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Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. And he is used to everyone laughing at him. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But Greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the w Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. And he is used to everyone laughing at him. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But Greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the world. "This tale of the underdog is a truly moving modern classic – read it NOW" - tbk Magazine


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Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. And he is used to everyone laughing at him. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But Greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the w Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. And he is used to everyone laughing at him. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But Greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the world. "This tale of the underdog is a truly moving modern classic – read it NOW" - tbk Magazine

30 review for Freak the Mighty

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    Freak the Mighty is a tear jerking story about two total opposites that become best friends. The 2 main characters, Max and Kevin a.k.a Freak the Mighty lead amazing unpredictable lives, they went on quests and fought dragons. The book is very good, the action really ramps up toward the end leading to a sad but satisfying ending. The ending is satisfying because once you've finished the book you immediately realize that you have just read something that you will always remember as one of the bes Freak the Mighty is a tear jerking story about two total opposites that become best friends. The 2 main characters, Max and Kevin a.k.a Freak the Mighty lead amazing unpredictable lives, they went on quests and fought dragons. The book is very good, the action really ramps up toward the end leading to a sad but satisfying ending. The ending is satisfying because once you've finished the book you immediately realize that you have just read something that you will always remember as one of the best books you've read in your life. This book taught me that I must value my friends and live life to the fullest I love this story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Constantine

    I teach Junior high (7th/8th grade) literature and this is my first review of a book that I utilize in my classroom. I think it is a remarkable example of literary workmanship. I'd estimate that I've read it aloud to my students some 40 to 50 times now..(two/three times a year for 18 years)...and yet I still find new aspects to savor everytime I immerse myself in the journey that begins with:"I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while and that's the truth, the w I teach Junior high (7th/8th grade) literature and this is my first review of a book that I utilize in my classroom. I think it is a remarkable example of literary workmanship. I'd estimate that I've read it aloud to my students some 40 to 50 times now..(two/three times a year for 18 years)...and yet I still find new aspects to savor everytime I immerse myself in the journey that begins with:"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. The unvanquished truth...." This book is my sure fire,reel 'em in, can't lose, heart ripping, rollicking, tear jerking, laugh provoking, page turning miracle of a book that has always worked in my classroom. When I'm reading this to and with my class,the kids are right there with me, eyes on the page, totally absorbed in the text. I've never had a kid say he/she didn't like it/love it (some 1500 hard to impress, hard to hook, and, for the most part, struggling, reluctant readers over the course of my tenure here at Richgrove Junior High). Thank you Rodman Philbrick!!! I only wish you could see,hear,and feel the intense emotional atmosphere in my classroom as I read the section wherein Max screams out his pent up rage and agony...opening the door to his repressed chidhood nightmare and confronting the evil that "Preacher" Killer Kane has wrought in his life.You could,quite literally, hear a pin drop in my room at this moment....I always pause at the line where the light is fading from ghost/mother's eyes. Truly dramatic...not melodramatic as one reviewer suggested. Yes, there is much palpable darkness in this book...but there is compensation in in the exqusite light that emmanates from these pages, too. A beautifully wrought dance of darkness and light. Wisdom abounds in passages like these: "Pain is just a state of mind. You can think your way out of everything, even pain." “...remembering is a great invention of the mind, and if you try hard enough you can remember anything, whether it really happened or not.” “You don't need a time machine if you know how to remember.” "...I also read tons of books so I can figure out what's true and what's fake, which isn't always easy. Books are like truth serum--if you don't read, you can't figure out what's real.” "Life is dangerous" .... The characterization in this novel is impeccabble and brilliant...the thematic content is deep and rich, the plot intriguing...foreshadowing and flashback are abundant but not overbearing,philbrick's diction is perfectly in tune with the characters.The book can serve a biblio-therapeutic role too. Can you tell how much I've come to treasure this little novel "for Kids" ? I could go on....and on. I won't. I'll just continue to look forward to teaching it to my students each year...for as long as i continue to teach....maybe another 50 times????

