What are the main conflicts in Freak the Mighty, and how were they resolved?

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The two boys, Kevin and Max, face a number of conflicts during their trials and tribulations in Freak the Mighty. Kevin faces his extensive physical problems in the most positive way possible, often using his good humor and intellectual skills to avoid further predicaments. By teaming with Max, the two boys create Freak the Mighty, allowing both boys self-confidence and powers--physical and mental--that they would not have been able to experience alone. Max seems to have a tougher time dealing with his own problems. A depressed loner, he is brought out of his shell by Kevin, and things get better both at home and school. He still has problems dealing with the knowledge concerning the death of his mother, and Max still has to deal with bullies. More importantly, things really become complicated with the arrival of his murderous father: When he is abducted by his dad, it is Kevin who comes to his rescue. Max has yet another conflict with which to deal when Kevin dies, leaving him friendless once again. Max's grandparents make it clear that quitting school is not an option, even though he "hated every minute of it." But, when Max meets up with Loretta shortly after Kevin's death, she reminds him that being a "nothing is a drag, kid. Think about it." Max takes her words to heart, and taking the empty book from the pyramid box, Max begins writing his story--and that of Freak the Mighty.

... I'm feeling okay about remembering things. And now that I've written a book who knows, I might even read a few.
     No big deal.

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