Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Freak the Mighty

Written by Rodman Philbrick

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A poignant and moving story that is ultimately uplifting about friendship triumphing over adversity. Funny, touching and inspirational yet cleverly mixed with some scary and tragic moments, it is the story of Max who is considered big and stupid who everyone is scared of and Kevin, a boy who never grew beyond 3 foot tall who is always being laughed at. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty and walk high above the world.

Comment from the author, Rodman Philbrick:
"I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it gets."

A piece of passion from the Editor:
Quite simply one of the best books I’ve ever read. It makes you laugh and cry in equal measure and its two extraordinary characters are completely unforgettable. A great modern classic.


Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Maxwell Kane is feared and bullied because of his mental slowness and enormous size. 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.


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

'Moving and inspirational.' - Funday Times

'Uplifting.' - The Bookseller

About the Author

Rodman Philbrick

Rodman Philbrick has been writing since the age of sixteen. He had published more than a dozen novels for adults before the publication of his first book for younger readers, Freak the Mighty. Since then, he has won numerous awards and honours, including the prestigious American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Quick Pick Awards, the California Young Reader Medal, the Arizona Young Readers' Award and the New York State "Charlotte" Award. "It was my privilege to know an extraordinary young man who lived with a rare spinal condition that meant he would never be much more than three feet tall," Philbrick says. "Despite severe medical problems and an uncertain future, my brilliant young friend faced life with unconquerable spirits. His remarkable personality inspired me to write an entirely fictional story, called Freak the Mighty."

Freak the Mighty has been translated into many languages and was made into the feature film, The Mighty, starring Sharon Stone, with theme music by Sting.

Rod and his wife divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys, USA.

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Book Info


192 pages
Interest Age: 10+


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Usborne Publishing Ltd

Publication date

30th March 2007




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