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Max is used to being called Stupid, and to everyone being scared of him. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf, and to everyone laughing at him. Both of them seem to be unlikely contenders in life. Max is feared and bullied as he’s so huge and slow, and because his father murdered his mother. Kevin is smart, quirky and funny – but crippled by a genetic condition that has left him a titch. But greatness comes in all sizes. As Freak the Mighty, can they rise above the bullies and walk high above the world? Now a major film, this hilarious, moving story of friendship and courage is a book you will never forget.

“A small classic, funny-sad, page-turning and memorable.” Sunday Times

Product Details

Catalogue number

8348 in Secondary Rewards17/18






Usborne Publishing Ltd

Date published

March 1st, 2007

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Upper years; 5.0 points

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  • 192 pages


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Rodman Philbrick

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Rodman Philbrick has been writing since the age of sixteen. He had published more than a dozen novels for adults before The Blue Sky Press published his first book for young readers, Freak the Mighty, which was made into the feature film The Mighty, starring Sharon Stone. Since then, he has won numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious California Young Reader’s Medal, the Arizona Young Reader’s Award, the Washington D.C. ‘Capital Choice’ award and the New York State ‘Charlotte’ Award.

Philbrick’s most recent novel for young readers, The Young Man And The Sea, draws upon his youthful experiences as a boat builder, and his vivid memories of growing up in a small town on the coast of New England. Working from a theme made famous by Ernest Hemingway, the story follows the thrilling boy-against-the-sea adventure of twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman, who risks his life to save his family by venturing far offshore in a small boat in search of the fabled giant bluefin tuna.

Other works by Rodman Philbrick include Max The Mighty, The Fire Pony, REM World, The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, and The Last Book In The Universe.

Rod and his wife, Lynn Harnett, divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys.



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  1. Petula 113689

    on 22 May 2015

    It was such a lovely book about friendship and it was really moving as well, and sooooo emotional. I loved it! I just really want to thank my English teacher because she set it as our class book and is letting us watch the movie too!

    5out of 5
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    on 8 March 2013