Freak the Mighty
Author: Rodman Philbrick
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Guided Reading Level:
Cooperation and Teamwork, Friends and Friendship, Living with Illness and Disabilities, Loyalty, Pride and Self-Esteem, Death, Grief, Loss, Bullying Experiences, Middle School, Behavioral and Learning Problems and Disorders, Physical Disabilities
A brilliant, emotionally charged novel about two boys. One is a slow learner, too large for his age, and the other is a tiny, disabled genius. The two pair up to create one formidable human force known as "Freak the Mighty".
MAX. FREAK. BEST FRIENDS. FOREVER.
I never had a brain until Freak came along. . .
That's what Max thought. All his life he'd been called stupid. Dumb. Slow. It didn't help that his body seemed to be growing faster than his mind. It didn't help that people were afraid of him. So Max learned how to be alone. At least until Freak came along.
Freak was weird, too. He had a little body, and a really big brain. Together Max and Freak were unstoppable.
Together, they were Freak the Mighty.
Praise for Freak the Mighty
“A wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.” – School Library Journal, starred review
“Compelling... Written with energy and...humor.” – The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books