Rodman Philbrick has been writing since the age of sixteen. He had published more than a dozen novels for adults before the publication of his first book for younger readers, Freak the Mighty in 1993. Since then, he has won numerous awards and honours, and Freak the Mighty has been adapted into a major film starring Sharon Stone. Rod and his wife divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys, USA.
Rodman's first children's novel is the story of Max and Kevin – both bullied for their unusual size but who walk high above the world when they're together. Kevin's condition was inspired by a real person Rodman used to know:
It was my privilege to know an extraordinary young man who lived with a rare spinal condition that meant he would never be much more than three feet tall. Despite severe medical problems and an uncertain future, my brilliant young friend faced life with unconquerable spirits. Rodman Philbrick
Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak The Mighty and walk high above the world. An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller. Not available for purchase in the EU.
"I love getting these fresh, wonder-filled messages from kids. As a writer I'm convinced that encouraging children to write fiction, to hook into that marvellous machine called the imagination, has to be good for everyone."
Rodman Philbrick's gripping story reads like John Steinbeck Sunday Times review of Fire Pony