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Freak the Mighty (Freak the Mighty #1), Rodman Philbrick Freak the Mighty is a young adult novel by Rodman Philbrick. Published in 1993, it was followed by the novel Max the Mighty in 1998. The primary characters are friends Maxwell Kane, a large, very slow, but kind-hearted boy, and Kevin Avery, nicknamed "Freak", who is physically handicapped but very intelligent. Kevin is diagnosed with Morquio syndrome. In the beginning of the book, Maxwell Kane is a young boy with low self-esteem. He lives Freak the Mighty (Freak the Mighty #1), Rodman Philbrick Freak the Mighty is a young adult novel by Rodman Philbrick. Published in 1993, it was followed by the novel Max the Mighty in 1998. The primary characters are friends Maxwell Kane, a large, very slow, but kind-hearted boy, and Kevin Avery, nicknamed "Freak", who is physically handicapped but very intelligent. Kevin is diagnosed with Morquio syndrome. In the beginning of the book, Maxwell Kane is a young boy with low self-esteem. He lives with his grandfather, Grim, and grandmother, Gram. Max thinks of himself as a butthead. People are afraid of him because he looks like his father, Kenneth "Killer" Kane, a convicted murderer. Max sets the stage for the story by reminiscing about his time in daycare, when he had met a boy named Kevin, or Freak, as their classmates called him. Kevin has Morquio syndrome, wears leg braces and uses crutches, and thinks of himself as a robot and is bullied by many bigger kids due to his short height. However, Max likes Kevin and thinks the crutches and leg braces are neat. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سیزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2007 میلادی عتوان: گوژپشت نیرومند ؛نوینده: رودمن فیلبریک؛ مترجم: گیتا گرکانی؛ تهران، کاروان، 1385، در 224 ص؛ تهران، نشر هیرمند؛ 1385، در ؟ ص؛ شابک: 9789648497458؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، علمی فرنگی؛ 1395؛ شابک: 9786008267256؛ موضوع: کتاب درمانی از نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م داستان اين كتاب درباره «ماکس (مکس)» است که هیکل بسیار بزرگی دارد و کم هوش است و بچه های هم سن و سالش را کتک میزند و با پدرو مادربزرگش زندگی میکند ...؛ ماکس میگوید: «من هرگز مغز نداشتم، تا آنکه گوژپشت آمد و اجازه داد مدتی مغز او را قرض بگیرم، و این حقیقت است، تمام حقیقت». پایان نقل. «ماکسول»، معروف به «ماکس دیوانه»، پسر «کین» قاتل است و اگر راستش را بخواهید، با آن هیکل گنده و بدترکیب، با پدر زندانی‌ خویش مو نمینزند. اما «کوین» گوژپشت که بود؟ و چرا «ماکس» اجازه میداد، بر روی شانه‌ هایش سوار شود؟ کتاب «گوژپشت نیرومند» شاهکاری ادبی و روانشناسانه، از: «رودمن فیلبریک» است. داستان، به روایت زندگی نوجوانی میپردازد، که ضربه ی روحی بسیار سنگینی را در کودکی دریافت کرده، و هنوز هم نتوانسته، با آن کنار بیاید. خوانش این کتاب برای کودکان و نوجوانانی که تجربه عاطفی سختی را پشت سر گذاشته اند، و در پذیرش آن با مشکل مواجه هستند، و یا بخشی از گذشته ی دردناک خود را انکار میکنند، توصیه میشود. جذابیت کم مانند کتاب، و ساختار روانشناسانه نیرومند آن، خوانش آنرا برای همه ی سنین دلچسب میکند. کتاب، جایزه ی بهترین کتاب نوجوانان برگزیده ی انجمن کتابداران آمریکا را از آن خود کرده است. ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

    When one of my students looks me in the eye and tells me that I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. You read that book. So glad I did.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenna

