Danielle Meyer’s letter to Rodman Philbrick,
“Freak the Mighty”
Dear Rodman Philbrick,
As I read this book, “Freak the Might,” it made
me think of my school. My school is a school where
sports dominates. For me that really stinks.
I’m involved in a few sports but I’m no all
star. I’m more like Kevin.
I’m a good student. When you are in a school
where sports dominates you are looked at as an outsider or a
person who is just different. After reading this book,
I realized that I might be an outsider but I’m the one
with everything going for me.
“Freak the Might” has also shown me that you
don’t have to do what the crowd is going. I
don’t have to go out and pick on kids or go out and
drink to have a good time. I can just be myself with
just a few of my closest friends. You have to be true
I have also learned to use the abilities that I have.
Kevin was always trying to find knew ways to improve on
things. He was always inventing something and trying
new things. He also did everything he could to help Max
to live up to his ability. After reading this book, I
have become involved with a 4th and 5th grade mentoring program
and a Jr. High mentoring program. I have learned that I was
given my abilities for a reason!
Kevin and Max were the two most different people you could ever
find, and they turned out to be best friends. Sometime
you just have to look outside the stereotype that you get all the
time. Some one might be the neatest person in the world
and may complement you, but because you were too busy looking at
what you thought you knew about someone, you lost that
chance. Kevin and Max got that chance and it has made
me look for that chance.
The last and most important thing that “Freak the
Might” has taught me is hope. Kevin never once
thought he was going to die. He never lost that
hope. It kept his spirit alive. It also kept
Max alive as well. When things don’t go your
way a lot of people shut down. Not Kevin. He
had to fight all his life and the more things went downhill, the
more fight he had in him. Max was so mad at Kevin in
the end because he had lied to him, but as the nurse told Max,
maybe Kevin really believed that he was going to get a
new body. Wouldn’t that be just like
Kevin? Always thinking the best is yet to come even
when he knows that he won’t get to see his high school
graduation, he’ll never get married, or have kids of his
own. That was Kevin. He never lost that hope.
That has made me see just because I get a bad grade on one test
to keep my hopes up because there is always another one to
come. At first there was one thing that kept me from
believing this, my grandma’s
Alzheimer’s. When I saw her going through that
I lost a lot of hope. As I sit here and write this it
brings back my hope. Sometimes you think of hope in the
wrong form. I thought if it as my grandma’s
health returning. I have learned that that
isn’t the hope I need to have. I need to have
the hope that she will be moving on to a better live with
Just remember always to ask for the most out of
life…even if it is just for more gruel!
Danielle Leigh Meyer