Summer is a great time for trying new books and discovering new favorites. This week Tony Medina tells us about a great book he found and loved immediately.
The book I selected as one of my faves is one I just read a few weeks ago, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. What I like about the novel first and foremost is the voice of the narrator, as well as the main characters. Philbrick brings these characters to life in what he calls, “talking on paper,” which is what Maxwell Kane does in his telling of the story of how he met Kevin and the adventures they shared. The story is told in vivid, absurd and realistic scenes that bring out the humor and heartwarming pathos of Max and Kevin, both of who are social misfits and outsiders. Together they forge a friendship and bond that could withstand the torments of school bullies, loneliness and feelings of worthlessness and doubt. What Max thinks he lacks, Kevin gives him and vice versa. Together they become Freak the Mighty. This book celebrates the outsider through friendship, unity and the power of imagination and forgiveness. Max finds himself in relation to his next-door neighbor and best friend, Kevin, and ultimately finds his voice as a writer.
Be sure to check out last week’s Photo of the Week with Susanna Pitzer. Happy Reading!