    I don’t have enough words for how much I love this book. It’s real, it’s gritty, it’s intense, inspiring, sad, suspenseful, funny. I could go on and on, but bottom line is this book was phenomenal. This is the story of Max & Kevin aka “Freak the Mighty.” It is told by Max, an overgrown middle school boy. Everyone is afraid of him because he looks so much like his old man, someone you know right away is a very bad guy. He calls himself a butthead, is made fun of at school, and doesn’t have any fr I don’t have enough words for how much I love this book. It’s real, it’s gritty, it’s intense, inspiring, sad, suspenseful, funny. I could go on and on, but bottom line is this book was phenomenal. This is the story of Max & Kevin aka “Freak the Mighty.” It is told by Max, an overgrown middle school boy. Everyone is afraid of him because he looks so much like his old man, someone you know right away is a very bad guy. He calls himself a butthead, is made fun of at school, and doesn’t have any friends. One day Max sees some commotion going on down the street. Next thing I notice is this crippled-up yellow-haired midget kid strutting around the sidewalk, giving orders to the beards. He’s going: “Hey you, Doofus! Yeah, you with the hairy face, take it easy with that box. That box contains a computer, you know what a computer is?” I can’t believe it. By then I’m sneaking along the street to see what’s going on, and there’s this weird-looking little dude, he’s got a normal-sized head, but the rest of him is shorter than a yardstick and kind of twisted in a way that means he can’t stand up straight and makes his chest puff out, and he’s waving his crutches around and yelling up at the movers. ... I go, “I thought there weren’t any real robots. Just in the movies.” Boy does that make his eyes blaze. Like whoa! talk about laser beams! He’s like fuming, so upset he can hardly talk. Finally he gets control of himself and he goes, “I suppose I must make allowances for your ignorance. On the subject of robots you are clearly misinformed." Kevin is a genius, he’s feisty, has a huge vocabulary, is hilarious and just so happens to have a physical disability. Him and Max strike up a friendship and become inseparable. It’s such an amazing dynamic between them. Every sees Max as big and stupid and Kevin as smart and small, so together they are unstoppable. They have adventures and face some huge obstacles together. 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. The way this book is written really helps pull you into the story. You can literally hear Max’s voice as you read. His commentary and inner thoughts are so relatable and the things him and Kevin get themselves into are hilarious. There are so many twists and turns that keep this story fresh and unpredictable. The suspense was something I was not expecting at all going in, but it really added to the overall plot. I read this book with my sixth grade class and when I passed out the books they said they thought it was going to be cheesy and kind of dumb. They quickly changed their tune. This book deals with a lot of really serious issues and the situations definitely make it for more mature readers. The things we were reading shocked some of my kids and it was challenging at times. I usually planned on reading 1-2 chapters a day and when things were really heating up we read up to 4 chapters at a time. We could not put it down. The experience of reading this book with kids was priceless. They were so invested, every single one of them. At one point or another I heard, “I’ve never cared about a book so much in my life” from almost everyone. This book is unforgettable. I LOVED it. 5+ stars. ”Books are like truth serum — if you don’t read, you can’t figure out what’s real.” Sidenote: The audio of this book is AMAZING! My kids love to read aloud themselves and they begged to only listen to the audio version. So, so, so good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Freak the Mighty was just a really good book. it is sad what happens at the end, but the entire story line between the two main characters Freak, and Mighty was just complexing. both are attracted to each other because one is big without so much of a mind, the other is small but with a large mind. Freak known as KEVIN in the story is a boy with a birth defect. his body is very small and fragile and cannot hold itself up. however, he has the brain of someone say three times his age or you could say Freak the Mighty was just a really good book. it is sad what happens at the end, but the entire story line between the two main characters Freak, and Mighty was just complexing. both are attracted to each other because one is big without so much of a mind, the other is small but with a large mind. Freak known as KEVIN in the story is a boy with a birth defect. his body is very small and fragile and cannot hold itself up. however, he has the brain of someone say three times his age or you could say at a genius level for his age. Mighty also known as Max or Maxwell on the other hand is a very grown boy. he stands very tall, yet his mind isnt as quick or as smart. the two come together and become best of freinds. noth help each other go through problems in life, and yet maintain a trustful, honest, and loyal companionship. what i most enjoyed about this story was the use of the middle ages. freak the mighty based their tales on the oledn tales of King ARTHUR and his knight of round ables doing deeds for everyone else and protecting those in danger.as i too, enjoy those stories becassue they were quite fascinating and yet to say the least, worth my time. try this book and see the meaning of true friendship. realize the power that is strength and courage.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Hawkins

