Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Librarian's Pick of the Week: Freak the Mighty

Title: Freak the Mighty
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Published: 1993
Age: 12+

We're going 90's this week!

Synopsis: The heartwrenching story of two "special ed" boys who pair up to form a unique and empowering friendship. Two boys, a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces, forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force.

Review: "Maxwell towers over other kids in the eighth grade. He lives with his grandparents, Grim and Gram since his dad was imprisoned for the murder of his mom. Everyone, including him, thinks he is stupid. Kevin is a dwarf. Plagued by a short stature, but no lack of self esteem. His wild imagination paints the world into an image that is full of adventure. They join forces and forge a friendship. Together they are not the crippled kid and Killer Kane's son. Together they are Freak the Mighty. Their deficiencies as individuals are negated by the fused being they become. On Maxwell's shoulder Freak, aka Kevin, is nine feet tall and Max is intelligent. Max is portrayed realistically as an awkward and self conscious kid. "Freak" is full of confidence. Philbrick shapes a funny and thoughtful tale kids will relate to and enjoy. For a story of friendship and a lesson in self confidence and using your imagination. I recommend this book."- J. Kennedy

If you're intrigued, don't forget to check our library's catalog for this book!


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