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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Nov. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316809063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316809061
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 460 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this modern-day tall tale, Spinelli ( Dump Days ; Jason and Marceline ) presents a humorous yet poignant look at the issue of race relations, a rare topic for a work aimed at middle readers. Orphaned as an infant, Jerry Magee is reared by his feuding aunt and uncle until he runs away at age eight. He finds his way to Two Mills, Pa., where the legend of "Maniac" Magee begins after he scores major upsets against Brian Denehy, the star high school football player, and Little League tough guy, John McNab. In racially divided Two Mills, the Beales, a black family, take Maniac in, but despite his local fame, community pressure forces him out and he returns to living at the zoo. Park groundskeeper Grayson next cares for the boy, but the old man dies and Maniac moves into the squalid home of the McNabs, who are convinced a race war is imminent. After a showdown with his nemesis, Mars Bar, Maniac bridges the gap between the two sides of town and finally finds a home. Full of snappy street-talk cadences, this off-the-wall yarn will give readers of all colors plenty of food for thought. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on May 23 2004
Format: Paperback
Maniac Magee
By Jerry Spinelli
Historical fiction/ fiction
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, is an outstanding book! It is about a kid-Jeffrey Magee- who lives with his aunt and uncle because his parents died... Jeffrey's uncle and aunt always fight! The child runs away.

Jeffrey crosses the white line in the middle of the road of a town he wasn't sure of. After crossing it...boy, was he in trouble! Crossing to the East End of the town- where the "black" people live- was partially why Jeffrey Magee was named Maniac.
Read the book to find out the trouble Jeffrey causes and gets into!
Maniac Magee can untie any knot and run verrrrry fast. He goes on the East End, when he's supposed to be on the west End- where the "white" people live. Wow! He IS a "maniac" !
I would recommend this book to any one who likes Jerry Spinelli- a great kid's author- or even to anyone who has never even heard of him! Maniac Magee, along with Wringer and The Library Card, have emotional things in them- wheather the emotions are sad, happy, funny or angry. Go on, now! Go read the John Newberry Medal book, Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli!
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I sort of lump Jerry Spinelli and Kate DiCamillo into the same category. Though Spinelli has always been more prolific than DiCamillo (partly because he's been working longer), both authors create similar upbeat-but-acknowledge-the-world's-problems type children's books. And people love Spinelli and DiCamillo. Love them because they want to feel that these books really capture the unattainable good within the bad that is so very hard to write about. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of DiCamillo, and Spinelli's "Stargirl" left me kinda cold. So I picked up "Maniac Magee" with a kind of vain hope. Maybe this book would be better than I'd expected. Maybe it wouldn't drown the darker elements of life and society in the ooey-gooey syrup of a "Full House" episode. Maybe, in fact, this would be a great book. And you know what? It kind of is.
This is a tall tale. The awesome story of Maniac Magee. He was the fastest, smartest, coolest kid you'd ever meet. He could untie any knot you handed him, and outrun anyone you could name. He was tough and funny and never went to school. He was a living legend in his day and was colorblind as they come. When Maniac Magee moves into the black side of town, his appearance there and subsequent actions trip off a series of events that lead, if not to greater understanding between townspeople, then to a lessening of prejudices.
This is what I liked about "Maniac Magee". I liked that this book didn't end with Maniac ala Keesha Knight Pullman in "Polly" destroying the barriers between the white side and the black side of town single-handedly. I liked that he didn't destroy racism itself and that the ending of the book, rather than clearing up the town's problems, cleared up Maniac's problems.
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Maniac Magee
By: Jerry Spinelli
Reviewed by: J. Fujii
Period: P.5
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli is about a boy named Jeffrey Lionel Magee. He was born in Bridgeport and was an orphn by the age of three because the P & W trolly crashed and killed Jerry's parents. Jeffrey then lived with Uncle Dan and Aunt Dot. Jeffrey's aunt and uncle hated each other, but didn't divorce because they were strong Catholics. The two never shared anything until the day of Jeffrey's show when Jeffrey ran away. Jeffrey ran to Two Mills. There, Jeffrey met Amanda who he bugged to lend him a book. Jeffrey then got a book and ran to a school interfering with a gym class. Jeffrey caught a football, scored a touchdown and kicked the football with a book in his hands. Jeffrey then saved a boy from Finsterwald's backyard and sat on Finsterwald's front steps which no one else had ever done. Jeffrey then battled against a pitcher who had struck out 16 players. Jeffrey hit all of the pitches and then hit a homerun by bunting a pitched frog! After that, Jeffrey got the name of Maniac Magee. He saw Amanda again and she invited Maniac to her house. When Maniac was at her house, he met the younger brother and younger sister and the two liked him. The next day, the doctor found out that Maniac was allergic to pizza. Maniac became famous from all the rumors passed around. Then one day, Maniac was told that he didn't belong with the blacks since he was white. Maniac then got a chance to show that he wanted to stay with the Baele's. Maniac went to Cobble's Corner Grocery and untied a knot that no one had ever untied before. It was Cobble's Knot and on that day, Maniac untied the knot. Maniac left Amanda's family and lived in the zoo until an old man named Grayson found him.
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By A Customer on March 22 2004
Format: Paperback
Have you ever heard of Jeffrey Lionel Magee? Jeffrey is the
main character, known as Maniac, in the thrilling novel,
Maniac Magee. Why is Jeffrey called "Maniac"? Well, he
runs faster than anyone else, sleeps with the buffaloes,
bunted a frog, and most importantly, he crossed Hector
Street. No kid ever crosses Hector Street, day or night. Two
Mills is separated by this street, whites on the West End,
blacks on the East End. Maniac, a white kid, once lived on
the East End! No white had ever done that! Maniac ran for
many miles from Holidaysburg to Two Mills, so he could
get away from his aunt and uncle. After the boy's parents
died in a trolley crash, Maniac went to live with his Aunt
Dot and Uncle Dan, but they always fought. He got fed up
and ran away. Hopping from home to home, family to
family, Maniac didn't have the best life you would ask for.
Does Maniac Magee's story have a happy ending? Find out
in Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.
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