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Freak the Mighty (Freak The Mighty #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  23,193 ratings  ·  2,070 reviews
Two boys – a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces – forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. A wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.
Paperback, 169 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1993)
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Dean
Nov 15, 2007 Dean rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Brenna
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
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Joseph
Oct 18, 2007 Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Stephanie Hawkins
Jan 15, 2008 Stephanie Hawkins rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Constantine
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
Meagan
Oct 04, 2007 Meagan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Jaclyn
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
Larissa
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
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Bailee
I would recomend this book to people, but I wouldnt read it again.I just didnt like it, its not my type of book. My type of book would be a mystery book. Although some people may consider this book a mystery, I could tell what was going to happen next. It was way too obvious. For example, I knew Kenny Kane would get parole, I knew he would kidnap max, I knew Kenny was going to end up back in jail, I knew Freak was lying about getting a new/bionic body, and i knew Freak was going to die.

But it's
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Devin.f
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
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Kate
Nov 13, 2014 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Carol Baldwin
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
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Catherine
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
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Emistia
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
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Jamie
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
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Kelly Rueda
Nov 13, 2007 Kelly Rueda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Hamiltond93
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
Alex
♥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 Migh ...more
MissStan
One of my favourite books to read aloud - funny and sad.
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
Great story, I liked the movie too.
Angel Avalos
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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Darlene Taganna
In reading class we read a novel called Freak the Mighy by a author name Rodman Phillbrick about a sensible travel of friendship.Which it means one person has your back when your alone.And this about two boys who creates knight of worthy, first a boy named Kevin, nickname Freak he's small,smart,and wants a bionic transplant. And second a boy name Max who doesn't remeber anything , ashame what he looks like, and lives with his grandparent.These two will show passion and will give you hardship and ...more
Cari
In class we read a book called freak the migthy written by rodman phillbrick this book is based on a true friendship gives a lesson to many teenagers it does not matter who you are the one thing that matters is what you have inside.The one thing to be able to have friends is to show them who you really are dont change just because you want to have friends people will like you or dislike you just the way you are,but try to show them that you are reaally a good person in the inside or in the outs ...more
Danna Bonilla
In class we read a novel called Freak the Mighty, written by rodman philbrick. The story is about two boys max and kevin. Max and Kevin met for the first time when they were both in day care. Max was an angry kid called kicker because he kicked everyone and a kid who didnt have a mother and his dad was in jail, max lives with his grandparents. Kevin called himself robot man because of the leg braces he had to wear. Until one day Kevin stopped going to day care. The summer before eight grade sta ...more
Rei
There are two main characters in this book, Freak and Max. Kevin is a character that has a small body but has the most intelligent mind while Max has a huge body and in the book it says how his mind isn’t very smart. But I think that there’s no such thing as being stupid so I think Max is very smart in his own way. This book was okay but not the best. Throughout the book they become so close that it’s so scary, like you never knew that they can be so close to each other. I’m not sure what kinds ...more
Dania
Freak the mighty is a great story. It is a story about two kids. One is Freak and the other is Max. Freak has Morquio Syndrome, but that does not stop him from having high hopes and expectations. Freak lives with his mother Gwen. Max lives with his grandparents, Grim and gram. Freak moves in next door to Max. Then little by little they become friends, best friends. Together they are freak the mighty. They have lots of adventures together. One of their favorite is going to the doctor, for Freak t ...more
Lisa
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Fiction)

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: W

Summary: This book tells the story of Max and Freak who, together, become "Freak the Mighty." Freak, whose real name is Kevin, is small for his age. He has a genetic condition that prevents his body from growing normally. Even though his body is small, Freak has an enormous brain and an enormous imagination. Max, on the other hand, is plenty big for his age, but usually feels pretty stupid. This unusual duo faces teenage thug
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Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Fiction, adventure, realistic fiction.

SUMMARY: Maxwell Kane's father killed his mother, and he is being raised by Gram and Grim, his grandparents. Though he is very tall and quite large, especially for his age, his brain is a bit slower than his peers. He is friendless, and spends most of his time in his grandparent's basement, his 'bedroom.' His life changes after Kevin, an extraordinarily smart but physically handicapped boy, moves in next door. They quickly bond, going together on ques
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Jonathan.f
I would recommend this book because there is descriptive language, and medieval parts of the book and cool action. I think that this book has great language description for example, “Sulfuric acid.” “Good old H2SO4 oily, colorless and corrosive liquid,” on page 132. Page 16 has good language. Freak said “My mom’s name is Gwen, so sometimes I call her Fair Guinevere or the Fair Gwen. King Arthur was the first king of England.

The second reason I would recommend this book is because it has a lot o
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Aka William R Dantz, Chris Jordan, W.R. Philbrick.

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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