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Freak the Mighty (20th Anniversary Edition)

by Rodman Philbrick


The Blue Sky Press
September 2013


Fiction
Ages 10 – 13 . Grades 5 – 8

Lexile measure: 930L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: W

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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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Rodman Philbrick

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick has written more than a dozen novels for young readers. In 1993, he published his first children's book, Freak the Mighty, which became an instant classic, and was made into a feature film. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book. Philbrick's other acclaimed novels include Max the Mighty, The Young Man and the Sea, The Last Book in the Universe, Zane and the Hurricane, and Wildfire. Philbrick divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys. You can learn more about him on his website: rodmanphilbrick.com.

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  • Praise for Rodman Philbrick

    FREAK THE MIGHTY
    A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book for Young Adults
    A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
    A YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
    An IRA Young Adults' Choices Book
    A winner of: Arizona Young Readers' Award, California Young Reader Medal, Charlotte Award, Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (California), Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming)
    * "Max's description of their friendship . . . is gritty, unsentimental, sparked with Freak's wry verbal wit and Max's earthier humor, and ultimately poignant. Easily read but compelling: an intriguing and unusual story."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG
    A Newbery Honor Book
    A Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
    An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
    A New York Public Library's CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2009--100 TITLES FOR READING AND SHARING
    A CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010
    * "The book wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Homer's tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    THE YOUNG MAN AND THE SEA
    A Capitol Choice
    A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
    A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book and starred review
    "Readers will be hooked."--KIRKUS REVIEWS

    THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
    A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
    A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Book
    A National Council for the Social Studies NCSS Notable Book
    A YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
    "Philbrick has outdone himself. . . . . this futuristic novel will stimulate thought and discussion among contemporary readers."--VOYA

    THE FIRE PONY
    A Capitol Choice
    A Maryland Children's Book Award Winner
    * "Crisply eventful, pungent in its descriptions, crackling with action, Philbrick has created a real dilly of a novel."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

TODO - RELATED RESOURCES

--- - ! "Well, I was a butthead, because like I said, I never had a brain until Freak moved down the street. That summer before eighth grade, right? That's the summer I grew so fast that Grim said we'd best let the boy go barefoot, he's exploding out of his shoes. That barefoot summer when I fell down a lot, and the weirdo robot boy with his white-yellow hair and his weird fierce eyes moved into the duplex down the block with his beautiful brown-haired mom, the Fair Gwen of Air.
\tOnly a falling-down goon would think that was her real name, right?
\tLike I said.
\tAre you paying attention here? Because you don't even know yet how we got to be Freak the Mighty. Which was pretty cool, even if I do say so myself."