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In Freak the Mighty, eighth-graders Maxwell and Kevin join forces to create the title character, a giant more powerful and brave than either of them. Tall and slow, Maxwell has no mother, and his father is in prison. Tiny, brainy Kevin gets around on crutches and calls himself “Freak.” Kevin’s intellect and imagination inspire new confidence in Maxwell, while Maxwell’s accepting nature and able body allow Kevin to explore the world outside of his books. When the boys are separated at the end of the story, Kevin’s last request to Maxwell becomes the legacy of their friendship.
Author Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty was first published in 1993. Philbrick based the character of Kevin on a boy he knew who was interested in science and language and rode around on the shoulders of a friend. Philbrick began his career writing for adults, but the real-life Kevin inspired him to write Freak the Mighty as his first novel for youth. He has gone on to write several more books for young readers, including The Fire Pony, The Young Man and the Sea, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.
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This eNotes lesson plan for Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty has been designed to streamline your preparation time and maximize your class time. Each lesson plan in the eNotes middle school series helps you teach challenging, thoughtful, and engaging works to readers from Grades 5 to 8. Tested in the classroom by hundreds of teachers like you, this lesson plan includes Teacher and Student editions that feature:
- Vocabulary lists and activities
- Spelling lists
- Comprehension questions
- Short-answer quizzes
- Multiple-choice quizzes
- Writing assignments
- Individual and group activities
A complete answer key is also available for you in the Teacher edition!