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Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. He’s 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 Max’s life changes forever. The two outcasts form the ‘normal’ world team up to become “Freak the Mighty.”

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Published March 11th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 1993)
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Nov 15, 2007 Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys reading
Freak the Mighty is a tear jerking story about two total opposites that become best friends. The 2 main characters, Max and Kevin a.k.a Freak the Mighty lead amazing unpredictable lives, they went on quests and fought dragons. The book is very good, the action really ramps up toward the end leading to a sad but satisfying ending. The ending is satisfying because once you've finished the book you immediately realize that you have just read something that you will always remember as one of the bes ...more
Nov 23, 2013 Brenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have enough words for how much I love this book. It’s real, it’s gritty, it’s intense, inspiring, sad, suspenseful, funny. I could go on and on, but bottom line is this book was phenomenal.

This is the story of Max & Kevin aka “Freak the Mighty.” It is told by Max, an overgrown middle school boy. Everyone is afraid of him because he looks so much like his old man, someone you know right away is a very bad guy. He calls himself a butthead, is made fun of at school, and doesn’t have an
Sep 25, 2012 Constantine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I teach Junior high (7th/8th grade) literature and this is my first review of a book that I utilize in my classroom. I think it is a remarkable example of literary workmanship. I'd estimate that I've read it aloud to my students some 40 to 50 times now..(two/three times a year for 18 years)...and yet I still find new aspects to savor everytime I immerse myself in the journey that begins with:"I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while and that's the truth, the w ...more
Oct 18, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjosys a good booj.
Shelves: freshmen1
Freak the Mighty was just a really good book. it is sad what happens at the end, but the entire story line between the two main characters Freak, and Mighty was just complexing.
both are attracted to each other because one is big without so much of a mind, the other is small but with a large mind.
Freak known as KEVIN in the story is a boy with a birth defect. his body is very small and fragile and cannot hold itself up. however, he has the brain of someone say three times his age or you could say
Stephanie Hawkins
Jan 15, 2008 Stephanie Hawkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers, junior high aged kids
Recommended to Stephanie by: Joe Kolloch
Shelves: teen-fiction
This is a fun book, and the kids love it (I teach junior high and cover this book every year). It's the story of an unlikely friendship between a very small boy with health problems and a short life span, and a very large boy whose childhood has been pretty rough. There is a little bit of language that might deter some teachers, but I've found that the kids can get past it for the story. There are a lot of fun adventures, some great lessons, and some tough issues that the boys go through togethe ...more
May 24, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a special education teacher I struggled listening to parts of this book. The language used in this book is inappropriate. Also, they make having a learning disability sound like a bad thing. The book made it seem like your really stupid if you have one. And that is not true. The book did have some exciting and interesting points in it. A lot of it was unrealistic, especially with the father, but it kept the story interesting.
Oct 04, 2007 Meagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a story about true friendship
This is a lovely, offbeat book about the unlikely friendship between two boys who seem to share nothing in common. Max is very big for his age, and thinks he isn't very smart, while Kevin has a birth defect that causes him to stay very small. He's also brilliant! The two team up, Max carrying Kevin on his shoulders, and become Freak the Mighty, going on quests to assist those in need and living life to its fullest in every adventure. The story is told from Max's point of view, and we learn all a ...more
Gabriela Ramirez
Jan 25, 2011 Gabriela Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the book is good and sad. Its about this guy named Max who is tall. People make fun of him becaus they say that he has no bran. Like he need a class to help him to read. Then he met Freak in that class becaus he had to help him. Freak told Max that he had to read this book but then Max said that he can't read so then Freak reads it for him. Then the next day freak asked Max if he can take him to this place and says that he will pay him if he takes him. they became best friends
Oct 26, 2011 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
My daughter is reading this book in her 7th Grade English class and so I thought I'd check it out myself. To be honest I wasn't that impressed. It was a good story, quite heart-warming really, but Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was much better, and really this is a similar story. Basically a really large, quite dumb person is befriended by a smaller and smarter person. In this story it's school kids, in Of Mice and Men, it's adults, but it's the same premise. To be honest, I'm a little disapp ...more
Short, sweet and heartbreaking.
Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty is about a friendship between two boys who are both slow in their own way. Freak also known as Kevin is highly intelligent, but small and crippled. Max/Mighty is very tall and large but has special needs. Together they help one another conquer difficulties that arise. Max needs academic support, and Kevin needs height and feet. Kevin tutors Max and in exchange Max takes freak to places he could never go himself; both of their worlds open up for them because now
May 22, 2012 Bailee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 20, 2013 Devin.f rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a book to read, read one of the most amazing books I have ever read, Freak the Mighty. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a powerful friendship like Freak and Max’s. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars for Freak and Max’s friendship, their different personalities, and the very sad ending.
Freak and Max’s friendship was like no one else’s. The two of them became very close friends in the beginning of eighth grade, like Max mentioned, “I never had a brain until Freak came
Dec 18, 2014 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. It told a story about a weak boy named Kevin and a mighty boy named Max. In the book when they were together they mostly went by freak the mighty. The story is told by Max's point of view as you will find out. He wrote down all Kevin and his adventures. Kevin was a small 12 year old boy who was very weak and was not expected to live a very long life. Max on the other hand was strong and mighty like his father. Max lives with his grandparents and Freak lives with his mom.
Nov 13, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
Max is looked upon as dangerous, both because of his enormous size and the fact that his father is in jail for murder. Only Kevin, aka Freak, isn't afraid of Max. With Max's big body and Freak's big brain, they become more powerful combined, and take on the town bully and other quests.

