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The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
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Aug 27, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in August, 2011

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.

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