A Book a Week #29

I know, I have fallen off the back on the NY resolution… somewhere between all the grade level planning days and GLEE starting up again- time spent reading has been pushed to the side a bit.

But this week I got back on track and finished Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.  It’s a wonderful book about an unlikely friendship.  One boy is small, disabled and wise beyond his years.  The other is freakishly large, and his intellectual and emotional capacity was stunted by a traumatic event in his past.  All is revealed as the story unfolds and you can’t help but feel a deep compassion for the characters.

I know several Grade 5 classes use this book- it would be a fantastic interactive read aloud at that age, offering many opportunities for thinking about ourselves through the characters’ experiences.

On the web:

Rodman Philbrick’s website

Clips from the movie

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