His first year at high school, settling into a new town, his first mad love affair - it's all behind him. He's about to turn fourteen and things are looking up. His little brother's hrmones have kicked in and that's not a pretty sight.
Although likely to be classified as realistic fiction, it has many elements of fantasy and fairy tale: Philbrick's novel of two handicapped and troubled young men, one smaller than a yardstick and the other outgrowing size thirteen shoes, is about the strength of friendship, family, intelligence, and life.
The poignant story is told from the perspective of Max, who through the life and death of his friend Kevin, learns to respect his own intelligence and endure his own frightening heritage.
Philbrick's novel, most appropriate for middle school readers, has won significant critical acclaim and is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
It is an excellent book to teach and to discuss. Not only will adolescent readers devour it and rejoice in the victories of Max and Kevin, but teachers will love all its teachable themes.
Summary The novel's plot is circular. In the first two sentences Max states, "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. In the first chapter, we meet the cast of characters: We learn that there is a Him in Max's life, someone his grandparents fear and someone Max resembles.
Max and Kevin had known each other in day care, but do not meet again until the summer before eighth grade, when Max, who is so big he is exploding out of his clothes, places Kevin, whose body is too small for his growing organs, on his shoulders and walks into a pond to out wit Tony D.
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From that moment, with Kevin providing the directions and Max the mobility and strength, they are known as Freak the Mighty. All summer they rescue fair maidens and slay dragons. Loretta, one of the maidens, turns out to be a friend of Kenny Kane, Max's father who is imprisoned for murdering Max's mother.
That Christmas, Kenny Kane, newly released from prison, kidnaps Max, and drags him bound and gagged to the basement of a burned-out building. Suddenly, Freak rolls down through a basement window holding a big blaster squirt gun he claims is filled with sulfuric acid.
He squirts it in Kenny's eyes. Max puts Freak on his shoulders, and they run for their lives. After the recapture of Killer Kane, life becomes quieter for both boys. On his birthday, Kevin suffers a seizure and is rushed to the hospital.
He gives Max a blank book asking him to fill it up with their adventures. When Max learns the next day that Kevin has died, he lashes out at Kevin's doctor, but she explains that no surgery was ever possible and that Kevin knew it.
At first Max hides from his friend's death in his room down under. Finally, after many months he begins to write the story of Freak the Mighty on the pages of the book Kevin had given him.
Thinking About the Book 1. Why is Max convinced he does not have a brain? Is his assessment of himself as a "butthead" correct? Do our opinions of ourselves affect what others think of us?Advertisements - by Cori Nalipinski. I teach a full quarter of Greek/Roman Mythology to 11th and 12th graders.
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