Gabriel King believes he was born chicken. He's afraid of spiders, corpses, loose cows, and just about everything related to the fifth grade. If it's a choice between graduating or staying in the fourth grade forever, he's going to stay put-only his best friend, Frita Wilson, won't hear of it. "Gabe," says Frita, "we got to do something about you." When Frita makes up her mind, she's like a locomotive-there's no stopping her. "First, you're going to make a list. Write down everything you're afraid of." Gabe's list is a lot longer than he'd like Frita to know. Plus, he can't quite figure out how tackling his fears will make him brave. Surely jumping off the rope swing over the catfish pond can only lead to certain death...?ut maybe Frita knows what she's doing. It turns out she's got her own list, and while she's watching Gabe face all his fears, she's avoiding the fear that scares her the most. With wisdom and clarity, K. L. Going explores the nature of fear in what should be an idyllic summer for two friends from different backgrounds. For them, living in a small town in Georgia with an active Ku Klux Klan, the summer of 1976 is a momentous one. It's the summer they discover what courage is all about.
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"Adults should prepare to listen to this marvelous book with as much fascination as older children and young adults. Rob Keefe manages to embody a fifth-grade white boy and black girl, their parents, the girl's tough older brother, and some very scary sixth-grade and adult Ku Klux Clan members. He does all this without ever overdoing the accents or speech patterns; it's a subtle and fine performance of a very fine book. Gabriel King of the title is a fourth-grader determined not to enter fifth grade, for it will put him within striking distance of those awful sixth-graders. His best friend, Frita, decides to help Gabe face his fears and, in the process, triumphs over her own. We all learn that one can be scared and brave at the same time. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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