The Liberation of Gabriel King

The Liberation of Gabriel King

by K. L. Going


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407660
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 107,925
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

K. L. Going lives with her family in the Hudson Valley area of New York State. Since graduating from college she has worked as an adult literacy tutor, a ticket agent for a major airline, a front desk clerk at a resort hotel, and an assistant in a Manhattan literary agency. She has lived in Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New York. K.L. is the author of many books, including Fat Kid Rules The World, The Liberation of Gabriel King, and Dog in Charge. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World, was a YALSA Michael L. Printz honor book.

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It’s the summer of 1976 in a small town in Georgia. Gabriel King has just finished fourth grade and is scared about fifth. In fact, he’s scared of many things: spiders, alligators, falling into the toilet, killer robots, corpses, swinging off the rope swing, his neighbor Mr. Evans and bullies at school. His best friend Frita is out of to liberate Gabriel from his fears. She has him make a list of them and work through them one at a time. However, Frita, who is African-American, has fears of her own and the story becomes a study of standing up to fears and bullies, from the school yard to the Klu Klux Klan. Strong voice, lively dialogue, humor and important themes make this a winner. Readers will enjoy following the sometimes-tempestuous friendship of Gabriel and Frita, and they’ll be completely absorbed in watching the friends and their community come together to stand up against the evil within.

-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Liberation of Gabriel King 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
teachnrun More than 1 year ago
Frita and Gabe are likeable, believeable characters. K. L. Going does such a wonderful job with her writing. My students LOVE this novel, and it really helps them understand racial issues during the Civil Rights Movement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the Liberation of Gabriel king because it shows how friendship can over come anything no matter what your race is. It was recomended to my by my mother who is a librarian and I would definetly recomend it to anyone else who is in need of a good book.
dancer32 More than 1 year ago
i just finished this book and i love it. my friend told me to read it and i loved it. it really shows how friendship is important.i loved the whole story and would reccommend it to anyone! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was AwEsOmE! I would recomend this to everyone above the age of 12. It shows some great points of what life was like before the 1990's and what you sometimes have to do to make things change or put things in your own hands. I am so glad this book found me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gabriel King is afraid of just about everything. He even has a list to prove it. Number one on the list is 'fifth grade'. The reason being is that is when he will move to a new wing of the school and be reunited with number 2 and number 3 on the list! Bullies. So, it's understandible he does not want to move up to 5th grade. Fortunately for him he has a wise beyond her years best friend in Frita Wilson. She encourages Gabe to make a list of all his fears and she will help him conquer them over the course of the summer. The story takes a more serious turn as we learn that on the top of Frita's list is the KKK, and that the leader is none other than the father of Duke Evans, AKA #2. Frita's fear is very real as she and her family are African American. Yet it's not all heavy, there are lots of laughs, fun, and wonderful scenes bringing back fond memories of childhood. Even if one wasn't around during the summer of 1776, the time this story takes place. This is a book I could see in schools in the curriculum. It's uplifting and friendly and has a great lesson, yet that lesson doesn't take over the book, it's simply part of it. Wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about a boy who has just finished 4th grade. He was born a chicken. He goes through the summer with his best friend 'Frita Wilson. P.S. His name is Gabriel King'and they make lists of everything they are afraid of. Then they go one by one and face their fears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ive ever read. im only 125 pages in and its awesome. I have to read it for a book club and so far my group loves it!
anniecase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting, thought-provoking, but not especially thrilling story of learning courage in the midst of adversity. I appreciated the premise and yet I felt dragged down by the story's mini-adventures and somewhat boring characters. I applaud the effort more than the result.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fourth grader Gabriel King has decided that he's not going to the fifth grade. It's too scary. So his best friend Frita comes up with the idea of writing down everything they're afraid of and using the summer of 1976 to face every single fear on their list so that they'll be braver. Gabe's list is quite long. But when he finds something that Frita truly fears in their town, he knows he'll have to be brave so he can stand beside her and help her fight it. This book was an unexpected joy to me. It started off as a goofy summer friendship story, but soon delves into more serious topics, namely race relations in 1970s small-town Georgia. It does this with aplomb, and I liked the serious bits just as much as the funny bits. This is fairly painless historical fiction, though some topics might do better with a bit of scaffolding. Highly recommended.
9dw01bev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was very interesting learing how they solved their problems. I also like this because they stood up for what was right so they didn't get bullied.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabriel King is shy and weary of the neighborhood bullies. On the last day of fourth grade he decides fifth grade is not an option. The biggest, nastiest bully will be in his school. His spunky, feisty friend Frita decides that it is time for Gabriel to face his fears.Compiling a list of his fears, Frita systematically prods him to face them one by one over the summer in preparation for fall.This is a cute book, but a boring one. The characters were not well developed. Considering the fact that the author previously won the Michael L. Printz honor for her book Fat Kids Rule, I expected more from The Liberation of Gabriel King. Since I only paid .50 for the book at a used book store, I'm glad I didn't waste a lot of money.Not recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 12 years old and i am home schooled. I had to choose between 2 books for next year. I choose The Liberation of Gabriel king. I am not done with it yet but it is a great bookso far and i hope you get a chance to read it! If you love books then you will love this book! I recommend this book for all ages. If you read it, enjoy!!! :) By: Tatum Hodges*
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book for Literature Circles in my fourth grade classroom. My students loved the book, as did I. It has fabulous learning lessons and wonderful vocabulary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a chicken who is afraid of everything. It's not really about a chicken, but you get my point. He makes a list about every thing he is afraid of, and it has about 100 things, not kidding! This book had a weak plot, and very weak ending. It was recomended to me by the SC Junior Book Award Nominee list. I was completely let down. It took me forever to finish because it was so boring, but in the end I finally got to the last page. But I do have one good thing to say about this book, it had a great example of how your parents can influence how you judge other people when growing up in a racest household.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book very much. It's mostly about a boy would is afraid of some bullies in his nieghborhood and then Gabe(the boy) and his friend waste their summer trying stupidly face all of their fears.