Author Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years, he wrote mysteries and detective novels for adults. Then, inspired by the life of a boy who lived a few blocks away, he wrote Freak the Mighty, an award-winning young adult novel which has been translated into numerous languages and is now read in schools throughout the world. The book was adapted to the screen as The Mighty, starring Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini, Kieran Culkin, and Elden Henson. Philbrick is the author of a number of novels for young readers, including The Fire Pony, Max the Mighty, REM World, The Last Book in the Universe, The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, The Young Man and the Sea, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.