the Mighty By Rodman Philbrick
There’s Max, and there’s Freak, Max’s friend who
moves into the house next door. Freak is brilliant. He is very interested in
stuff about King Arthur, science, architecture... he teaches max about
everything. Freak is only 2 feet tall due to a life-threatening disease, and by
the way, Freak isn’t his real name. Max, only being in the 8th grade, is said
to have grown an inch every day, and towers more than a head over every other
kid. Max lives in his grandparent’s basement, which he calls the down under; he
lives with them because his mom was murdered by his dad who is now in jail!
The story is told in present and past
and flows easily.
There’s really good contrast between characters.
Recommended for 7tth grade and up.
by: Claire, age 13 c/o Books Inc. Mountain View