August 16, 2009
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Gabriel King is filled with fear. Spiders, alligators, and a friend’s older brother don’t compare to his greatest fear; entering the 5th grade and facing the school bullies in the upper grade yard. His best friend, Frita, decides that she is going to help him confront his fears by forcing him to make a list of all his fears, and face them over the summer. What Gabriel doesn't realize is that Frita’s fears are deeper. Frita is African-American, and faces the prejudice that was existent in the South in 1976. K.L. Going has created a humorous and heart warming coming of age story, that teaches us about friendship, family, and overcoming hatred. Highly recommended for all students and their parents!
Read Reads Score: 5