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Rodman Philbrick - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Rodman Philbrick

Other books by Rodman Philbrick

The Haunting

The Haunting

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2018

A vacation house has a terrifying past-one 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 . . . The Haunting is the first book of the chilling House on Cherry Street trilogy from prolific wife-and-husband coauthors Lynn Harnett and Rodman Philbrick, the Newbery Honor Award-winning author of Freak the Mighty.

The Horror

The Horror

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2018

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 challenge-a 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 Sally-in 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. The Horror is the second book of the chilling House on Cherry Street trilogy from prolific wife-and-husband coauthors Lynn Harnett and Rodman Philbrick, the Newbery Honor Award-winning author of Freak the Mighty.

The Final Nightmare

The Final Nightmare

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2018

Two children face the terrors of a house that wants them dead Can Jason and Sally survive the evil spirits in the house on Cherry Street until their parents return? Jason looks for clues to the house's mysterious history-especially the accidental fall that killed Bobby, the ghost who still fears his terrifying nanny and whose body was never found. Maybe if Jason and his sister can right the wrongs of the past, the house will no longer be haunted. But that means they'll have to go back inside . . . The Final Nightmare is the concluding book of the chilling House on Cherry Street trilogy from prolific wife-and-husband coauthors Lynn Harnett and Rodman Philbrick, the Newbery Honor Award-winning author of Freak the Mighty.

Who Killed Darius Drake?

Who Killed Darius Drake?

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

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.

Who Killed Darius Drake?

Who Killed Darius Drake?

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2017

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)

Big Dark

Big Dark

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2016

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)

Horror

Horror

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2014

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.

Haunting

Haunting

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2014

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 ...

Final Nightmare

Final Nightmare

Author: Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2014

Two children face the terrors of a house that wants them dead Can Jason and Sally survive the evil spirits in the house on Cherry Street until their parents return? Jason looks for clues to the house's mysterious historyespecially the ';accidental' fall that killed Bobby, the ghost who still fears his terrifying nanny and whose body was never found. Maybe if Jason and his sister can right the wrongs of the past, the house will no longer be haunted. But that means they'll have to go back inside ...

Zane and the Hurricane

Zane and the Hurricane

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2014

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. (Runtime 4 hours, 12 min)

Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2009

Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. Hes a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding the world. But when a new kid moves in next door Maxs life changes forever. The two outcasts form the normal world team up to become Freak the Mighty.Like knights of old they defend the weak, right every wrongand solve the mystery of Maxs past. Proving once and for all that courage comes in all sizes.From the Compact Disc edition.

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2009

A dramatic, witty, Civil War tale from bestselling author Rodman Philbrick.hrough a series of fascinating events, Homers older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army, and its up to Homer to save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that different era. These historical people and places will educate and engage young listeners about our nations pastin one of the most decisive moments of American history.Rodman Philbrick on writing:I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a musclethe more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Lobster Boy

Lobster Boy

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2008

'Lobster Boy' is an inspirational and compelling story of adventure and survival set against the savagery of nature and life as the underdog, from Rodman Philbrick, the award-winning author of 'Freak The Mighty'.

Fire Pony

Fire Pony

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2008

Roy and his big brother, Joe, are on the run from their past when they fetch up at the Bar None Ranch. Their shared passion for horses soon wins them great respect, and Roy is offered the chance of a lifetime, to break in a wild pony that runs like the desert wind. He is even promised that if he can ride Lady Luck, he can keep her - a dream come true. Full of rich detail of life in the American West, Fire Pony is an emotionally charged thriller by an internationally acclaimed author.

The Last Book In The Universe

The Last Book In The Universe

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2008

In a land dominated by vicious gangs and mindprobe entertainment, Spaz is alone. His foster sister is the only good thing in his life and she is dying. Determined to save her, Spaz bravely sets out into dangerous and forbidden territory, accompanied only by an old man, with his philosophies and memories of what the world once was.

Young Man and the Sea

Young Man and the Sea

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2008

Skiff Beaman has a boatload of problems. Ever since his mother died, his father doesn't want to get up off the TV coucheven when theMary Rose, his fishing boat, sinks at the dock. Twelve-year-old Skiff's been bailing out Rose by himself for months, getting up before dawn to pump out the bilge and keep her floatingjust in case his dad decides to put his beer aside and get up and go fishing. But once a boat has gone under you can't bail it out. With a nod to Hemingway, award-winning novelist Rodman Philbrick presents a starkly dramatic yet poignant story about a determined boy who refuses to give up, despite overwhelming odds. Skiff Beaman makes a choice to take on the worldbut can he possibly beat the odds and win?

The Fire Pony

The Fire Pony

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

A tale of one boy's overwhelming passion and loyalty, this book combines the emotional intensity of The Horse Whisperer with the excitement and suspense of a mystery thriller. From the award-winning author of Freak the Mighty. Synopsis Everybody is welcome at the Bar None ranch, and to Roy and his big brother Joe, it seems like the ideal place to escape their past. Joe has a special way with horses and it soon becomes obvious that Roy takes after his brother when he breaks in the wild pony Lady Luck. But Joe also has a way with fire, a secret passion that Roy fears, because if Joe can't keep control, it could send their new life up in smoke.

Freak The Mighty

Freak The Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak The Mighty and walk high above the world. An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.

Freak The Mighty

Freak The Mighty

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2006

Maxwell Kane is feared and bullied because of his slowness and enormous size. With his father in jail for murdering his mother, nobody expects much of him. Kevin, the new boy next door, on the other hand, is smart, quirky and funny with an insatiable curiosity and a zest for life. But Kevin suffers from a rare genetic condition, whcih means he has a bent spine and can't walk without crutches. Yet the combination of Kevin and Maxwell is formidable, and together they become Freak the Mighty.

Lobster Boy

Lobster Boy

Author: Rodman Philbrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2005

12-year-old Samuel 'Skiff' Beaman is a boy with incredible determination in the face of adversity. Since the death of his mother, his father has sunk into an alcoholic depression, and now Skiff's pride and joy, their boat the Mary Rose has sunk too. If only he can raise and fix Rose, Skiff is sure he'll be able to get the family business, and his dad, back on track. But to fix the boat he needs $5000. With his father penniless and hopeless, Skiff is determined to raise the money himself-by going out on the open ocean all alone, on a dangerous mission to harpoon a prize giant tuna.

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