- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Blue Sky Press (October 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059047412X
- ISBN-13: 978-0590474122
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 947 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Freak The Mighty Hardcover – October 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Maxwell Kane, a lumbering eighth grader who describes himself as a "butthead goon," has lived with grandparents Grim and Gram ever since his father was imprisoned for murdering his mother. Mean-spirited schoolmates and special ed (for an undetermined learning disability) haven't improved his self-image, so he is totally unprepared for a friendship with Kevin, aka Freak, a veritable genius with a serious birth defect that's left him in braces and using crutches. Max is uplifted by Freak's imagination and booming confidence, while Freak gets a literal boost--hoisted onto Max's shoulders, he shares Max's mobility. Together they become Freak the Mighty, an invincible duo. Philbrick's first YA novel, already implausible, becomes choked with cliches and stereotypes as Max and Freak mix with B-movie lowlifes, a newly paroled Killer Kane kidnaps his son and Freak himself meets a cloyingly articulated fate. Contrived and unappetizing. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 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
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I ordered a copy for him to read at home and of course had to read it myself. I loved the story of the friendship these two main characters had. I cried at the end...
Now I ordered this copy for my great niece. She is 10 and participating in battle of the books. I told her about this story and she decided she would like to read it. This copy is for her!
I appreciate the story because of the family dynamics of Max (lives with grandparents) and the amazing friendship between Max and Kevin. There are many themes that are relatable to many. This is a small book with an epic first line and filled with a tale of friendship, loyalty, and bravery.
I also liked how Max was not bad like his father. This shows that you can chose whoever you want to be even if your family is bad or you have a lot of issues in your life. A good quote that shows how your past can hurt who you are is "it's more than just the way Maxwell resembles him, Grim says that night in the kitchen, the boy is like him, we'd better watch out, you never know what he might do while we're sleeping." (Page 3-4, paragraphs 5 and 1) But, then Max's grandmother really explains that our past or our family situation can't make us who we are when she says "And Gram right away shushes him and says don't ever say that, again, because little pictures have big ears." (Page 4 paragraph 1)You can really choose your own path. I liked how Freak wasn't afraid of being who he was; he wasn't scared of talking smart. Freak wasn't afraid of anything and he kept trying to play even though he was very sick. He didn't let his sickness stop get in his way. Freak taught me that you should keep moving on even if you have disabilities.
What I also liked about the book was that the words weren't that long or complicated. The chapters weren't that long; they were only about five to seven pages. This book is good for all ages, from younger children to older teens. It was a fast and easy book to read and I think anyone can relate to the characters. The book was not fake or unreal, so anyone can learn a lot from it. On pages 39-40, there is a quote that I really liked that shows how fun and witty the book is and how anyone can enjoy it. The quote says "We're Freak the Mighty, that's who we are we're nine feet tall, in case you hadn't noticed." I would recommend anyone to read this book especially kids my age from 10 and up.