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Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty


by Rodman Philbrick

Freak the Mighty Theme of Friendship

At the beginning of Freak the Mighty, Max lives in a friends-free zone. But Freak won't have any of it, and pulls Max into a friendship that totally turns his world upside down. Max starts doing better in school, he's more polite to his grandparents, and he spends more time out of the down under. Yeah, this is some seriously positive peer pressure we've got going on.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Why is Freak able to become Max's friend when no one else has ever been able to? What's different about Freak or about his friend-making strategy?
  2. Do any of the adults in the book have friends? What do we make of other friendships we see in Freak the Mighty?
  3. Would you rather be BFFs with Max or Freak? Why?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Friendship is more important than family to Max.

Freak and Max's friendship benefits Max more than it benefits Freak.

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