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Freak the Mighty

Written by Rodman Philbrick

Part of the Usborne Modern Classics Series

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Freak the Mighty

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 Synopsis

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.

Freak the Mighty Press Reviews

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


'Moving and inspirational.' - Funday Times


'Uplifting.' - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780746087251
Publication date: 30/03/2007
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780746087251
Publication date: 30th March 2007
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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 ...

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