©2005 K.L. Going; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Strong voice, lively dialogue, humor, and important themes make this a winner." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The characters here are funny and brave and drawn with candor and immediacy." (Booklist)
This book is great for teaching kids that the civil rights movement is more than just Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. The Liberation of Gabriel King uses a light touch to introduce kids to the Black Panthers, the KKK, and the peanut farmer who won the presidency after America lost faith in the office. The real message of the book, however, about overcoming your fears to stand up to bullies and the power of friendship.
What would your list of fears include? Spiders? Jumping off the high branch into the creek far below? Or perhaps the Klu Klux Klan on your door step? Are you ready to face your fears with two Georgia kids in the hot summer of 1970?
We listened to this story on a recent road trip and all four of us - a 10 year old boy who likes hard core adventure and fantasy, a 9 year girl who likes gentle, realistic stories and both parents, loved it. It is a wonderful mix of memorable characters, thought provoking situations and just the right amount of tension. The narrator does a wonderful job. Highly recommended.
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