Like his characters Kevin and Max, author Rodman Philbrick has different names for different purposes. When he is writing thrillers like Hunger (1992) and Pulse (1999), he is William R. Dantz, and he has published crime novels under the pen name of W. R. Philbrick. However, despite the author's shifting identities and genres, Freak the Mighty (Philbrick’s first book for young readers) is anchored in reality. It was inspired by his encounters with a boy who had Morquio’s Syndrome (the disease Kevin suffers from in the novel) and a large, protective friend....
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