It has been twenty years--and more than two million copies, eight foreign editions, and a popular Miramax feature film--since the world was introduced to this powerful story of a unique friendship between a troubled, oversized boy and the tiny, physically challenged genius who proves that courage comes in all sizes. This simple yet timeless story explores many themes, including bullying--an important topic in today's schools. Now we have a new edition to celebrate this poignant novel's success.
Thirty-two pages of new content offers: extensive Q&A with the Newbery Honor-winning author; letters between the author and fans; author's exclusive commentary on the film, THE MIGHTY, and the book's effect on a generation of readers; and the original text.
Perfect for teachers, librarians, and perennial fans, this anniversary edition is also a spectacular introduction for new readers. FREAK THE MIGHTY is sure to remain fresh, dramatic, and memorable for the next twenty years and beyond!
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Courage comes in all sizes.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers
Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book
California Young Reader Medal
Arizona Young Readers' Award Winner
Maryland Children's Book Award Winner
Wyoming Soaring Eagle Award Winner
Nebraska Golden Sower Award Winner
An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award Winner
Freak the Mighty is the unforgettable story of two unlikely friends who join forces to vanquish the bullies who belittle them. Max Kane is an angry, oversized boy with a father in prison, and even his grandparents whisper fearfully about him. All his life he's been called dumb, stupid, and slow. He accepts the facts that his brain is vacant -- until another unusual boy moves into the neighborhood: Kevin, a weird-looking, twisted up kid with a tiny body and crutches. Kevin, also mocked and taunted, has the brilliant mind of a genius. So when the punks start mouthing off about "Frankenstein and Igor" and the "freak show," they are in for a surprise. Because when Kevin is on Max's shoulders, together they become Freak the Mighty, "nine feet tall, and strong enough to walk through the walls."
"...mesmerizingly suspenseful...poignant...an intriguing and unusual story." -- Kirkus Reviews, pointered review
"A wonderful story...memorable and luminous...somewhat different and very special." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"...riveting and poignant, with solid characters, brisk pacing, and...a little humor to carry us along." -- Booklist, boxed review
"Killer Kane, Killer Kane, had a kid who got no brain!"
That's what they used to yell at me, and then they'd run like crazy because I'm the spitting image of my bad old dad. Or so they say. I never gave it a lot of thought because basically it was easier to act brainless, and when you're as big as I am, people believe it. There were things I didn't want to remember. Bad things, terrible things.
Everything changed when Freak moved into the neighborhood. Little dude about two feet tall, he was smarter than Einstein. The weird thing is, he wasn't afraid of me. No way, he was too smart for that. I never had a brain until Freak came along and let me borrow his. And then together we became Freak the Mighty, slaying dragons and fools and walking high above the world....
In the twenty years since its publication, Freak the Mighty has become a classic novel with close to three million copies in print. This edition includes author essays about his inspiration for the book, colorful stories about being a writer, letters from readers, and thoughts about bullying, growing up, and schools.
Rodman Philbrick's powerful, poignant novel will continue to touch hearts around the world for years to come.
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