    This is a fun book, and the kids love it (I teach junior high and cover this book every year). It's the story of an unlikely friendship between a very small boy with health problems and a short life span, and a very large boy whose childhood has been pretty rough. There is a little bit of language that might deter some teachers, but I've found that the kids can get past it for the story. There are a lot of fun adventures, some great lessons, and some tough issues that the boys go through togethe This is a fun book, and the kids love it (I teach junior high and cover this book every year). It's the story of an unlikely friendship between a very small boy with health problems and a short life span, and a very large boy whose childhood has been pretty rough. There is a little bit of language that might deter some teachers, but I've found that the kids can get past it for the story. There are a lot of fun adventures, some great lessons, and some tough issues that the boys go through together, and my students have always seemed to relate to them on some level. I highly recommend this book for the junior high age kid.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    As a special education teacher I struggled listening to parts of this book. The language used in this book is inappropriate. Also, they make having a learning disability sound like a bad thing. The book made it seem like your really stupid if you have one. And that is not true. The book did have some exciting and interesting points in it. A lot of it was unrealistic, especially with the father, but it kept the story interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Guan

    I think the book Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick, is a lot like me and my friends. In the story, Maxwell and Kevin are really bored without each other, and they rely on each other a lot for homework, staying out of trouble, and avoiding bullies. I think this is also partly the case for me and my friends. We help each other with homework, problems, and other things.

  10. 4 out of 5

    James Zaw

    "Freak the Mighty" is a fantastic book that follows the stories of two boys, Max and Kevin. Although they have differences, they come together and make up for what they are lacking and continue to help each other grow as they go on journeys and quests. Each boy has their own disability, but their disabilities are what makes each character special and unique. The story teaches the reader how people can make judgements of others in the beginning, yet discover appearances aren't what they seem. The "Freak the Mighty" is a fantastic book that follows the stories of two boys, Max and Kevin. Although they have differences, they come together and make up for what they are lacking and continue to help each other grow as they go on journeys and quests. Each boy has their own disability, but their disabilities are what makes each character special and unique. The story teaches the reader how people can make judgements of others in the beginning, yet discover appearances aren't what they seem. The story builds using suspense and foreshadowing, which engages the reader, and every character is brought to life through characterization of unique qualities and dialogue. I won't spoil the end for you, but many consider the story tragic, but the lesson learned from the book is one that we can all or will relate to as we grow older and experience life. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves books with interesting characters, action, and themes that any young teen can relate to.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    My daughter is reading this book in her 7th Grade English class and so I thought I'd check it out myself. To be honest I wasn't that impressed. It was a good story, quite heart-warming really, but Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was much better, and really this is a similar story. Basically a really large, quite dumb person is befriended by a smaller and smarter person. In this story it's school kids, in Of Mice and Men, it's adults, but it's the same premise. To be honest, I'm a little disapp My daughter is reading this book in her 7th Grade English class and so I thought I'd check it out myself. To be honest I wasn't that impressed. It was a good story, quite heart-warming really, but Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was much better, and really this is a similar story. Basically a really large, quite dumb person is befriended by a smaller and smarter person. In this story it's school kids, in Of Mice and Men, it's adults, but it's the same premise. To be honest, I'm a little disappointed that this is what was chosen though, because I think Of Mice and Men holds more literary value, and that's what I read in 7th Grade. For an English class, I don't think it's a fantastic choice, but as a general read, this is a good book and a fast read, so I would still recommend it. It's a great story of friendship, overcoming obstacles, and never letting go of dreams.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    This is a lovely, offbeat book about the unlikely friendship between two boys who seem to share nothing in common. Max is very big for his age, and thinks he isn't very smart, while Kevin has a birth defect that causes him to stay very small. He's also brilliant! The two team up, Max carrying Kevin on his shoulders, and become Freak the Mighty, going on quests to assist those in need and living life to its fullest in every adventure. The story is told from Max's point of view, and we learn all a This is a lovely, offbeat book about the unlikely friendship between two boys who seem to share nothing in common. Max is very big for his age, and thinks he isn't very smart, while Kevin has a birth defect that causes him to stay very small. He's also brilliant! The two team up, Max carrying Kevin on his shoulders, and become Freak the Mighty, going on quests to assist those in need and living life to its fullest in every adventure. The story is told from Max's point of view, and we learn all about his grandparents, his mother who's passed away, and his father, Killer Kane, who's in prison. Through Max we experience all over again the agony of being young and different, and the joy of finding a kindred spirit. This book was a fantastic read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kiera

