Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (Also published as The Mighty)

Max is a slow learner stuck in an overly large body. Kevin is brilliant with a crippled body less than half the size of his brain. Together, these boys become Freak the Mighty, a team intent on slaying dragons, saving damsels in distress and outwitting bullies of all types. Most importantly, their friendship gives them power in a world that rejects them. Max gives Kevin legs while Kevin teaches Max about the adventure around them. Through Kevin's friendship, Max learns he is smarter than he realized.

Freak the Mighty is a profound story about the power of friendship. It also teaches valuable lessons about the trials and triumphs of being different. This fast-paced and entertaining story is a perfect tool for helping middle grade readers understand and accept people with disabilities.

Recommended ages-11 and up

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