Freak the Mighty
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Freak the Mighty

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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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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132.08 x 187.96 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0439286069
  • 9780439286060
  • 79,579

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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.
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-- ". . . riveting and poignant, with solid characters, brisk pacing, and . . . a little humor to carry us along". -- Booklist, boxed review Praise for Rodman Philbrick: Freak the Mighty
A School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
An IRA Young Adults' Choices Book
A winner of: Arizona Young Readers' Award, California Young Reader Medal, Charlotte Award, Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (California), Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming)
* "Max's description of their friendship . . . is gritty, unsentimental, sparked with Freak's wry verbal wit and Max's earthier humor, and ultimately poignant. Easily read but compelling: an intriguing and unusual story."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
A Newbery Honor Book
A Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
A New York Public Library's "Children's Books" 2009 -- 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010
* "The book wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Homer's tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for Rodman Philbrick:
iFreak the Mighty/i
A School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
An IRA Young Adults' Choices Book
A winner of: Arizona Young Readers' Award, California Young Reader Medal, Charlotte Award, Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (California), Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming)
* "Max's description of their friendship . . . is gritty, unsentimental, sparked with Freak's wry verbal wit and Max's earthier humor, and ultimately poignant. Easily read but compelling: an intriguing and unusual story."-- iKirkus Reviews/i, starred review
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
A Newbery Honor Book
A Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
A New York Public Library's "Children's Books" 2009 -- 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010
* "The book wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Homer's tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations." -- iPublishers Weekly/i, starred review * "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""
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About Rodman Philbrick

Rodman Philbrick's The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was chosen as a Newbery Honor Book, and his novel Zane and the Hurricane has received numerous starred reviews and was honored on the 2015-2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. His first book for young readers, Freak the Mighty, was an immediate bestseller and continues to be a classic, with close to three million copies in print. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and Florida. Visit him at www.rodmanphilbrick.com.
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Rating details

36,318 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 37% (13,580)
4 34% (12,299)
3 21% (7,492)
2 6% (2,112)
1 2% (835)
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