In Philbrick's Freak the Mighty, why is Max convinced he does not have a brain? Is his assessment of himself as a "butthead" correct?

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At the beginning of the story, Max is in what he calls L.D. classes, which stands for "learning disabled." Because Max is shy, he does not want to talk as much as the average child. Also, by age twelve, he has gone through a few growth spurts and is physically huge compared to the other students. For Max, shy, plus large, plus bullies who call him names like "Maxipad," all add up to him feeling like he doesn't belong. Incidentally, Max uses the term "butthead" to describe the...

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