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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
Rating:*****
Tags:realistic fiction

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Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (1993)

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Listened to the audiobook, which is one of the most poorly done audiobooks since Uglies, but the story is excellent. EXCELLENT. Brawny learning disabled student physically weak genius = Freak the Mighty. Required reading for our 6th graders, and I can see why. LOVED it. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
I'm not sure that the adults around Max really thought he would be like his father, but it is amazing what kids pick up on. I loved watching the two boys, Max and Kevin, look out for each other and help each other become more. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Aug 2, 2015 |
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick; from prior to LT; (5*)

I loved this Y/A book about a boy, large for his age but slow, and a boy, small for his age, physically handicapped & ill with Morquio syndrome but extremely bright & imaginative.
I loved how the they met, slowly became friends and eventually became 'one'.
Max and Kevin, to become Mighty & Freak, became friends over the book & reading of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
This is a heartwarming book with a bit of the coming of age. It is happy and yet sad at the same time. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The ending will grab you by your heartstrings. It did mine.
  rainpebble | Jul 22, 2015 |
In my opinion, Freak the Mighty was an interesting book. I liked the plot of the story. It narrated the adventures of Kevin the “Freak” and Max, the “Mighty”. It follows their journey during the summer they met, the school year, and the summer after. It had twists and turns that I didn’t expect. For example, I didn’t expect Max’s dad, Killer Kane, to break into his house and kidnap Max. I also didn’t expect Loretta Lee to help Max instead of Killer Kane. I definitely didn’t expect Kevin to die at the end of the book. I also liked the character development of Freak and Mighty as the story progressed. Initially, Kevin and Max were two different entities, but slowly became one person, Freak the Mighty. They were no longer picked on, and became great friends. Finally, I liked the big idea of the story, which was hope. We didn’t find out until the end that Kevin thinking he was getting bionic body parts was a tall tale, but that glimmer of hope helped these two characters grow throughout the book. Max switched from a disabled learning classroom environment to an accelerated level class. Kevin gained socialization skills. Even though he died, I believe that Max will continue to write down the adventures he takes. ( )
  AliciaTrotman | May 11, 2015 |
Absolutely love this book. This heart wrenching novel teaches the beautiful meaning of true friendship. These two boys, both feeling left out and alone, become the best of friends and go on many adventures together. Freak, the nickname of one of the boys, is handicapped, but that doesn't stop Max, the other boy, from being his friend. When freak dies from his disease, he leaves Max a journal to write all of their adventures in. This book would be perfect for 7th and 8th graders. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Apr 29, 2015 |
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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.
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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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