Freak the Mighty מספר את סיפורו של מקס קיין, תלמיד כיתה ז' בעל שיעור קומה אדיר, אך נאבק עם לקות למידה לא מאובחנת והטראומה של אובדן אמו לאלימות בגיל צעיר. נראה שהשכן החדש של מקס, קווין "פריק" אייברי, הוא הקוטב ההפוך. גודלו הקטן של פריק נובע מהפרעה גנטית נדירה שמקשה עליו ללכת. לאחר יצירת ידידות, מקס מתחיל לשאת את פריק על כתפיו וכך, "הפריק האדיר" נולד!
התלמידים יכולים לעקוב אחר הנושאים, הסמלים והמוטיבים השונים הקיימים ב- Freak the Mighty וליצור מפת עכביש המתייגת, מגדירה וממחישה אותם.
THE BLANK NOTEBOOK
"I want you to fill it up with our adventures."
"I could tell you all the medical terminology, but what finally happened is his heart just got too big for his body."
"We're Freak the Mighty, that's who we are. We're nine feet tall, in case you haven't noticed." That's how it started, really, how we got to be Freak the Mighty, slaying dragons and fools and walking high above the world"
Before he goes for his "operation", Kevin gives Max a blank notebook and tells him to "fill it up with our adventures". In this way, Kevin shows Max that he believes in him and his ability to write. He also offers Max a way to remember him and their special times together. Without Max realizing it at the time, it also gives him a way to process his grief.
Freak/Kevin has "Morquio syndrome", which is a rare genetic condition that affects a child's bones and spine, organs and physical abilities. Kevin's organs continued growing while his skeletal system remained small. This is what caused him many health problems.
Kevin and Max develop an unlikely friendship. At first, Max is dumbfounded by Kevin's huge vocabulary and his physical differences. However he soon finds that Kevin is the most interesting person he's ever met and they form a close bond. They both lift each other up in different ways - even literally!
FREAK THE MIGHTYThemes, Symbols & Motifs
Kevin gives Max a dictionary for Christmas. It is a hand-written book of all his favorite words along with insightful and humorous definitions. Since they bonded over storytelling, learning to read, and Freak increasing Max's vocabulary, this is a meaningful gift from the heart.
Max witnessed the violent loss of his mother at the hands of his father at the tender age of four. His trauma reveals itself in different ways: lashing out at school since pre-school, earning him the nickname "kicker", difficulty learning, nightmares, and being fearful of trusting or befriending anyone until "Freak" comes along.
Max suffered losing both his mother and his father to violence at a young age. He has been cared for by his grandparents who, too, are grieving the loss of their daughter. Kevin's father left when he was a baby apparently because of his medical issues and is raised by his single mother. However, together they form a loving and supportive family.