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This is the sequel to Freak the Mighty, featuring the surviving half of that tragic duo. Maxwell Kane is still big and strong, a loner living in his grandparents’ basement, and generally thought of as stupid; but at least, thanks to his late friend Kevin, he can read, and he no longer worries much about his father, aptly nicknamed “Killer Kane,” coming to get him.
But a normal life still eludes Max. The world, indeed, turns very weird when he meets a tiny, red-headed girl named Rachel, nicknamed Worm because she is such a bookworm. Before he knows what he’s doing, he and Worm are on the run from the law and especially from Worm’s horrid stepfather, the Undertaker. They set off across country to find Worm’s real father, meeting good, bad, and all-around pretty unusual people along the way.
And when they finally reach the town of Chivalry, Montana, those of you who have read I Am the Cheese or Walk Two Moons will not be awfully surprised. Or maybe, yet, you will. For the chase reaches an ominous, desperate climax in which, it seems, defeat may be snatched from the jaws of victory.
Enjoy this book about a girl who believes in magic too much, and a boy who thinks maybe magic believes in him. Enjoy this tale of the beginning of a lifelong friendship…and wonder, with dread, until almost the last page, how long that life will be.
Recommended Age: 12+