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Freak the Mighty (Scholastic Gold) (original 1993; edition 2001)

by Rodman Philbrick (Author)

Series: Freak the Mighty (book 1)

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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.
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Title:Freak the Mighty (Scholastic Gold)
Authors:Rodman Philbrick (Author)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2001), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (1993)

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    Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (weener)
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    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Whisper1)
    Whisper1: This books is similar in humor and poignancy.
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While this review indicates a 2019 read date, I have read it every year since then.

I read this over and over in middle school. Freak and I had so much in common! Not the same condition, though. I was a sick kid who is now a sick adult, but thanks to Disability Twitter and Disability YouTube, I have a community. I didn't before, so I lived vicariously through Freak, or tried. When I read this again today as an adult, I thought I'd pick up on things differently. Not really. The book is accessible to both kids and adults, which feels kind of rare. I admire the author for this. The movie adaptation is really faithful and it was so great to see the book come to life. The author's fine with it, even. I watched some of his videos on YouTube. The book warmed my heart, made me laugh, gave me hope, made me nervous and scared, then broke my heart. I remembered everything that happened but oh, I was still so sad. As an adult, I realized something I hadn't as a kid: Freak knew. He knew the whole time, and he made up an elaborate story to cope. I have so many feelings. I'm so glad this book was written, that I read it as a kid, and now. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 23, 2022 |
This book is a great book for middle school students and I have used it used in my classroom to teach many issues such as: friendship, bullying, and confidence. The plot keeps their attention and there are many good activities to keep them engaged. ( )
  miamay | Nov 5, 2021 |
A great friendship book, everyone should read it! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Mar 23, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Orig. publ. as Freak the mighty. Film tie-in edition. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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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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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.

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Opposites Attract.
Never judge a friend by looks
alone. Heart matters.

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