Freak the Mighty Chapter 12 Summary

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In chapter twelve of the Rodman Philbrick novel, Freak the Mighty, school is back in session.In this lesson, we will see what happens as Freak and Max head back to school.

Going Back to School

In chapter twelve of the Rodman Philbrick's novel Freak the Mighty, Max has just had the greatest summer ever! Kevin's daily quests have given Max a purpose. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. School is starting. Will it be a better year?

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Reflecting on Their Dads

After leaving Loretta and Iggy at the Testaments, Max feels bad for Kevin. Kevin shrugs it off. It is true; his dad left because of him. Gwen refuses to discuss it, but he knows it is because of him. Neither of them mention Killer Kane.

Another School Year Begins

Dread overcomes Max every time he is reminded that school is about to start. Gram says she is proud of having a grandson in the eighth grade, but he knows that the only reason he made it out of seventh is because the teachers did not want to deal with him for another year.

Gram takes him clothes shopping, which is the worst. He feels like he is on display for everyone to laugh at. It is embarrassing to have his size thirteen triple E shoe brought out from the back.

At least Freak will be there. Gwen has been able to convince the school to put Max in the smart classes with Kevin to help him get around. Gram is hesitant to sign Max out of special education, but Grim thinks it is worth a try.

Mrs. Donelli's Class

At first, the other kids are so into themselves that no one notices Freak and Max, but it is only a matter of time before Max begins hearing the whispers.

Shockingly, Mrs. Donelli, the English teacher asks Max to tell about his summer. Teachers have always known better than to ask Max to speak in front of the class. The other kids use the opening provided by his stunned silence to taunt him. Poor Max is called 'Maxi Pad' as students throw paper at him and chant, 'Killer Kane, Killer Kane, had a kid who got no brain.'

The class was so out of control, Mrs. Donelli did not know what to do. Freak climbs up on the desk and shouts, 'Order! Order in the court! Let justice be heard!' For some reason, this works and everyone gets quiet.

A Trip to the Principal's Office

Once Kevin had everyone's attention, Mrs. Donelli asked for his name. Kevin responds that sometimes he is Kevin and sometimes he is more than Kevin. 'Sometimes we're nine feet tall and strong enough to walk through walls. Sometimes we fight gangs. Sometimes we find treasure. Sometimes we slay dragons and drink from the Holy Grail!'

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