active Ku Klux Klan. Together Gabe and Frita are going to spend the summer of 1976 facing down the fears on Gabe’s list. But it turns out that Frita has her own list, and while she’s helping Gabe confront his fears, she’s avoiding the thing that scares her the most.

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In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade.

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