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Freak the Mighty Chapter 2 Summary
Up From the Down Under
This summer starts like every other summer Max has ever known: super boring.
He lives in the basement of his grandparents' house, which he likes because it gives him some privacy.
He can tell his grandparents are really worried about him and think he is at a "dangerous age" (2.2), but mostly Max just hangs out in the basement reading comics.
One day, Max is hanging out in the dirt patch he calls a backyard when he sees a moving van down the street. Exciting!
He spots a really pretty woman who looks sort of familiar, and then… he sees Freak.
Freak is super small for his age: "he's got a normal sized head, but the rest of him is shorter than a yard stick and kind of twisted in a way that means he can't stand up" (2.10).
But this doesn't stop Freak from strutting around on his crutches ordering all the moving guys around.
Freak is in the middle of shouting orders when he sees Max. He demands that Max identify himself or suffer the consequences.
Max thinks Freak (whose real name is Kevin, by the way) is being serious, so he sort of panics and does what any mature 13-year-old would do—he runs away.
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