    I didn't really enjoy this one it just wasn't interesting or was it something I would usually read ( it was required reading). I enjoyed some parts of this book but thought other parts were quite boring. Overall rating 2.5 stars. Just wasn't really my thing!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty is about a friendship between two boys who are both slow in their own way. Freak also known as Kevin is highly intelligent, but small and crippled. Max/Mighty is very tall and large but has special needs. Together they help one another conquer difficulties that arise. Max needs academic support, and Kevin needs height and feet. Kevin tutors Max and in exchange Max takes freak to places he could never go himself; both of their worlds open up for them because now Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty is about a friendship between two boys who are both slow in their own way. Freak also known as Kevin is highly intelligent, but small and crippled. Max/Mighty is very tall and large but has special needs. Together they help one another conquer difficulties that arise. Max needs academic support, and Kevin needs height and feet. Kevin tutors Max and in exchange Max takes freak to places he could never go himself; both of their worlds open up for them because now they have it all. Together they are a team which they call themselves Freak the Mighty. Max’s main internal conflict was what people thought of him. Throughout reading this book I made a text-to-world connection. Many people are attracted to others who can help them and vise versa. People want an equal relationship and that is exactly what Kevin and Max had. Although, the two boys had more than that they had a bond that would never brake. I would undoubtedly give this book 5 stars. Tears will swell by the time you finish this story. It will encourage you to become more open to the world, to people’s differences and accepting. If you liked Freak the Mighty check out other books from Rodman Philbrick.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    Books are like truth serum-- if you don't read, you can't figure out what's real. To think that a book this short could be so uplifting and heartbreaking. RTC

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela Ramirez

    I think the book is good and sad. Its about this guy named Max who is tall. People make fun of him becaus they say that he has no bran. Like he need a class to help him to read. Then he met Freak in that class becaus he had to help him. Freak told Max that he had to read this book but then Max said that he can't read so then Freak reads it for him. Then the next day freak asked Max if he can take him to this place and says that he will pay him if he takes him. they became best friends

  17. 4 out of 5

    J & J

    Jona's rating = 3 Joslyn's rating = 3 ❤️ Gotta love it when your 13 year old says, "It just didn't challenge me much but it was a decent book."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kiley

    Oh my gosh! This book! I loved the way the author got you sucked into it. Engaging with the smarts of Freak and the evolution of Max and Freak the Mighty. My heart was pulled into it. THE ENDING!!! I literally almost cried (and I have NEVER EVER cried because of a book)... the reason I took away a star is that honestly, the beginning was really boring. But, other than that I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO YOU!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Logan

    Freak the mighty is a very touching story of unlikely friendships in which a kid Kevin who is super smart, adventurous, and kind meets kind of the opposite of that in his friend Maxwell Kane who is tall, clumsy, and "stupid." These two kids go on many journeys making you get closer to the both of them in a roller coaster of a book full of ups, downs, and emotions.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Selene

    Second Read - June 4, 2018 - June 20, 2018 4 Stars I read this with my grade six class. They were emotional near the end. They highly recommended that I read this with next years class. First Read - year 2000 4 Stars I enjoyed this book when I was in grade six.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krissy

    Short, sweet and heartbreaking.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liv Loves Books

