Rodman Philbrick
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Rodman Philbrick

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. Inspired by the life of a boy who lived a few blocks away, he wrote 'Freak The Mighty', the 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, with original music provided by Sting.

Rodman Philbrick's novels for young readers include '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. Figg', a 2010 Newbery Honor book. A stage adaptation premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2012, and was revived at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in 2015. 'Zane and The Hurricane, a Novel of Katrina' received many starred reviews in 2014. His latest novel for young readers 'The Big Dark' will be published in 2016.

The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel, and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. A gothic tale of slavery and sea captains, 'Coffins' was published in 2002. Writing under the pen name 'William R. Dantz' he has explored the near-future worlds of genetic engineering and hi-tech brain control in books like 'Hunger', 'Pulse', 'The Seventh Sleeper', and 'Nine Levels Down'. He has published thrillers under the pen name Chris Jordan - 'Taken', Trapped', and 'Torn' - featuring Randall Shane, a former FBI Special Agent who specializes in recovering lost children. 'Measure of Darkness', a new Chris Jordan thriller about the very private investigator Naomi Nash, was published in December 2011 by Mira Books.

Rod and his late wife, Lynn Harnett, collaborated on a number of series for young readers, including 'The House on Cherry Street' and 'The Werewolf Chronicles'. He divides his time between Maine and the Florida Keys.

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Best Sellers

    • Freak the Mighty

    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Elden Henson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 435

    Meet Maxwell Kane, narrator of Freak the Mighty. Heâ¿¿s a timid soul stuck in the body of a teenage giant with size 14 shoes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Devastatingly beautiful.

    • By Joshua on 02-24-16

    Regular price: $22.60

    • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Teacher's Perspective

    • By Holly on 01-31-10

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Zane and the Hurricane

    • A Story of Katrina
    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Jerry Dixon
    • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So well written & beautifully narrated!

    • By Joel on 12-23-14

    Regular price: $14.69

    • The Big Dark

    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    In this pause-resisting adventure by Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick, a solar event knocks out our planet's electricity, and a boy must risk his life to save his sick mother....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book

    • By Deb Gray on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $12.95

    • The Young Man and the Sea

    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Skiff Beaman has a boatload of problems. Ever since his mother died, his father doesn't want to get up off the TV couch - even when the Mary Rose, his fishing boat, sinks at the dock....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great but..

    • By katsin on 10-17-18

    Regular price: $20.93

    • Who Killed Darius Drake?

    • By: Rodman Philbrick
    • Narrated by: Sean Welsh Brown
    • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Rodman Philbrick delivers a delicious, fast-paced whodunit about two socially outcast boys who set out to find jewels hidden for a century - and unwittingly flush out a murderer....

    Regular price: $13.29

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