Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
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Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is a story about Kevin and Max two boys who are completely different to each other. Kevin is a twelve-year-old boy, diagnosed with Morquio syndrome, which means that his inside is growing faster than his outside. Kevin is brilliant and has a sharp mind and is known as the freak. He, however, lives a conservative life due to his protective mother and his medical condition. Max is a giant who has a learning disability. He is feared by everyone including his grandparents because he looks like his father, who is known as Killer Kane. Max is huge and can hardly read or write. He lives in his grandparent’s basement.
Kevin becomes sensitive to Max and accepts him. The two completely different boys come close and become best of friends. Max carries Kevin on his shoulders and they explore the town together using Max’s mobility and Kevin’s wittiness to build up exciting quests and experiences. This combination of theirs is named by Kevin as Freak the Mighty. Kevin with his brains and knowledge is uncompromising in their friendship. He gets Max involved in fantasy games and forces him to read when their school commences. When Max’s father is paroled during the Christmas, Max starts reliving his past nightmares. Kevin helps him to overcome them and rescues him.
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick is a story about two completely different boys and the bond they share. The characters are very loveable and relatable. The author shows how to make the best possible use of one’s abilities despite the limitations. Kevin’s courage and indefatigable spirit despite his disability convey a message to readers to never give up and face life challenges positively. The author details out the characters which leads to the readers developing a bonding with them.
The authors portray the antics and deep insights of Kevin in a beautiful manner. The freakish perspective of Kevin adds depth and value to the story. The friendship shared between Kevin and Max touches the reader. The boys come together to complement each other and to minimize their limitations and forge a mutually rewarding association between themselves. They form one part each of the Freak the Mighty. The novel is an unusual but a gripping and heart touching read.