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Freak the Mighty (Freak The Mighty #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  38,633 Ratings  ·  3,828 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 1993)
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Dean
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Constantine
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Colby Sharp
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-novel
When one of my students looks me in the eye and tells me that I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. You read that book. So glad I did.
Brenna
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Stephanie Hawkins
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Joseph
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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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James Zaw
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Freak the Mighty" is a fantastic book that follows the stories of two boys, Max and Kevin. Although they have differences, they come together and make up for what they are lacking and continue to help each other grow as they go on journeys and quests. Each boy has their own disability, but their disabilities are what makes each character special and unique. The story teaches the reader how people can make judgements of others in the beginning, yet discover appearances aren't what they seem. The ...more
Jaclyn
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mariah
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Meagan
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Selene Matheson
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Second Read - June 4, 2018 - June 20, 2018
4 Stars
I read this with my grade six class. They were emotional near the end. They highly recommended that I read this with next years class.

First Read - year 2000
4 Stars
I enjoyed this book when I was in grade six.
Krissy
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, sweet and heartbreaking.
Logan
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freak the mighty is a very touching story of unlikely friendships in which a kid Kevin who is super smart, adventurous, and kind meets kind of the opposite of that in his friend Maxwell Kane who is tall, clumsy, and "stupid." These two kids go on many journeys making you get closer to the both of them in a roller coaster of a book full of ups, downs, and emotions.
Luke Rosado
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked this book because I could really picture everything that was happening!
Devin.f
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Bailee
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Larissa
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Christopher Hicks
This book was ok. It was an interesting story for the most part. I wanted to like it more than I actually did though. I feel it was kinda rushed in places and was a tad violent for a children's book. The main character Max broke my heart. So much suffering for someone so young.
Kate
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Emma
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
On
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Carly Hayes
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
♥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
Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
Great story, I liked the movie too.
Mandy Chilcote
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it took me this long to read this little title. It's excellent! Themes about friendship, family, bullies, physical health challenges, education, . . . full of middle school issues. This book will appeal to all levels of readers and students, and its short length won't intimidate slow or reluctant readers. Meaningful life lessons told in a fun, memorable book where life's not perfect and unlikely friends tackle it together
Alondra Diaz
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you ever lose someone that you loved don’t you feel like if part of you is gonna? Do you ever feel as a person that life is hard? If you think your life is hard well you should read Freak the Mighty, written by Rodman Philbrick. This novel is fiction. The story may sometimes make you feel sad or happy because of the events of the story.
In this novel you will meet a boy named Max who gets bullied in school for looking like his dad and being tall and has no friends. You will also meet Freak
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Lailani Camacho
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***Spoiler alert***!!!


The title relates to the book because the title is called Freak The Mighty so it means that no matter how small or tall you are what really matters is the inside. The genre of this book is fiction. I liked the way the author gave figurative language like alliteration and metaphors. This book in my opinion is really good because the lesson we learned which is also called the theme is a good example. The lesson was really good because I actually learned something new by readi
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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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Carol Baldwin
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Jamie
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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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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