Monday, March 27, 2006
I finished Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick over the weekend. It is wonderful. This is a book about growing up and finding out what your strengths are, as well as about the power of love, family, friendship, connection. It’s about kids and parents and grandparents and friends. The story is about a sixth grader who feels large and awkward. Everyone keeps telling him he looks like his dad and his dad is in jail for a horrible thing that Kevin doesn’t want to remember. He makes friends with a new kid that happens to be extremely small due to a medical condition. They team up and become more together than either ever thought he could be alone. They go on quests and adventures and subdue dragons. The ending is sad but the growth process that Kevin accomplishes is encouraging and affirming. I highly recommend it.