This was an inspiring story which really benefited from Max's perspective. I had a feeling the story would end the way it did, but it still felt like a happy ending because of how much Max grows from his friendship
Apr 22, 2015 Kelseystarcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just got done reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This book is about two boys that are not close then they reunite and became friends. Max and freak become really close friends and they did everything together. Maxwell was shy at first in the beginning then he came out of his shell and wasn't afarid to do anything with freak by his side. The theme was don't be afarid of anything or to do anything. I liked the story because it was about a shy boy that was shy in the beginning then cam ...more
Carol Baldwin
Apr 07, 2011 Carol Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conventional writing wisdom is that the first few lines of a story should grab the reader. Consider this opening paragraph:

"I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his for a while, and that's the truth, the whole truth. The unvanquished truth, is how Freak would say it, and for a long time it was him who did the talking. Except I had a way of saying things with my fists and my feet even before we became Freak the Mighty, slaying dragons and fools and walking high above the w
What do you get when you put a 2-foot tall genius on the shoulders of a 7-foot tall* son of a convicted murderer? Freak the Mighty, of course.

Individually, these two are Kevin, AKA "Freak," and Maxwell, AKA "Mad Max." Both boys are outcasts, based on their physical appearance and Max's background. (His father killed his mother when Max was 4 years old. He's been raised by his maternal grandparents, who are afraid he'll turn out like his father since he looks just like him.) Both boys are fatherl
I read this book when I was in third grade, and in seventh grade it became a school read. I got the novel fairly well. The first time I read it, I thought, okay. okay characters. okay book.

The second time I read it, my teacher analyzed every single thing the characters said. He didn't seem to understand that he was going way too far with all his deep, metaphorical musings. Talk about much ado about nothing.

Freak the Mighty was a good book overall, with a message just popping out at the end Life
Nov 14, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last month during our school's Family Math Night, I had the opportunity to catch up with former students who are now sixth graders in middle school. Of course I had to ask them about what they were reading in their English classes, and was a little concerned when they said, "Freak the Mighty." Yeah, that sounds like a real winner.

