Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty

Audiobook CD - 2008
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Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. He's a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes. Haunted by a dark secret in his past, he hides out in his basement room, avoiding the world. But when a new kid moves in next door Max's life changes forever. The two outcasts form the 'normal' world team up to become "Freak the Mighty."

Like knights of old they defend the weak, right every wrong-and solve the mystery of Max's past. Proving once and for all that courage comes in all sizes.

Publisher: New York : Listening Library, [2008]
ISBN: 9780739363102
0739363107
Branch Call Number: J
Characteristics: 3 sound discs (3 hr., 16 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Henson, Elden

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Bell_Fleck
Jul 13, 2018

Freak the Mighty, narrated by Elden Henson (who does an excellent job), was a great find. Maybe a little too sad for what I was looking for, but it's intelligence and humor made up for its tragedy. And in a way, I think that was perhaps Philbrick's point. That is, not to "make up" for tragedy, but to present a story in which a character ultimately focuses on what was and is good, alive, funny, meaningful. It's a story about setting our eyes on love instead of loss. "Freak", interestingly, is not our protagonist. Max is. Maxwell Kane. Max is the ever-growing middle school kid who, though quiet in the classroom, is very alive in his head. It was the only time I disbelieved him as a narrator, when he professed to not being very smart. Max's mental voice is so whipsmart I was like, "Yeah right, Max". "Freak" is Max's friend, a dictionary-toting, space-loving, living-life kid whose internal organs happen to be outgrowing his body (which stopped growing very much when he was very young as the result of a congenital birth defect). My favorite entry in Freak's dictionary? "Book: a four letter word for truth serum." Stay tuned to the end of the book to hear the others.

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