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Rodman Philbrick

Author of Freak the Mighty

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About the Author

Rodman Philbrick is an outstanding author who has won the prestigious American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick Awards. Freak the Mighty has been made into a Hollywood film. Author location: USA


Works by Rodman Philbrick

Freak the Mighty (1993) 4,615 copies
The Last Book in the Universe (2000) 1,486 copies
The Young Man And The Sea (2004) 883 copies
Max The Mighty (1998) 603 copies
Wildfire: A Novel (2019) 470 copies
The Fire Pony (1996) 307 copies
Wild River (2021) 146 copies
The Big Dark (2016) 143 copies
REM World (2000) 137 copies
Coffins (2002) 63 copies
Abduction (1998) 41 copies
Things (Visitors, Book II) (1997) 36 copies
We Own the Sky (2022) 24 copies
Ice for the Eskimo (Signet) (1986) 12 copies
The Big Chip (Tempus) (1990) 9 copies
Neon Flamingo (Stash) (1987) 6 copies
Brothers & Sinners (1993) 4 copies
Crystal Blue Persuasion (1988) 4 copies
Walk on the Water (1991) 3 copies
Dark Matter (2000) 2 copies
Nine Levels Down (2012) 1 copy
Slow Dancer (1984) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Ultimate Dracula (1991) — Contributor — 488 copies
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe (1988) — Contributor, some editions — 203 copies
Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Contributor — 124 copies
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1992) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Black Moon (1989) — Contributor — 29 copies


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Even though I truly enjoyed this story, I'm going to start off with a bummer. David Shannon, what were you thinking with the cover art? Homer looks like a young girly, doofy Severus Snape. Not a fan.

Moving on, there are many things to love about Homer P. Figg. He's an orphan from Maine (and a world class fibber) who worships his older brother and caretaker Harold. So when Harold is forced to join the army and fight in the Civil War, Homer sets off to rescue him.

In his travels Homer comes across two evil slave catchers, a rich Quaker named Mr. Brewster who houses a station for the Underground Railroad, a couple of scheming con artists, a group of medicine show performers, a hot air balloon captain, and lots of young soldiers. He's driven by his love for his brother and it leads him all the way to the Battle of Gettysburg.

This books moves fast. It has both humor and horror, plus a lot of rich historical detail. Super highly recommended.
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LibrarianDest | 55 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
EducatingParents.org rating: Approved
Historical Fiction: 1863

Louisa Knight's review on Goodreads.com -
This book kind of reminded me of the Whipping Boy, and how the main character keeps falling in with the wrong crowd in his attempt to rescue his brother. On that count, and due to the people he falls in with in this book, I'd say this is for a slightly older crowd perhaps, though it's still not exactly "mature" content...

It's definitely action packed and told somewhat light-heartedly. And with the given title, you know the story is supposed to sound just a little far-fetched.

Ages: 12+

Cleanliness: Blacks are called "darkies" and the boy is reprimanded for using that term. The book talks about slavery - the details are not too mature. There is drinking and smoking. There are liars, thieves and scoundrels in this story - none of them are shown in a positive light, except maybe Homer who is a good liar and tells lies to escape. There is a woman covered in tattoos.
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MamaBearLendingDen | 55 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
This book is about a boy named Max Kane who doesn't fit in. Max lives with his grandparents, Grim and Gram. After his friend known as Freak died, he forms a friendship with a little girl. He rescues this little girl from abuse. Max and the girl go on the run from the cops and other authority figures.
StephanieAllery | 7 other reviews | Feb 20, 2023 |



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