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Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Freak The Mighty (original 1993; edition 2001)

by Rodman Philbrick

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Title:Freak The Mighty
Authors:Rodman Philbrick
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2001), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:realistic fiction

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Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (1993)

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I would use this book in a seventh or eighth grade classroom due to the vocabulary contend and some of the subjects that are discussed in the book. This book has some very dark scenes and little kids would not be able to easily follow along with the story. The story is incredibly relatable because most students have been affected by bulling in some way, shape, or form. There are themes of friendship and overcoming major trials. The book confronts stereotypes of obese people, the mentally handicapped, and the physically disabled. The text would create very thoughtful group discussions about these issues and the trials that the characters go through.
  jthodesen01 | Feb 17, 2017 |
Freak the Mighty could be used with 4th and 5th graders as a read aloud book. This book deals with tough subjects, such as death, murder, bullying and disabilities, which would be difficult for younger children. This book could be used to teach character development, as the characters change throughout the story. This book could also teach plot and recognizing main event because the book has clear events that occur and develops a steady course of the book with shocking twists. Vocabulary is a big part of the book with Kevin using large words and looking them up in his dictionary, it could be used to teach vocabulary. This book could also be used for 7th graders as an independent read. It is written at a 7th level and has an engaging story line.
  MeredithCox | Feb 12, 2017 |

This book focuses on two characters. A boy who has several learning disabilities and a boy who is very intelligent, but suffers from physical disabilities and wears leg braces. These two completely different boys end up forming a unique and unbreakable bond. They both share experiences dealing with bullies. They bond together to conquer several obstacles throughout the book.

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I absolutely love this story. It pulls at the heart strings and makes you feel good. This book focuses on issues of low self-esteem issues, disabilities, and bullying. This book is a wonderful example of perseverance.

Classroom Extension:

1.Have students create their own dictionary as Freak did. Have create their own meanings to different words.
2. Hold a group discussion of bullying. Have students walk up to another student and describe five positive things about them.
3. Create a journal activity where students are to create an adventure that they could go on with a friend. Have them describe how they conquered a problem during the adventure. ( )
  cwarren0123 | Oct 26, 2016 |
This is the first book that my son Matt is reading in 7th grade English. My older son loved it when he read it, so I decided to give it a quick listen. I loved the friendship that developed between Max and Kevin, two boys who don't fit in. Max's father is in prison for killing his mother, and Kevin is trapped in a body that is much too small for his oversized mind. Together, however, they become Freak the Mighty bringing out the best in each other, even when the odds are stacked against them. ( )
  porch_reader | Sep 3, 2016 |
Very good - quick read. Sweet story. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
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To the real Kevin, and the real Gwen, with love.
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I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that's the truth, the whole truth.
So out we go. It's a habit by now, Freak riding up high on my shoulders and using his little feet to steer me if I forget where we're going.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439286069, Paperback)

Two boys – a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces – forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. (Made into the film, The Mighty.) * \u201cA wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.\u201d – School Library Journal, starred review \u201cCompelling…written with energy and…humor.\u201d – The Bulletin for the Center of Children\u2019s Books

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At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. An established writer of adult suspense makes a stunning entry into children's literature with this extraordinary novel about two boys--a slow learner too large for his age, and a tiny, crippled genius--who pair up to create on formidable human force.… (more)

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