    Hm. I’m going to be honest here, I did not think I was going to like this book. At all. However, as you can see, I DID love it! :) The characters are great, truly great, and they seem... real. There was definitely a lot of care in them. The story kept itself afloat with plot twists and turns, though it was on the shorter side. It was also an emotional roller ride, as you’ll see if you read the book, but I just loved it. So, if you don’t think you’ll like it, give it a try! This was such a fabulous re Hm. I’m going to be honest here, I did not think I was going to like this book. At all. However, as you can see, I DID love it! :) The characters are great, truly great, and they seem... real. There was definitely a lot of care in them. The story kept itself afloat with plot twists and turns, though it was on the shorter side. It was also an emotional roller ride, as you’ll see if you read the book, but I just loved it. So, if you don’t think you’ll like it, give it a try! This was such a fabulous read... Yay!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Luke Rosado

    I really liked this book because I could really picture everything that was happening!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Kleinhans

    Read it in Fifth grade with the class, It was amazing!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Devin.f

    If you’re looking for a book to read, read one of the most amazing books I have ever read, Freak the Mighty. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a powerful friendship like Freak and Max’s. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for Freak and Max’s friendship, their different personalities, and the very sad ending. Freak and Max’s friendship was like no one else’s. The two of them became very close friends in the beginning of eighth grade, like Max mentioned, “I never had a brain until Freak came If you’re looking for a book to read, read one of the most amazing books I have ever read, Freak the Mighty. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a powerful friendship like Freak and Max’s. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for Freak and Max’s friendship, their different personalities, and the very sad ending. Freak and Max’s friendship was like no one else’s. The two of them became very close friends in the beginning of eighth grade, like Max mentioned, “I never had a brain until Freak came along,” The two of them as Freak the Mighty were unstoppable, and no one could have a friendship like theirs and it made the book so much more fascinating while reading. One of my favorite quotes was when Freak and Max were getting made fun of and he told the teacher about Freak the Mighty. “Freak is saying, ‘Sometimes we’re nine feet tall, and strong enough to walk through walls. Sometimes we fight gangs. Sometimes we find treasure; sometimes we slay dragons and drink from the Holy Grail!’[…] He’s raising his fist and punching it in the air going, ‘Freak the Mighty, Freak the Mighty!’ Even though their friendship was a big majority of the book, their personalities made it even more interesting to read. Max and Freak were completely two different people in this book which made you think how they became friends. “crippled up, yellow-haired midget,” stated Max about Freak, and Max, “growing about an inch a day,” made you keep reading throughout the book and make you think how did they become Freak the Mighty and be best friends. Both of their personalities really made the book so fascinating, but the devastating ending was the one that really appealed to me. The ending really made Freak the Mighty such a powerful story about two different kids and their friendship. Though the ending was very sad it made the book so much more appealing to me. The saddest quote in the book had to been the last time Max got to talk with Freak, “The book reminds me of the dictionary he gave me for Christmas , except when I open it, all the pages are blank, ‘That’s for you’ he says, ‘I want you to fill it up with our adventures.’[…] “That was a year ago. I hid in the down under for days and days and kept the door closed, which is why I missed the funeral and the Fair Gwen going away.” Even though the ending was devastating I will always remember that quote. Freak the Mighty was the best book I have ever read and I would give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a powerful and memorable friendship like Freak and Max’s. Overall Freak the Mighty was an amazing and memorable book and if you are trying to look for a book to read, read the powerful and memorable story Freak the Mighty. Devin F.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    What do you get when you put a 2-foot tall genius on the shoulders of a 7-foot tall* son of a convicted murderer? Freak the Mighty, of course. Individually, these two are Kevin, AKA "Freak," and Maxwell, AKA "Mad Max." Both boys are outcasts, based on their physical appearance and Max's background. (His father killed his mother when Max was 4 years old. He's been raised by his maternal grandparents, who are afraid he'll turn out like his father since he looks just like him.) Both boys are fatherl What do you get when you put a 2-foot tall genius on the shoulders of a 7-foot tall* son of a convicted murderer? Freak the Mighty, of course. Individually, these two are Kevin, AKA "Freak," and Maxwell, AKA "Mad Max." Both boys are outcasts, based on their physical appearance and Max's background. (His father killed his mother when Max was 4 years old. He's been raised by his maternal grandparents, who are afraid he'll turn out like his father since he looks just like him.) Both boys are fatherless, since Kevin's father left when it became obvious he was different. (He's diagnosed with Morquio syndrome.) The novel is told from the p.o.v. of Max, looking back at the events that occurred his 8th grade year. Everyone thought Max had serious learning disabilities, until he became friends with Kevin, who brought him out of his shell both emotionally and intellectually. I'm giving this book 3 stars, because I liked it, but I didn't think it was amazing. I can see how it would be a very powerful book for the intended reading level. *Kevin says they're 9 feet tall combined. Max never says how tall he actually is, but he constantly tells us that he's bigger than everyone else. When he meets his father, he says that they're the same height, but his father is heavier. In Kevin's dictionary, he says he's 70 cm tall and Max is 190 cm tall, which would make him about 6'3". Read for Book Group, February 2014.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bailee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would recomend this book to people, but I wouldnt read it again.I just didnt like it, its not my type of book. My type of book would be a mystery book. Although some people may consider this book a mystery, I could tell what was going to happen next. It was way too obvious. For example, I knew Kenny Kane would get parole, I knew he would kidnap max, I knew Kenny was going to end up back in jail, I knew Freak was lying about getting a new/bionic body, and i knew Freak was going to die. But it's I would recomend this book to people, but I wouldnt read it again.I just didnt like it, its not my type of book. My type of book would be a mystery book. Although some people may consider this book a mystery, I could tell what was going to happen next. It was way too obvious. For example, I knew Kenny Kane would get parole, I knew he would kidnap max, I knew Kenny was going to end up back in jail, I knew Freak was lying about getting a new/bionic body, and i knew Freak was going to die. But it's not like the book seemed unrealistic, all that could happen to someone and probably already has. It wasn't difficult either, I followed along just fine. It wasn't confusing either, i understood pretty much everything that was going on. Some things also made the book not as interesting. Like some of the characters just didn't fit, the people who wrote Freak the Mighty could have have better or more interresting things happen to them. I don't know what they could have done to make them more interesting but, the I do know that the characters were just boring. Freak the Mighty could have been better, way better. This book is not in any way, my type of book, but I would recomend it to others because I could be the only one who feels it isn't a mystery. I want others opinions on what they thought of the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Hicks

