Freak the Mighty 20th Anniversary Edition

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A 20th anniversary edition honors this unforgettable, classic story of two boys who are teased and harassed until they join forces and become invincible. Now with thirty-two pages of added content!

It has been twenty years--and more than two million copies, eight foreign editions, and a popular Miramax feature film--since the world was introduced to this powerful story of a unique friendship between a troubled, oversized boy and the tiny, physically challenged genius who proves...

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Overview


A 20th anniversary edition honors this unforgettable, classic story of two boys who are teased and harassed until they join forces and become invincible. Now with thirty-two pages of added content!

It has been twenty years--and more than two million copies, eight foreign editions, and a popular Miramax feature film--since the world was introduced to this powerful story of a unique friendship between a troubled, oversized boy and the tiny, physically challenged genius who proves that courage comes in all sizes. This simple yet timeless story explores many themes, including bullying--an important topic in today's schools. Now we have a new edition to celebrate this poignant novel's success.

Thirty-two pages of new content offers: extensive Q&A with the Newbery Honor-winning author; letters between the author and fans; author's exclusive commentary on the film, THE MIGHTY, and the book's effect on a generation of readers; and the original text.

Perfect for teachers, librarians, and perennial fans, this anniversary edition is also a spectacular introduction for new readers. FREAK THE MIGHTY is sure to remain fresh, dramatic, and memorable for the next twenty years and beyond!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Rodman Philbrick

FREAK THE MIGHTY
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
An IRA Young Adults' Choices Book
A winner of: Arizona Young Readers' Award, California Young Reader Medal, Charlotte Award, Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (California), Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming)
* "Max's description of their friendship . . . is gritty, unsentimental, sparked with Freak's wry verbal wit and Max's earthier humor, and ultimately poignant. Easily read but compelling: an intriguing and unusual story."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG
A Newbery Honor Book
A Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
A New York Public Library's CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2009--100 TITLES FOR READING AND SHARING
A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010
* "The book wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Homer's tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA
A Capitol Choice
A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book and starred review
"Readers will be hooked."--KIRKUS REVIEWS

THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Book
A National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Notable Book
A YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
"Philbrick has outdone himself. . . . . this futuristic novel will stimulate thought and discussion among contemporary readers."--VOYA

THE FIRE PONY
A Capitol Choice
A Maryland Children's Book Award Winner
* "Crisply eventful, pungent in its descriptions, crackling with action, Philbrick has created a real dilly of a novel."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
"Killer Kane, Killer Kane, had a kid who had no brain." This taunt follows oversized, learning disabled Max Kane throughout his life. It is a reminder that his father, to whom he bears an uncanny resemblance, is locked in prison for murdering Max's mother in front of the four year old boy. Max, now a teen, lives "down under," in his grandparents' basement, friendless and bullied until the arrival of Kevin, who suffers from Morquio dwarfism. Although Kevin is physically crippled, his brain is outsized, full of fantasy and quests on which he can embark from the shoulders of his new friend, Max. Together, the pair is Freak the Mighty, vanquishers of villains and seekers of adventure. Kevin reinforces Max's self-esteem and helps him succeed in school. All is well until Max's father is paroled, unrepentant for past crimes, and Kevin's disease progresses to a point where not even his vast intellect can save him. As it was twenty years ago, this anniversary edition is a moving story with current applications in bullying curricula and discussions of physical difference and disabilities. References to Andre the Giant and The Wonder Years will require explanation for e-book generation readers, and make the book a time piece. The added material, a career retrospective by the author with letters sent to him by faithful readers, sounds very much like a Newbery valedictory address, and will have far more interest to adults than to young readers. The inclusion of letters from young fans often feels a bit mocking of the earnest children who wrote to a favorite author. Surprisingly, only a passing mention is made of The Mighty, a moving 1998 film by Sharon Stone based on the book. If you have serviceable copies of this book in your collection, this is an additional purchase. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545566452
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 133,625
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Rodman Philbrick’s most recent novel, THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG, was set during the Civil War. It received numerous awards and was chosen as a Newbery Honor Book. His first book for young readers, FREAK THE MIGHTY, was an immediate bestseller and continues to be a classic, having sold more than two million copies. Philbrick’s novels regularly receive starred reviews, state awards, and multiple citations. His highly acclaimed titles include THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA; THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE; and THE FIRE PONY. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and Florida.
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