What happened the summer between 7th and 8th grade in Freak the Mighty?In the book Freak the Mighty, what happened during the summer between seventh and eighth grade?

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Well, the short answer to this question is, a lot! Specifically, during that summer, which Max refers to as the "barefoot summer", he grows a great deal. This is significant because he is already a very large boy for his age, which makes him the subject of much teasing. Also, this is when Max meets Kevin when Kevin and his mother, the Fair Gwen of Air, move in next door.

Kevin and Max form a close friendship, so close that the two become known by the single nickname Freak the Mighty. Kevin (Freak) stands out due to both his amazing intelligence and his physical deformity--he suffers from a disease that keeps his body very small. Max (the Mighty) has been in a special education class. We are led to believe that this is due more to emotional trauma (his father killed his mother) than to actual limited intelligence). Together, Kevin and Max accomplish heroic feats against the town bullies, Max's father (who escapes from prison and kidnaps Max), and conventional stereotypes that often make kids who are different less than human.