Review: “Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick

Freak the Mighty is a unique novel for young adults written in a journalistic style.  The novel’s narrator, Maxwell Kane, simply tells “the unvanquished truth” about his unusual friendship with a disabled boy named Kevin Avery.

They are opposites of each other: Maxwell is more than six feet tall, but he still has problems with reading in middle school; Kevin is twelve years old and is no more than three feet tall, but he is possibly the smartest person in the world.  Both boys form an alliance called “Freak the Mighty” when they join forces to be like King Arthur’s knights by doing good deeds and going on quests.  When tragedy interrupts the climax of the boys’ friendship, Maxwell must learn how to live without “Freak the Mighty” and without Kevin, the only friend he ever had.

Rodman Philbrick uses everyday language to convincingly construct Maxwell’s story.  The setting is very realistic, and Maxwell’s problems are relevant to every reader.  Freak the Mighty combines charm, humor, and wisdom to demonstrate that true friendship can be found in the most unlikely places with the power to change people forever.  It has a sequel, Max the Mighty.

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