Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty is one of my all- time favorite books! The story is told through the eyes of the narrator, Maxwell Kane. Kevin and his mom move in next door to Max and his grandparents, and an unlikely friendship is born.
One of the primary ways that Kevin changes is in his attitude toward Max. At first, he treats Max with something like disdain. He certainly adopts an attitude of superiority over Max. The first words he speaks to Max nearly scare the big kid away. When they meet in chapter two, Kevin begins the exchange:
"Identify yourself, earthling." I'm busy keeping my feet from tripping and don't get that he means me. "I said identify yourself, earthling, or suffer the consequences." I'm like, what? And before I can decide whether or not to tell him my name, or which name, because by now I recognize him as the weird little robot kid from daycare, and maybe he recognizes me as Kicker, anyhow before I can say a word he pulls the trigger on that crutch and...
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