Freak the Mighty is told through the eyes of Max, an ever-growing boy, placed in LD classes in school, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his criminal father. The summ
Carly Hayes
Apr 22, 2015 Carly Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our class just finished reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. This is a story about an unlikely friendship between two boys who have issues to deal with. They help each other develop socially, emotionally, and mentally. Max goes on an introspective journey led by his new friend, Kevin. After dealing with past issues, Max becomes more confident and secure. One of the themes is that we should give others a chance before we judge them. As a teacher of reluctant readers (like Max), this posi ...more
Kelly Rueda
Nov 13, 2007 Kelly Rueda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers
Freak the Mighty is about the friendship of two boys living in a small town who balance each other out beautifully. One's strength is the others weakness. They need each other to face a world that does not always understand the challenges faced by disabled/ special needs individuals. Themes tackled throughout the books include stereotypes, coming of age, death, domestic violence, loss of parents, and appreciating differences. Although this book is geared towards middle schoolers, some of the hum ...more
Sep 25, 2008 Hamiltond93 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freak the Mighty was about a boy named kevin (FREAK),who was a midjet with disabilties but dosent let that slow him down. MAX (MIGHTY)is a giant kid who is not the brightest,Kevin amd Max meet when they were in preschool,and havent seen each other sence .Then when they were in the eighth grade kevin moved down the street from max ,after awhile they started to remember each other ,they became the best of friends, the two of them together became Freak the Mighty.this book has brought me a lot of e ...more
Sep 24, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freak The Mighty is a fantastic book, besides the ending that was kid of depressing. but anyway the minute I set my eyes on the first paragraph I was like addicted to it. Anyhow, a small and very smart eighth grader named Freak (Kevin) and a rather big and not so smart eighth grader named Max (Mighty)didnt have any friends until Freak moved in the block next door to Mighty and then they both became friends. Together Freak and Mighty go on many journeys (as Freak says) and become Frweak The Might ...more
Jubilation Lee
Oh my lord, guys, this book. Damn this book. It's all... bravery, and friendship, and bonding and bullying and pulling yourself through the most terrible parts of childhood because you know that at the end of the day you're not actually alone, you've got your besties there, and I cried and cried like a big, angry baby when I hit the ending. I haven't read this book in probably ten years and it still makes me tear up thinking about it. And that's the unvanquished truth.
Apr 22, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My class and I just finished the amazing Freak the mighty writin by Rodman Philbrick. Max was a kid who didn't really have any friends, but when freak came along Max opened up to the world. Freak also had a friend finally after along time of being picked on. Max changed a lot throughout the book because he opened up to everyone and he actually had friend to help him through everything and he also did a lot better in school. Don't judge a person just because they have a disability or they're diff ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Ronnarobinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My class just finished reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. The story is about 2 boys who have a odd friendship and different issues. They go on different adventures together and are always together no matter what. Max had kind of had a hard life when he was younger but Kevin changed that. Kevin made Max's life better than before. Max even helped Kevin to. One if the themes in the story is don't judge a book by its cover because Max thougt Kevin was kinda weird in he beginning but athey ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Lexiestout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My classmates and I just finished reading this amazing book called Freak the Mighty by Rodman Phill Brick . This book is about these two kids who both have some problems . They both become best friends and go on adventures and go through bad and good things. The main characters changed by becoming more open to people and become more adventurous . One of the themes of this story is don't judge someone on how they act or look like . I like this book because it had some happiness and plot twists an ...more
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
Great story, I liked the movie too.
Angel Avalos
Jan 23, 2011 Angel Avalos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In reading class we read a novel called Freak the Mighty, written by Rodman Philbrick. The story is about two kids that are name Kevin and Max. These are the two main characters of the book and become best friends when Kevin the cripple kid also known as Freak moves by Max know as The Mighty after becoming best friends and start to hang out they end up calling themselves Freak the Mighty.
What I had expected from the book before reading it was that a kid was just lonley and he had no one to tal
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Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under th
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