Freak the Mighty

In YA Book Reviews on August 27, 2014 at 1:06 am


by Rodman Philbrick

Contemporary Coming-of-Age/©1993/160 Pages/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Comments:

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.

My Thoughts:

This is such a good book and, considering that it was published over twenty years ago, one that has stood the test of time. Max and Kevin are such amazing characters that they will stay with you long after you have finished the book. The whole story is about the power of friendship, how good each one was for the other despite how very different they each were. The book is rich in life lessons couched in a plot that is filled with twists and turns. It will grab your attention and make you want to be a better person. As a book aimed at middle school students, I love that the story makes a point about the value of reading and writing, as well as spurring the reader’s interest to learn – and use – new words. The ending will break your heart, then put it back together.

This is just the book that keeps on giving! Freak’s Dictionary is included at the end, and you definitely want to be sure to read this. It is incredibly clever and hystrically funny. You will fall off your chair laughing! Also adding value to this book, the edition I read included AFTER WORDS with a Q & A with the author and his writing tips. Fascinating stuff, I assure you.

Other Resources (Especially Helpful to Teachers) 

Sample Book Talks for Freak the Mighty

 Nerdy Book Club Blog (middle school teacher’s review)

Other Books by Rodman Philbrick

Max the Mighty

The Young Boy and the Sea

The Last Book in the Universe




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