Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick (1993)
This is another one of those books Son #2 has been recommending for several years. He started reading it to #3 in the truck when we ran errands. I really liked the "Live Audiobook" version, but we got home at a good part and I couldn't lock the boys in the car until they finished reading, so I finished it up myself.
Outcasts, one huge/quiet/parentally challenged (one dead, one in prison) and one small/loud/obsessed with quests, find each other and form a bond against bullies and criminals. It's a sad story...
oops, powers running out.
Just asking, but which came first -- this book or John Irving's Prayer for Owen Meany?