About The Book
Freak The Mighty was written by Rodman Philbrick. It was published in 1993 and it’s sequel, “Max The Mighty” was published five years afterwards in 1998. For a lot of us that are in high school it may seem like it was some time ago, but don’t worry, this book definitely lives up to modern day. So, the story starts us off with the narrator and very important character, Max Kane’s point of view. Max is a very angsty teen who is almost nine feet tall! He’s had a terrible childhood as he saw his mother get murdered by his father when he was only four years old. Yes, this book gets very sad, so have some tissues prepared when you’re reading. Max experiences trauma throughout his teenage years and doesn’t have many friends until he meets Freak. Freak’s real name is Kevin, but the name Freak stuck with him because he is an absolute freak for all things technology related! I believe Freak is the dreamer of this pair of friends. Freak’s dreams are so big, even though he so small. Freak is only three feet tall, and is forced to walk with crutches. He suffers from a disease called Morquio Syndrome. Morquio Syndrome affected Freak’s metabolism by adding a lot of sugar molecules to his body, hence making him very short and small. This particular pair of friends goes on many adventures together, and find peace within each other since they are both outcast.
About The Author
Rodman Philbrick is 66 years old and was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently lives in both Florida and Maine. He is married to Lynn Harnett, unfortunately she died in 2012. Rodman is best known for his Freak The Mighty and sequel book, Max The Mighty. Yes! There is a sequel to this book that I didn’t even know existed! The Freak The Mighty book has won seventeen awards including the Newbery Honor award in 2010 and the California Young Reader Medal in 1995. In the early years of his life Rodman graduated from Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire in 1969. After high school, he attended the University Of New Hampshire. When he started professional writing his first book was actually Freak The Mighty! He is not retired, and still writes books today!
Personal Thoughts About The Book
I LOVED this book. When I first read this, I was in the sixth grade, but now reading it as a freshman, I still qualify it still as good as it was in sixth grade. Like I said before, this book is very sad, so prepare for some tears. It can also become a little intense like I said before about Freak’s intense childhood.On the other hand, I also like this book because it shows a lot of character development. Now, I know there is a sequel, that I didn’t know about until conducting this book review! I am definitely going to read the sequel called “Max The Mighty” and hopefully read some more great character development! All in all, Freak The Mighty is definitely in my top ten book recommendations for any age really. I hoped you liked this book review! Thanks for reading!