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Rodman Philbrick
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Book Description

30 Mar 2007
Extraordinarily powerful, uplifting and memorable, the story of "Freak the Mighty" explores an unlikely friendship, and finds optimism and humour in a story of great poignancy. Bring your tissues. Maxwell Kane is feared and bullied because of his mental slowness and enormous size. But this is not the only cross he has to bear; Maxwell's father is in jail for murdering his mother. Kevin is smart, quirky and funny with insatiable curiosity and zest for life but he suffers from a rare genetic condition, which inhibits the growth of his body. Yet the combination of Kevin and Maxwell is formidable, when together they become Freak the Mighty.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074608725X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746087251
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A small classic, funny-sad, page-turning and memorable... Suspenseful, touching and swiftly persuasive about its most unusual central characters, this remarkable book takes you through dark territory, but it is written with humour and simplicity." -- The Sunday Times

"As funny as it is touching and convincing." -- The Guardian

"Moving and inspirational." -- Funday Times


'An incredibly powerful story, moving and dramatic' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem! 14 Jan 2005
By A Customer
I bought this book for my little sister (age 11) who really LOVED it. I've just finished reading it myself (I'm 22!), and I loved it too. I know it's a cliche, but this book really will make you laugh and make you cry. The characters will stay with you long after you put the book down. This is a truly touching book for children of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: this book will have you in tears! 11 Jan 2005
By A Customer
I absolutely loved Freak the Mighty. It's a cliche, but it realy did make me laugh out loud and then cry. The relationship between Freak and Max was engaging and entertaining - I especially loved the way Freak talked about his illness to Max, and the imaginary adventures they go on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year old nephew(s) love this book! 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer
My nephew and I read this book together, we laughed, we cried, we didn't want it to end. This is a wonderful book for boys, the level of honesty is sometimes hurtful but necessary for the story to be so touching. This is my 4th purchase for a 4th nephew/friend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My mom is a teacher,and for years she tried to get me to read this book.However,I'd heard it was kind of sad ,and I don't really like sad books.Finally,I decided to read it,and I was pleasantly surprised.Not only was it interesting,poignant,and thought-provoking,but hilarious,too.I have also read the sequel,Max the Mighty, and found it just as excellent.I am now eagerly waiting to see the movie.I recommend this book to absolutely anyone who likes reading,and if you don't like to read,you will after reading this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I actually bought this by mistake, thinking it was a quirky Chuck Palahniuk type read, and was expecting a dark and twisted story about the cynical camraderie between a cripple and an outcast giant and their subsequent exploits. As a 32 year old guy who shuns magazines, television and most fiction as junk food for the brain, and preferring true life crime and travel, it's completely not the sort of book I would ever pick up if not for the aforementioned mistake. However, a fortuitous mistake it was: this book is awesome. It's aimed at children, but is so brilliantly written that if you can remove yourself for long enough to be immersed in your younger mind you'll get through this book in a few hours and remember how wonderful reading felt when you were a kid with a good book.

If life ever blesses me with children, this is the sort of book I will recommend when they become young adults.
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I am currently studying to be an english teacher, and came across this book while doing an independent project for my literature class. I thought it was a very spirited novel that made me smile and cry, at the same time. There are so many themes in this novel, and more than one lesson to be learned. It is a great book to use in the classroom, and Max's character is identifiable with the loners of the school or the kids who tend to be less outgoing and less noticed. The way a child's disability is dealt with is also a good lesson for students, and of course the issue of dealing with a friend's death is present in this novel as well. It is hard for students to understand why kids their age have terminal illnesses and this book helps them to prepare for that in some way, as well as helping them to overcome their fears and unanswered questions concerning death. There is so much to be said about this work of literature but I do not have the space to say it. I think everyone should read it, especially english teachers so that they can teach it in their classes. I can only hope the movie is half as enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A weird and wonderful journey of friendship 12 May 2009
By Mason B
I think Freak the Mighty was a very enjoyable book. There were both funny and scary parts full of suspense. It is good because it is not about popular kids, it is about 2 kids that get bullied and made fun of. It is a weird and wonderful journey of friendship. By the end of the book I realised every kid should have the chance to be happy whatever their circimstances. I am really glad I chose this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book for middle-school students 27 Nov 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is inspiring to adolescent students because it encourages them to accept indvidual differences among their peers. It is a heart-warming, endearing story with characters young people can understand.
The adventures that Kevin and Max experience keep the students on the edge of their seats. They beg to read more and don't want to put the book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I bought this book as a gift for my niece (aged 10 years) who asked for it specifically. No complaints received!
Published 8 months ago by gill johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book about difference
Maxwell Kane is the ultimate misfit, growing taller every day and clumsy because of it, struggling with his learning and teased at school because of it, and isolated further... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was recommend this by one of the librarians and I got it as a group read for my Teen Book Group at the library back in May. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by Barmy_Bex
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly moving
Freak the Mighty is an endearing story of loyalty and courage.

It is the story of Maxwell and Kevin: two boys who are larger than life. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by The Bookette
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book great for children and adults. Very moving in parts and makes kids think about how they behave towards others.
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Atticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Freak the mighty
This is a fabulous book. A rite of passage through school and life for anyone who feel they don't fit into a so called 'normal' square peg and those who do. Read more
Published on 14 April 2011 by Mrs. J. M. Bouda
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mighty Book
It's a shame if you've read the synopsis, as things only become clear as the story develops. I read this book at two sittings - it would have been one had I not been... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2004 by Ms. Susan Shearman
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for my fifth grade class
After reading Freak the Mighty it will enable any teacher to use the book as a teaching tool to human kindness. Read more
Published on 28 July 1999
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