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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 16 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Mar. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ7XHM
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It is the story of Maxwell and Kevin: two boys who are larger than life. Maxwell is growing into a big lad. He is much taller than the other kids in his class. People call him retarded and they are all waiting for him to "go bad" because the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree". In kindergarten he was known as Kicker. But now he's in the eighth grade and he's shut out the event that traumatised his childhood.
Kevin is small for his age. He has a disease which means he's stopped growing on the outside but not on the inside. Kevin is a genius. He has a vocabulary far more advanced than his age and he loves looking up new words in his trusty dictionary.
Maxwell and Kevin become great friends and together unleash their imaginative powers to become Freak the Mighty.
I read this book in a single sitting. It is short and has a wonderfully direct narrative voice which speaks to the reader. Maxwell tells the story of Freak the Mighty. We learn how he and Kevin become friends and their bond is heart-warming. Philbrick's characterisation was excellent - Kevin's dialogue had me laughing out loud - I was utterly involved in the characters' stories and really felt the emotions of every step of their adventure.
Freak the Mighty is touched with tragedy and heartbreaking sorrow that is a part of life. It brought me to tears but it also celebrated how important a true friendship can be to transform a person beyond their fears. A wonderful and moving story. Recommended for readers age 9 and up.
I picked this up this afternoon as I wanted a quick read and this was only 175 pages with fairly big writing so I thought it would be perfect. The book is narrated by Maxwell Kane (Max) he lives with his Gram and Grim (grandparents) and his room is in the Basement but he likes being able to hide in the dark spaces, it's the only place he really can hide as he is very big for his age, so stands out in any crowd.
But everything changes when Kevin moves in a couple of doors down. Kevin is a child genius but is also tiny. He has a sort of Dwarfism. Together the pair strike up an odd friendship, Kevin ends up finding a comfortable perch on Max's shoulder and together they call themselves 'Freak The Mighty'. Kevin is like a walking dictionary and has a vivid imagination, so together they go on all sorts of adventures. Max starts to realise that he can do things for himself such as read and learn. It's like Kevin is an extra brain, teaching him things he needs to know.
But then a figure from his past comes back and Max is in danger, can the pair find a way out, and save each other.
This book is quite involved considering it is so short but I actually enjoyed it. I loved Kevin's spark, he was so happy and jumpy at everything and would also come out with all sorts of 'posh' words and long sentences that made him sound like a super brain. But he is so friendly and encouraging to Max that you can't help but become attached to him.
Max is like a gentle giant, sort of like a teen BFG.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book at school and my whole class loved it especially me! It is very sad at the end as it is very dramatic and you really feel as if you are in it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sav
I bought this book as a gift for my niece (aged 10 years) who asked for it specifically. No complaints received!Published on 27 Jan. 2014 by gill johnston
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 morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
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
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 morePublished on 14 April 2011 by Mrs. J. M. Bouda
I think Freak the Mighty was a very enjoyable book. There were both funny and scary parts full of suspense. Read morePublished on 12 May 2009 by Sam B
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... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2007 by Joe Cutts