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Freak the Mighty
Rodman R. Philbrick
0439286069
April 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Two eighth-grade misfits-one physically impaired, the other with a learning disability-become fast friends in a story PW found "choked with cliches and stereotypes." Ages 10-14. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-A wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss. Large, awkward, learning-disabled Maxwell Kane, whose father is in prison for murdering his mother, and crippled, undersized Kevin are both mocked by their peers; the cruel taunting they endure is all too realistic and believable. The boys establish a friendship-and a partnership. Kevin defends them with his intelligence, while Max is his friend's "legs," affording him a...


Max the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
0590579649
October 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
PW's starred review called this sequel to Freak the Mighty "a rip-roaring, heartwarming escapade." Ages 10-14. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7?There ought to be a law against churning out thoughtless sequels to great books. Max, introduced in Freak the Mighty (Scholastic, 1993), reluctantly runs away with Worm, the 11-year-old stepdaughter of a delusional and abusive street character he calls "the Undertaker." Hitchhiking west in search of Worm's real father, thought to be living in Chivalry, Montana, they are picked up by a widowed ex-teacher called "Hippy-Dippy," who is traveling in a '70s-style, reconditioned school bus. Their ride is interrupted by a chance meeting with an unsavory pair of con artists who recognize...


The Young Man And The Sea
Rodman Philbrick
0439368308
May 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Ernest Hemingway, the author of The Old Man and the Sea, once remarked that American literature began with Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Rodman Philbrick repays the compliment with a nod to Hemingway in The Young Man and the Sea(Blue Sky, 2004) set in coastal Maine. Trying to overcome the sadness of his mother's death and his father's melancholy and inattention, Philbrick's protagonist, Skiff Beaman, sets out to sea in a small wooden boat to catch a giant fish with a harpoon made by his Dad, hoping to earn enough money to repair the family boat. Landing a giant tuna in open water, Skiff, like Hemingway's Old Man, fights the forces of nature and finds the strength to catch the record-breaking fish. Expertly narrated by actor Kirby Heyborne, this is a compelling coming-of-age...


Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds: The Donner Party Expedition, 1846
Rodman R. Philbrick
0439216001
November 2001
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-"Today I embark on a great journey." This initial, optimistic entry in a 15-year-old orphan's journal exemplifies the Donner Party's hopes for a new and better life in California. Although he knows that James Reed and George Donner lack experience in such an endeavor as a trek west, Deeds believes in the men. He describes the many difficulties encountered on the journey, including river crossings, poor roads, and fear of Native Americans. Little by little, the hardships increase-members of the group die from illness or injury, and the number of wagons dwindles. The decision to use the Hasting "shortcut" proves deadly. Trapped in the snow and facing starvation, the Donner Party is transformed from a group of cooperative and generous people into one plagued by suspicion and selfishness, resorting even...


Rem World
Rodman Philbrick
0439083621
May 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Imaginative characters and a string of cliffhangers make Philbrick's (Freak the Mighty) science-fiction novel a fun and fast-paced read. Eleven-year-old Arthur Woodbury, tired of being called "Biscuit Butt," orders a weight-loss device advertised in his comic book: "Lose weight while you sleep! REM World Products." When the device arrives, Arthur discovers that the helmet transports him to a magical REM world. But because he did not follow the instructions carefully, he's stuck there, and even worse, he's unleashed a force that could destroy the universe. Through a series of fantastic adventures, in which he's forced "to do stuff like pull-ups and row a boat, and fly, and ride the giants," Arthur finds a way to return home and save the universe, losing weight along the way--and, more important, gaining...


Abduction
Rodman Philbrick
0590348086
July 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
When aliens come to a small town, it's time to fight ... or die.


Freak the Mighty
Rod Philbrick
0760763348
September 2004
Paperback
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The Last Book in the Universe
Rodman Philbrick
0439087589
Nov 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Like the hero from his last novel, REM World, Philbrick's latest misfit protagonist embarks on an adventure in a fantasticAand often frighteningAalternative world. Spaz, an abandoned epileptic, lives on postapocalyptic Earth, destroyed long ago by an earthquake. The gray sky rains acid, the food is largely "tasteless protein chunks" and the creation of "mindprobes," virtual reality movies implanted directly in the brain, is destroying what's left of civilization. When Spaz learns that Bean, his foster sister, is dying, he begins a forbidden journey to see her. Ryter, a wise old man, accompanies Spaz and outwits most of their foes; he also ultimately teaches Spaz the value of keeping stories alive. The author creates some fascinating characters, such as the Monkey Boys, a brutal band "as wild as the paint on their...


Last Book in the Universe
Rodman Philbrick
0439087597
March 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Philbrick's latest misfit protagonist embarks on an adventure in a fantastic and often frightening alternative world," said PW. "The creation of a futuristic dialect, combined with striking descriptions of a postmodern civilization, will convincingly transport readers." Ages 10-14. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Spaz, a boy who lives on the fringes of his surreal future world, partly because epilepsy prevents him from using the mind probes most people use to blot out reality, sets out on a classic quest to save his ill foster sister. To do so, he must cross forbidden territory and face frightening gangs and their leaders. He picks up companions as he travels: Ryter, a philosophic old man whose treasure is the...


Abduction
Rodman Philbrick
0613071913
July 1998
Hardcover
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My Name Is America
Rodman Philbrick
0439555191
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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Rem World
Rodman Philbrick
043908363X
March 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
An 11-year-old orders a weight-loss device, but because he fails to follow the directions, he unleashes a force that could destroy the universe. Imaginative characters and a string of cliffhangers make this science-fiction novel a fun and faced-paced read, said PW. Ages 9-14. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-This fantasy may appeal to a young audience unfamiliar with the genre, but it leaves much to be desired. Arthur Woodbury, 10, has had enough of fat jokes, so when he sees an ad for a sleep device that guarantees weight loss, he wastes no time. However, he fails to read the instructions completely, and the magic helmet deposits him in REM World, creating a conundrum that violates the laws of the universe. Arthur...


The Last Book in the Universe
Rodman Philbrick
0439771331
June 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Philbrick's latest misfit protagonist embarks on an adventure in a fantastic and often frightening alternative world," said PW. "The creation of a futuristic dialect, combined with striking descriptions of a postmodern civilization, will convincingly transport readers." Ages 10-14. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Spaz, a boy who lives on the fringes of his surreal future world, partly because epilepsy prevents him from using the mind probes most people use to blot out reality, sets out on a classic quest to save his ill foster sister. To do so, he must cross forbidden territory and face frightening gangs and their leaders. He picks up...


The Young Man and the Sea
Rodman Philbrick
0439368294
February 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8--A 12-year-old protagonist replaces Ernest Hemingway's elderly Santiago in this takeoff on the classic novelette, set this time in coastal Maine. Skiff has lost his mother and, since her death, his father, once a hardworking fisherman locally known for his skills with a harpoon, has sunken into such deep, beer-soaked despair that his son can't seem to rouse him off the couch. As Skiff tries to single-handedly stem the rising tide of slovenly decay threatening to swamp what's left of his family, he also must contend with Tyler Croft, a bullying rich kid who sabotages his efforts to get ahead. Things seem entirely hopeless until the day he sees a giant tuna hauled in from offshore and sold for a large sum as a source for premium sushi. The fish literally and symbolically embodies all of Skiff's...

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