Freak the Mighty
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
Get this: you can bring Freak the Mighty to your school. The author himself adapted the novel into a play. Check it out.
Rodman Philbrick wrote 10 novels before one was finally accepted for publication. That's some serious perseverance for you. (Source)
The movie adaptation of Freak the Mighty is just called The Mighty. The producers changed the title because they were worried about offending people. What do you think? (Source)
Kevin, a.k.a. Freak, is based on a real person in Philbrick's neighborhood. Just goes to show you, you only need to look around you for some major inspiration. (Source)