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(Freak) The Mighty Review

In the movie, The Mighty, Maxwell Kane is a seventh grader whose body grew faster than his brain. The kids at school pick on him. They call him names, they push him around, and they threaten to beat him up. Even the gym teacher is mean. All this bullying makes Max feel stupid and worthless.

That changes when the new boy moves in next door–a boy the bullies call Freak. Freak was born with a birth defect. He can’t walk without braces, so he’s learned to live in his own brilliant mind. Once Freak becomes Max’s reading tutor, he introduces Max to the medieval world of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Max and Freak are two misfits who just want to be normal. They both want to be more than what other people see them as. Max has all the physical power that Freak’s broken body does not, while Freak’s got the brains that Max doesn’t realize he already has. Together, they follow a code of honor from the dark ages: A knight proves his worth by his actions.

Just like Freak and Max, we have a choice in the way we treat others. While we can’t make people like us, we can make people feel good about themselves by being nice. We can also make them feel ugly or stupid or worthless.

So, watch the movie, The Mighty. Or, read the book, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. I have watched The Mighty twice in one month. It rocked both times. It was easy to see myself in all the characters–even the bullies. I gave the movie four gold stacks because it made me think about the way I treat others and because I love King Arthur.

What actions define you? What can you do to prove your worth? If you have read the book or watched the movie, what is your favorite part?

Curious minds want to know.

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Book Reports

 

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Book Report: Savvy by Ingrid Law

  • Book: Savvy
  • Author: Ingrid Law
  • Pages: 342 easy to read ones
  • Main Character’s Age: just turned 13

I LOVED this book.

There, I said it. I love this book. It captures all the things kids want most in the world: the power to control something outside themselves. When I was younger, I would spend all my time in the car searching for a secret button or door or lever hiding in the upholstery (that means seats). I imagined all sorts of scenarios from me pushing that little screw and disappearing into a different world to me being able to read people’s minds by pressing my ear just right against the window. Sadly, I never found anything special in my car. If that special button was ever there, it never found me either. At the end of my childhood, I became a normal adult without any super powers what-so-ever.

Mibs, the main character in Savvy, is anything but normal. Her family is filled with amazing powers like catching radio waves in the air, controlling electricity, breaking into any locked place and being totally perfect. For years Mibs has waited for her birthday savvy to appear when she blew out her thirteen candles. Instead, her father gets in an accident and Mibs is left with the strange church family from town. Enter a cute boy, his nasty sister, a hibernating turtle, body-less voices and a very lame birthday party. In the midst of it all Mibs believes that she is the only one who can save her father by using her savvy. The problem is, she doesn’t know exactly what her savvy is or how to control it.

But that doesn’t stop her. In true Mibs’ fashion, she acts without thinking and sets off a chain of very uncontrollable events that barrels down the highway in a pink bus and lands her and her band of outlaws in a far-away hospital.

  • Who should read this book: anyone who ever wanted to be something out of the ordinary
  • Seriously: boys and girls 9 and up, their parents and their teachers
  • Gold Coin Rating: 4 out of 5 for unique characters, fun writing style and satisfying ending

 

 

 

 

If you had super powers, what would they be and why? How would you use them?

Curious minds want to know.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Book Reports

 

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