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Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Magee (original 1990; edition 1999)

by Jerry Spinelli

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Title:Maniac Magee
Authors:Jerry Spinelli
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (1999), Edition: First Paperback Edition, Paperback, 180 pages
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Tags:Realistic Fiction Reading Level W

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This was a pretty easy read. I enjoyed it a lot when I was younger and it's something I would recommend to young readers. ( )
  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
What an endearing story. The story line is a little stilted or fragmented information. Even so the information you're given makes you think and wonder.
This book was a school book for my child this year and so apropos in the circumstances happening in the news at this time.
Jeffrey Magee doesn't understand why there's an imaginary boundary in a town where blacks live on the east side of town and the west live on the west side.
The story has good and bad on both ends and Jeffrey Magee makes friends and enemies on both sides of town.
In the end, hate is such a waste. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
This book is about a young boy whos parents are killed in a tragic accident, and he goes from family to family but none of the seem to ever work out. This could be used in the classroom to teach about overcoming tragedy and making the best of bad situations. I would use this in an older grade level since it is a chapter book. ( )
  Megannau1 | Nov 20, 2018 |
This book follows the story of a young boy named Jeremy who has lived a very difficult life. His parents died in a car accident and he was then sent to live with his aunt and uncle who never got along. This caused him to run away to Two Mills, Pennsylvania where he runs into many different people and is confronted with the issue of racism. This book would be great to use for a literature discussion circle and to discuss theme within the classroom. I would use it as a read-aloud discussion circle book just because of all of the issues of race it mentions which should be explained to students in a manner that is respectful and makes sense. I would use it with students in fifth grade and middle school.
  ksmole1 | Nov 14, 2018 |
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats. (amazon)
  zahanse1 | Nov 4, 2018 |
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Adrian Jackson (Books for Keeps No. 96, January 1996)
A marvellous and special book (a Newbery winner) - worth having as a set. It's the part mythic story of Maniac, always running, looking for, a home, how he got his name and how he became a legend. In between the stories of his untying the legendary Cobble's Knot, the baseball game involving a frog, sleeping alongside the buffalo at the-zoo and beating an ace sprinter by running backwards, is the racial, divide of the town. Maniac runs between the two, fighting his own battles, but also battling to bring people together. A wonderful read and read-aloud. Category: Middle/Secondary. . ...., Hippo, D3.50. Ages 10 to 14.
added by kthomp25 | editAdrian Jackson, Books for Keeps
Fran Lantz (KLIATT Review, September 1992 (Vol. 26, No. 6))
Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee is a scruffy 12-year-old runaway orphan with some exceptional powers--he can run faster than anyone, he can hit an inside-the-park homerun bunt, and he can untie any knot. One day he wanders into Two Mills, a highly segregated town. But Jeffrey is an innocent who makes friends with both black kids from the East Side and white kids from the West Side, and eventually--with only the force of his personality and unusual talents to help him--manages to unite the town. Spinelli has written an unusual and moving story. He presents Maniac as a legendary figure, and leaves it to the reader to decide what is true and what is myth. Although the book is a bit difficult to get into, the persistent reader will be well rewarded. Winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal. KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 1990, Harper-Trophy, $3.95. Ages 12 to 15.
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Maniac Magee was not born in a dump.
But that’s okay, because the history of a kid is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball.
She was right, of course. Inside his house, a kid gets one name, but on the other side of the door, it’s whatever the rest of the world wants to call him.
Never again to return to the house with two toasters. Never again to return to school.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316809063, Paperback)

Maniac Magee is a folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy. One that can outrun dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie a knot no one can undo. "Kid's gotta be a maniac," is what the folks in Two Mills say. It's also the story of how this boy, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, confronts racism in a small town, tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town. Presented as a folk tale, it's the stuff of storytelling. "The history of a kid," says Jerry Spinelli, "is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball." And for this kid, four parts of fun. Maniac Magee won the 1991 Newbery Medal.

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After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

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