||My best friend, Frita Wilson, once told me that some people were born chicken.||"Ain't nothing gonna make them brave," she'd said. "But others, they just need a little liberatin', that's all." Least that's how Frita told it.
||With Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign in the background, this moving story about friendship, liberation, and racial prejudice is set in a tiny Georgia town. Gabriel King, a white boy afraid of almost everything--from being late for school to robots that kill--and his smart, adventurous best friend, Frita Wilson, the only black girl in their class, make a pack to get over all their fears to help Gabe feel ready for fifth grade. As the summer progresses the two slowly whittle away at their lists, discovering that not only must they be brave, but that their courage can help change a whole community.
||Wanting to help her friend face his fears, Frita Wilson makes a plan for Gabriel King that she is certain will help him get over his many phobias, yet when racism rears its ugly head in their small town in 1976 Georgia, fearless Frita discovers that Gabe has all the strength, courage, and conviction in the world when it comes down to what truly matters.