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szdaily -> Culture
Freak the Mighty
    2017-May-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

This book by Rodman Philbrick, first published in 1993, was adapted into a 1998 movie titled “The Mighty.” It’s a wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.

Maxwell Kane, a lumbering* eighth grader who describes himself as a “butthead goon*,” has lived with grandparents Grim and Gram ever since his father was imprisoned for murdering his mother. Mean-spirited schoolmates and special ed (for an undetermined learning disability) haven’t improved his self-image, so he is totally unprepared for a friendship with Kevin, aka Freak, a veritable* genius with a serious birth defect* that’s left him in braces and using crutches.

Max is uplifted by Freak’s imagination and booming confidence, while Freak gets a literal boost — hoisted* onto Max’s shoulders, he shares Max’s mobility.

Together they become Freak the Mighty, an invincible* duo.

Inspired by tales of King Arthur, they become knights fighting for good and true causes. With Freak’s quick wits and Max’s long legs, they explore the neighborhood and best a gang of bullies. But Kevin’s illness progresses, and when he dies, Max is left with the memories of an extraordinary relationship and, perhaps, the insight* to think positively about himself and his future. The author writes with empathy, honoring the possibilities of even peripheral characters; Kevin and Max are memorable and luminous. Many YA novels deal with the effects of a friend dying, but this one is different and very special.

The book is available at online bookstores like jd.com.

(SD-Agencies)

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