    This book was ok. It was an interesting story for the most part. I wanted to like it more than I actually did though. I feel it was kinda rushed in places and was a tad violent for a children's book. The main character Max broke my heart. So much suffering for someone so young.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a good book. It told a story about a weak boy named Kevin and a mighty boy named Max. In the book when they were together they mostly went by freak the mighty. The story is told by Max's point of view as you will find out. He wrote down all Kevin and his adventures. Kevin was a small 12 year old boy who was very weak and was not expected to live a very long life. Max on the other hand was strong and mighty like his father. Max lives with his grandparents and Freak lives with his mom. On This was a good book. It told a story about a weak boy named Kevin and a mighty boy named Max. In the book when they were together they mostly went by freak the mighty. The story is told by Max's point of view as you will find out. He wrote down all Kevin and his adventures. Kevin was a small 12 year old boy who was very weak and was not expected to live a very long life. Max on the other hand was strong and mighty like his father. Max lives with his grandparents and Freak lives with his mom. On Freak's 13th birthday something terrible happens. Everybody is worried dan dressing around. "Call 911" says grim. What is going to happen ? Will it effect the lives of more than one? Read the book to find out.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carly Hayes

    Our class just finished reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This is a story about an unlikely friendship between two boys who have issues to deal with. They help each other develop socially, emotionally, and mentally. Max goes on an introspective journey led by his new friend, Kevin. After dealing with past issues, Max becomes more confident and secure. One of the themes is that we should give others a chance before we judge them. As a teacher of reluctant readers (like Max), this posi Our class just finished reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This is a story about an unlikely friendship between two boys who have issues to deal with. They help each other develop socially, emotionally, and mentally. Max goes on an introspective journey led by his new friend, Kevin. After dealing with past issues, Max becomes more confident and secure. One of the themes is that we should give others a chance before we judge them. As a teacher of reluctant readers (like Max), this positive message is difficult to find in young adult fiction. My students empathize and become emotionally attached to Max and his journey to believe in himself.

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