The Liberation of Gabriel King is a novel that is thematically very rich yet written in language that is accessible to readers at all levels.
I highly recommend it for grade 5 and grade 6 literature circles. One of the more prominent themes in the novel is racism. With that in mind, sensitivity is required when previewing/introducing the book. The cultural perspective of people in that place and time, Georgia, 1976, becomes an important main idea.
When I created this webquest, I experimented with different words and sentence structures so that the (Flesch-Kincaid formula) text would not exceed a sixth grade reading level. In this way, the research project pairs with the readability of the text.
Grade Level Equivalent: 4.5. Lexile® measure: 780L. DRA: 34-38