Freak the Mighty

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Dumb, stupid, and slow. All Max's life, he'd been called these names, and it didn't help that people were afraid of him. So Max learned to be alone--at least until Freak came along. Together, they were Freak the Mighty. A major motion picture from Miramax Films starring Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands, and Harry Dean Stanton. January 1998 publication date. Unabridged. 2 cassettes.

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose ...

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Dumb, stupid, and slow. All Max's life, he'd been called these names, and it didn't help that people were afraid of him. So Max learned to be alone--at least until Freak came along. Together, they were Freak the Mighty. A major motion picture from Miramax Films starring Sharon Stone, Gena Rowlands, and Harry Dean Stanton. January 1998 publication date. Unabridged. 2 cassettes.

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two eighth-grade misfits-one physically impaired, the other with a learning disability-become fast friends in a story PW found ``choked with clichs and stereotypes.'' Ages 10-14. (May)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Two other heroes become larger than life in Freak the Mighty when Max Kane, a boy of big stature and slow mind meets Kevin, a dwarf with genius ability. Max puts Kevin on his shoulders, and they become victorious against drug addicts, bullies and killers. They seem almost invincible until the book's end where the upbeat writing and unlikely heroism rescues the novel from sadness.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Big, dumb Max and little, brainy Freak become unlikely best friends in Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty. Like knights in the Arthurian legends Freak loves, they battle bullies, including Max's felon father. When Freak's strange disease finally claims him, Max is able to say good-bye and continue with a new sense of his own worth, thanks to his friend. This powerful novel is the basis for the movie "The Mighty."
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss. Large, awkward, learning-disabled Maxwell Kane, whose father is in prison for murdering his mother, and crippled, undersized Kevin are both mocked by their peers; the cruel taunting they endure is all too realistic and believable. The boys establish a friendship-and a partnership. Kevin defends them with his intelligence, while Max is his friend's ``legs,'' affording him a chance to participate in the larger world. Inspired by tales of King Arthur, they become knights fighting for good and true causes. But Kevin's illness progresses, and when he dies, Max is left with the memories of an extraordinary relationship and, perhaps, the insight to think positively about himself and his future. The author writes with empathy, honoring the possibilities of even peripheral characters; Kevin and Max are memorable and luminous. Many YA novels deal with the effects of a friend dying, but this one is somewhat different and very special.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780746062531
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 9/3/2004
  • Edition description: New

Meet the Author


Rodman Philbrick is the author of six award-winning novels for young readers. His first novel, Freak the Mighty, won the California Young Reader Medal. It was received with great acclaim and has sold more than a million copies. The sequel, Max the Mighty, received starred reviews, and his novel The Fire Pony was named a 1996 Capital Choice. His more recent books for the Blue Sky Press are REM World; The Last Book in the Universe, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Young Man and the Sea, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. He and his wife live in Maine and the Florida Keys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    This book is great, you really need to read this.

    Freak the Mighty is about two children who are kind of freaks but find the good in each other and become bestfriends.They go on tons of exciting adventures. There are secrets,thrills,and interesting twists. Read this book to find out what I mean.
    I liked this book very much. It kept me interested the whole time i was reading this book. It has adventures,friendship,happiness saddness,and everything in between. There was nothing in this book i didnt like. I recommened this book for everyone. I give this book a five star rating.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Wonderful Book About Being Different

    This book was assigned summer 2008 reading for my soon-to-be 7th grader. The book report was due on the first day of school. He enjoyed it and so did I. We are now reading "Max the Mighty,' the sequel to "Freak the Mighty."Read on.If you know a kid who is a little different, may be has a learning disability, this is a great book for him or her.If you know a kid who thinks everybody is the same and his or her viewpoint is all that matters, this is a good book. for him or her.If you know someone who wants to laugh and cry while they read. Get lost in the story and not wonder how many pages it is, this a good book for him or her.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Love it!!

    I, like many others, had to read this for school. It is awesome!! Fun, filled with adventure, and just cool. The launguge is not the best, but the rest is great. I love this book.


