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Freak the Mighty (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Freak the Mighty (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Rodman Philbrick, W. R. Philbrick

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Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. He’s a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding the world. But when a new kid moves in next door Max’s life changes forever. The two outcasts form the ‘normal’ world team up to become


Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. He’s a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding the world. But when a new kid moves in next door Max’s life changes forever. The two outcasts form the ‘normal’ world team up to become “Freak the Mighty.”

Like knights of old they defend the weak, right every wrong–and solve the mystery of Max’s past. Proving once and for all that courage comes in all sizes.

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 - 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."
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.
School Library Journal - 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
Stephanie Zvirin
Whether he's called Mad Max, that "retard," or the son of Killer Kane, Maxwell Kane has never been free of his father's reputation. If that's not bad enough, he's also inherited his father's looks and build. For an eighth-grader, Max is big, which makes him feel even worse--enormous as well as dumb and tainted. Things begin to change for Max, however, when Kevin, born with a birth defect that's stunted his growth, moves in down the street. The boys become friends. With Kevin, who's brilliant, providing the brains and imagination and Max providing the locomotion, the boys unite to become "Freak the Mighty" and venture out on "quests" around the neighborhood. It's on one of these outings that they meet Loretta and the menacing Iggy, who knows Max's father. What happens next is a shock: the poignant story about friendship and identity turns chilling and then horrifying when Killer Kane comes back and kidnaps his son. It's only after the suspense dies down that we think about the implausibility of what's gone on, and by that time, Philbrick's already moved on to Kevin's inevitable death and Max's breakdown. Yet, if events don't always ring true, there's honest affection in the boys' friendship--Kevin is clever, brave, and a good teacher for Max, who gains from the friendship an identity apart from his father for the very first time. Told by Max in retrospect, the story is both riveting and poignant, with solid characters, brisk pacing, and even a little humor to carry us along.

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10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Rodman Philbrick published more than fifteen adult mystery and suspense novels before writing Freak the Mighty. He and his wife, novelist Lynn Harnett, divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys.

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Freak the Mighty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 319 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
TonyGlassface More than 1 year ago
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.
Cookie642 More than 1 year ago
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.
Britt_S More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie isnt half as good as the book. Max the mighty is the second book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could really relate to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Used with 8th grade boys with reading problems; held their attention and even got some chuckles out of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOOK HERE! ...Did I get your attention? Good, keep it that way. You've started reading, now don't stop. EH! I see you already starting to scroll down, you little rebel, you. Now, the book. Just read this review. Any others, and you'll get spoiled. Freak The Mighty is a book about two completely opposite eigth graders who form a surprising, unbreakable friendship. Whether it's saving a fair dame or eating hot dogs, Freak The Mighty walks on top of the world. This book is perfect for anybody. Old or young, dislikes reading or loves it. All in all, you have to read this book. Get it? Got it? Good. But I won't force you to buy it. Or maybe I will. Or.. Bleh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book it was really
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for 7th grader!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is Great!Perfect for all ages, Freak The Mighty is a heartfelt touching story that keeps you reading until the end!
13lightadam More than 1 year ago
Freak the Might by Rodman Philbrick The introduction of this particular story doesn't necessarily give the whole idea of the theme of the book . It kind of dives immediately into the story about these two friends that over come disadvantages. Freak is a little boy that has Morquio. His real name is Kevin and has a friend named Maxwell and he has dyslexia. The reason why they became friends was because they were always getting picked on at school. Maxwell's dad is in jail because he did something bad. Maxwell lives with is grandparents Grim and Gram. The characters are Maxwell, Kevin, Fair Gwen, Grim, Gram, and Maxwell's dad. It is about two boys with disadvantages and something big happens at about the end of the story. The setting is in a little town. The theme is in an old city. The writing is fiction. Again Freak is a little boy with a disease and his friend Maxwell has dyslexia. Maxwell and Freak became friends because they got made fun of. They both help each other out. Again this book is good for little kids and a book to maybe start a book club. The reason why I liked this book was because it was pretty interesting. There were some parts I was really wanting to figure out what happened before it happened. Another reason why I liked the story was because I was on the edge of my seat. I liked the book more in 6th grade rather than junior high. Review by Adam Romano
S_SOA More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It will leave you crying. It will make you smile. It will make you laugh. This is the best book i have ever read. It is about a boy named Max and he is 5'10" and he meets this boy named Kevin (Freak). They become best friends and can't get away from each other. People make fun of them but they move on. Then it's Kevin's birthday party. And a fatal accident occurs. You have to read it to get more details. This book made my day and will teach you lessons. It taught me lessons. To not make fun of people because they might come back in a worse way. If you are having problems in life, read this book. It will make you feel either better or worse about yourself. By, Omar P.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I didn't know there was a book and after reading it, it's pretty good. There are some scenes that are in the film and others that were left out or rearranged differently. Usually the book is better but I like the movie more. Don't let that stop you from reading the book though, it explains more things that the film. Overall both the book and film are worth checking out.
ReadingChick More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who has a disability and he meets another boy who has learning difficulties. They become great friends and overcome some hardships. It was a great book that taught a good lesson. If you have ever felt different than others, this would be a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Freak the Mighty is about a tall kid named Max who befriends a genius named Kevin who has Morquio Syndrom. They go on many adventures, which are really just walks all over their town with Freak (Kevin) riding on Mighty's (Max's) shoulders. They run into trouble mulitiple times. For example, Max's dad, Kenny Kane, who is in prison for killing Max's mother, gets out of prison on parole and kidnaps Max. The book was well written and uses a lot of figurative language. Rodman Philbrick creates characters with complicated pasts that many kids have. The plot of the story is a little unlikely, but it could happen. Also, it's very original.The setting is in a city that is growing like any other city. I would recommind this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Max and Kevin are two completely opposite kids who become friends and make the story of Freak The Mighty come alive. The plot was clever. A physicaly disabled teenage boy, moves next to a huge teenage boy, and they go on adventures together, and get in trouble with Max's murderous father. The setting fit the story well. They start off in the summer, that's when Max and Kevin meet, and that's when they do most of their adventures, which makes sense. All the main characters were well described. I could really invision them as I read, which helped me get into the book. The pacing was a little fast. It seemed to be over as fast as it started. Kevin, though he was a very tiny, and physicaly disabled boy, seemed to stand up for himself better than Max did, who was a huge kid. That helped show that just because you look a certain way doesn't mean people should judge you, because you could be way different than they think.