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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.
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.
Whatever you've heard about Darius Drake... it's wrong. Some of the stories are lies, some are mistakes, and the rest were invented by Darius to fool his enemies. And I do mean ENEMIES. Not school bullies or mean kids. I'm talking about real, grown-up enemies who would stop at nothing to find the legendary Dunbar diamonds before Darius and I did. So whatever you've heard - forget it. Because THIS is what really happened.
From Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick comes a delicious, fast-paced whodunit about two socially outcast boys who set out to find jewels hidden for a century - and unwittingly flush out a murderer. (Runtime 4 hours, 7 min)
In this page-turning adventure by Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick, a solar event knocks out our planet's electricity, and a boy must risk his life to save his sick mother. (Runtime 3 hours, 51 min)
Ronnie Garrick, a wild but amazingly talented singer from rural Texas, takes it on the road, risking her heart, her voice, and her life, as she claws her way to the top.
In rural Maine, a stop on the Underground Railroad is menaced by a supernatural force in this terrifying novel of preCivil War horror. Davis Bentwood has nearly finished medical school when he meets an abolitionist dwarf walking across Harvard Yard. Jeb Coffin is a nonpracticing doctor, a devoted student of transcendentalism whose home life has been shaken by tragedy. The two men become friends, and Coffin invites Bentwood to rural Maine to save his family from itself. The Coffins are noted abolitionists, their home a stop on the Underground Railroad, and lately they have been menaced by a supernatural terror. The tragedies are countless: two brothers killed, a father driven mad, and a baby frozen solid in its crib. At first Bentwood cannot bring himself to acknowledge the impossible horrors that have cursed this family. But he will not survive his sojourn in Maine unless he can open his mind to the possibility that something evil is waiting in the dark.
A haunted house continues its quest for vengeance on two young children After surviving the wrath of the house that wants them dead, Jason and his four-year-old sister, Sally, face a new challengea week without their mom and dad. When their parents are called away to deal with a work crisis, they are left with Katie, a seventeen-year-old babysitter. Katie doesn't believe in spirits, but that doesn't matter to Bobby, the ghost of the child who was murdered here. Bobby has become closer than ever to Sallyin fact, he now possesses her. And his hatred of babysitters and desire for vengeance will leave Jason, Sally, and Katie in even more danger than before.
When Luke and Mandy start experiencing strange hallucinations and blackouts, they know something is seriously, out-of-this-world wrong Luke Ingram is on his way home one evening when the sky goes black and seems to swallow him wholebut four hours later he wakes up in his own room with no idea how he got there. And Luke isn't the only one experiencing these strange occurrences. The last thing Mandy Durgin remembers before waking up on her front porch is falling asleep in her bed hours before. When their creepy classmate Quentin starts following them around and harassing them, Luke and Mandy realize Quentin may know more about their lost time than he's letting on. They know something isn't right, but what could possibly have caused them to black out at the same time? And why are they having the same terrifying hallucinations about cold operating tables and large, bug-like eyes? Mandy knows there has to be a rational explanation, but Luke isn't so sure. Those faces in his visions were so ... alien. Still, the thought of alien abductions is absurd. But when Luke and Mandy black out again the next night, Luke is ready to consider the possibility that their troubles might have an extraterrestrial cause.
A vacation house has a terrifying pastone that only the children know about Jason, his little sister, Sally, and his parents plan to spend the summer in the perfect seaside vacation home. But as soon as Jason steps onto the porch, icy air grips him, and he feels the stare of an invisible being. Although he can't explain it, he knows that in this house, children are not welcome. Jason soon meets Steve, a friendly kid who teases him about the so-called haunted house and the witch who used to live there. Jason tries to ignore him, but he's pretty sure there's truth to the spooky tale. Especially when he meets the pale figure of a child in the house ...