    Warning SPOILER ALRET!!!!!





    The end is VERY sad...

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2010

    great!

    This book is wonderful! I read it with my fifth grade students as a read aloud as they all read along in their own books. There are many different topics and lessons that can be used in this book. In addition, I used this book for a realistic fiction unit and paired it with our realistic fiction writing piece. This book is funny, because it is from the point of view from an eighth grade student. The students loved reading a book from this point of view. Not only is this book hilarious, but it is touching, serious and deals with real life situations that many urban children can relate to. In the end, the students and I loved this book and highly recommend it to students aged 10 and up. It was a wonderful book!!!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Best Book Ever!!!

    I had to read this book for shool, and thought it was going to be boring at first, but once I started reading it I couldn't stop. It is a really inspiring and sad book at the same time, but it portrays the moral thet friendship comes in all sizes. Very good book, I recommend it highly.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Freak the Mighty is a story about a colossal boy named Maxwell m

    Freak the Mighty is a story about a colossal boy named Maxwell meeting a really smart kid, whose name is Kevin Avery, who loves stories about King Arthurs and the Knights of the Round Table. Together, they go on quests and do stuff like they would in Camelot. They go on quest together, like their first quest, they had rescue a woman’s purse and return it to her. Kevin and Maxwell, or Freak the Mighty, goes on many different quests in the story.

    There are a lot of times that I laughed when I read this book, and there were some sad parts. Also, during one of the climatic parts, it gets a bit shocking. I learned the truth of stuff that had happened before the book started. I was a bit saddened at the end when, well, you should read the book for yourself to find out. Overall, I do really like the book. Once I had gotten to the rising action part, I couldn’t stop reading. I would defiantly recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories that are as good as this one is.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    great for middle school readers

    Used with 8th grade boys with reading problems; held their attention and even got some chuckles out of them.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Good

    I like the book it was really

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Amazing but sad

    The movie isnt half as good as the book.
    Max the mighty is the second book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!!!

    Wonderful, heartwarming story of opposites attracting and finding some common ground. The main characters reflect the atmosphere of schools and friendships today. Wonderful, wonderful story. I used this story as a Readers theater piece.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2009

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    Great book

    I had to read this book for school and it was one of the best books I had to read for school ever! It starts out fun, gets scary, and then shocks you with a super sad ending. I can't wait to read Max the Mighty, the next book in the series. I recommend this book for everyone. All ages. This is a GREAT book! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    This is a great book

    I really like this book it's sad and funny.It is sad that freak dies at the end though.I wish freak didn't die.Over all great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    freak the mighty is a very heartfelt story of two friends. in th

    freak the mighty is a very heartfelt story of two friends. in this story, max, a very dum witted boy, meets a boy named kevin, a young genius. the plot of this story is, to have friends that you can lean on. in the story, max and kevin go on fake quest, and face from the bully,tony d.together as a team, and that is ho ' freak the mighty ' started. this story takes place in a small neighborhood, which kevin and max live in. the conflict in this story is , kevins disabilitie, the resolution is , max helping kevin, and letting kevin ride high on his shoulders. - levi lewis

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

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    In answer to the question about freaks death, assuming u mean how he died, he had marquio syndrome. His insides were growing 2 fast 4 his outsides. Imagine your insides growing bigger than your outsides. It would probably kill u or at least paralize u. It killed freak.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Great book

    This is a great book. At first I did not really like the book. But then it was a book I could not put down. I would recomend this book to someone who is having trouble in life or is getting bullied. This is one of my favorite books,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Great for 8th Graders!

    I could really relate to this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Freak the Mighty

    Great book for 7th grader!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book!

    This Book is Great!Perfect for all ages, Freak The Mighty is a heartfelt touching story that keeps you reading until the end!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Okaaay Book.

    I didn't really like this book. I had to read it for school. MY type of books are the more glamorous books., but this is not a horriable book at all. I sujest this book to people who like science fiction.!

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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