Presentation on theme: "Book Talk By Davan Gardner. Freak dies. In the end, Freak’s condition takes his life, but leaves Max with great memories of their quests. Freak rescues."— Presentation transcript:
Freak dies. In the end, Freak’s condition takes his life, but leaves Max with great memories of their quests. Freak rescues Max from his dad. Freak uses his water gun to spray “acid” into Killer Kane’s eyes. Max’s dad, Killer Kane, kidnaps him. Max is living with his grandparents when his dad escapes from jail, breaks into the basement while Max is sleeping and takes him. Timeline Max and Freak go to the millpond to watch fireworks and they encounter a bully named Tony. Max carried Freak on his shoulders. This was the beginning of the creation of “Freak the Mighty.” Max and Freak become friends. This all starts when Max helps Freak retrieve his ornithopiter from a tree.
A letter from Max to his dad in prison: Dear Man Who is NOT My Father, I just want to tell you that what you did was wrong, kidnapping your own blood from Grim and Gram’s basement. Don’t you think you did enough when you hurt mom? You hurt me then too, but part of me hoped that I was wrong about you. That everyone was wrong about you. You talked about God and how you are some preacher now. Yeah, right! You are a butthead, a creep! I may look like you, but I am not anything like you. And I will never be anything like you. I have mom’s heart and I now I have a brain. And this brain knows what matters. Family. Family matters and sometimes family means friends. You, sir, are not my family. Killer Kenny Kane doesn’t have a kid without a brain. Kenny Kane doesn’t even have a kid. Goodbye. Max, the Mighty Written account
We Go Together by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta We go together Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong Remembered forever As shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom Chang chang changitty chang shoobop That's the way it should be, wha oooh, yeah We're one of a kind Like dip dadip dadip doowop da doobee doo Our names are signed Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shooby doowop shebop Chang chang changitty chang shoobop We'll always be like one, wa wa wa wah When we go out at night and stars are shinin' bright Up in the skies above Or at the high school dance where you can find romance Maybe it might be love Rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong Shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom Chang chang changitty chang shoobop Dip dadip dadip doowop da doobee doo Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shooby doowop shebop Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip de doom [ From: http://www.elyrics.net ] Rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong Shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom Chang chang changitty chang shoobop Dip dadip dadip doowop da doobee doo Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shooby doowop shebop Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip de doom Wop baba lumop a wap bam boom We're for each other Like wop baba lumop a wap bam boom Just like my brother Is sha na na na na na na na yippity dip de doom Chang chang changitty chang shoobop We'll always be together wha oooh, yeah We'll always be together We'll always be together We'll always be together Song
I chose the song, “We Go Together” as the theme song for Freak the Mighty because it is about two people who really fit one another. In the book, Freak sat on Max’s shoulders and they became one, so this song really fits. For instance, when Tony D. and his gang are after Freak and Max, Freak, who is sitting on max’s shoulders, shouts instructions on which direction Max should move in order to avoid their enemy (Philbrick 35). Freak was the brains that Max thought he was missing and Max was the strong healthy body that Freak was missing. Together they make one amazing team. Song
Thematic question: To what extent does power or the lack of power affect an individual? In Freak the Mighty, the lack of power affects Freak until he becomes friends with Max. He is a short guy with a physical disability and must rely on crutches to get around. Eventually he becomes friends with Max who places him on his shoulders and carries him around. Max becomes the body that Freak never had. For example, in the book, Max says, “so I just sort of reach down without thinking and pick up Freak and set him on my shoulders” (Philbreck 32). Max’s legs and height give Freak the power to see the world from a whole new perspective and explore it like never before. Thematic Question
I give the book, Freak the Mighty, five out of five stars. The plot is heartwarming and exciting as these two teenagers become friends and conquer the world together. An example of this is when Max is kidnapped by his criminal father and Freak comes to his rescue by breaking a window to enter the building where Max and his dad are. Max says, “I’m lying there all crumpled up sideways. I can see Freak. He’s rolled down through the cellar window into the pile of coal, and he’s trying to stand up” (Philbrick 131). I don’t know too many people these days that would do that for another human, but Freak does it, despite his disability and shows true bravery. There are many other examples of friendship in this book which made me laugh and cry. Freak the Mighty gave me hope in others and I recommend it to all teenagers. Book Review
What is L.D? LD stands for “learning disability.” It is a disability in which the brain does not correctly receive, process, store or respond to information (ncld.org). Ten-percent of children in school have a learning disability (ldanatl.org). Learning disabilities are not curable, but students can learn to adjust and live a normal life (ncld.org). There are several types of learning disabilities: Dyslexia, AD/HD, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia (ncld.org). Some symptoms of a learning disability are a short attention span, bad memory, a hard time following directions, a difficult time telling the difference between letters and numbers, being disorganized and low reading and writing skills (ldanatl.org). 5 Facts