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Maniac Magee

byJerry SpinelliAs told byJerry Spinelli

Paperback | November 1, 1999

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A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.
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.
Includes an introduction from Newbery Award-winning author ofThe One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate.

Jerry Spinelli is the author of over fifteen immensely popular books for young readers, includingEggs, Stargirl, Space Station Seventh Grade,Newbery Honor winnerWringer, andManiac Magee, winner of more than fifteen state children's book awards in addition to the Newbery Medal. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Eileen. His website...
Title:Maniac MageeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:November 1, 1999Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316809063

ISBN - 13:9780316809061

Appropriate for ages: 1


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous book Had to read it for school but it was surprisingly a really interesting book.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from big ideas for little people Jerry Spinneli is an author who continues to amaze me. He writes with depth and compassion and brutal honesty of our society. My 10 year old read this, and recommended it to me. An author who can write across the generation gap is a great author in my mind! So much perspective to discuss afterwards.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A magnificent book I read in school which explores themes of racism and homelessness. This has a great message and is a heart-warming read.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Have used this as both a read aloud and a novel study in my class. Fantastic and fun story
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars This is a short, but powerful book that challenges racism and takes a look at poverty, as well. It is delivered within a fun, suburban-folklore-style story, so it isn't too dark -- in fact, it's very uplifting. Also, the language Spinelli uses throughout is just brilliant. I love the language as much as I love the story itself.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE This book is one of the many books that shaped my childhood. I first read this book in grade 5 and just fell head over heels for it. Recommend for anyone from 10-100. There is a point of dialogue that goes back and forth that's a tad confusing but other than that LOVE!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I remember reading this book a long time ago when I was probably in elementary school. The book's title stuck in my head and when I found myself having to pick a book to read with my class of mainly ESL grade 6-7's, I thought this would be a great book. And boy did I love reading it again! It's such a nice story told in a way that is easy to understand and fun to read. It is so descriptive that one could just close his/her eye's and picture what is happening in the novel. My students also loved this book. It's a great story to teach about racism and show that there is no real difference between black and white. Spinelli uses some foreshadowing and sets up the story like Maniac Magee is a legend and it is hard to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to his life. Everyone should read this book - even if you are older! You will thoroughly enjoy and maybe even recommend it for your children, students or anyone young in your life!
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Three cheers and an ‘A-men’ for Maniac Magee! Maniac Magee is like a story told through an imaginative child on the playground at recess, where exaggeration and fantasy are just as important as any truths. Spinelli’s clever, funny and creative approach to dealing with such staggering issues as death, homelessness and racism, is to be applauded. The clear message is that ignorance breeds hate, and if we could just get to know one another and put aside our fears, things could be very different in our world divided. It is through the talented, compassionate and fearless Jeffrey ‘Maniac’ Magee that the gap between the East and West ends of the city of Two Mills, finally comes together. Maniac unwittingly spends most of his time teaching people from both sides about one another, thus helping to break down the fear of the unknown. This orphan also has the fortune of coming across many kind-hearted people in his travels, from both neighbourhoods, and it is through them that he learns about love and what it means to be a part of a family. It is such witty creations as a tricycle biker gang named ‘Heck’s Angels’, and a young girl who takes all of her books with her to school in a suitcase every day, so her younger siblings won’t crayon all their pages, that make this a rather entertaining read.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book that will warm your heart This book was one of my favourites because it talks about racisim. Now anybody would think that this book would be sad and very serious but it's not. Jerry Spinelli has fit in humour and drama at the very same time, yet he has not lost the reader's interest. I think this book deserves 4 out of 5.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of all time I read Maniac Magee when I was in grade 8 and I loved it. I am now a University graduate and it is still my all-time favourite book. The characters are all so well-developed and the story is so interesting and wonderfully told. You will become so attached to the protagonist that you will miss him once you finish reading the book and you may just have to pick it up and read it again! This is a wonderful story for any age and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2007-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay! Again, it wasn't very interesting to read on, but you go a sense of back then when races were seperated. It was okay. Wasn't as enjoyable as I would have liked it to be!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the greatest book I have ever read Maniac Magee I am in grade 4 and have read this book 3 times. This is a story about a kid who is adventurous in ways you could never be. The life of this boy is horrid because his parent's die. He does many impossible things. Smashing Giant John's strikeout record in baseball. He turns foes into friends. My opinion is other kids would like it. Mr. Spinelli makes you feel like you don't want to put the book down. You feel like a character in the story. Matt
Date published: 2006-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from blah This book was okay! I mean it didn't make me want to keep reading it late into the night I just thought the idea of having a black part of the city and a white part was just weird and kind of racist! Anyway it was just blah.
Date published: 2005-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ouch I did NOT like this book. It was horrible. To me, it is the complain diary of Jeffery Lionel Magee. I thought it was going to be good, but I was wrong. After he ran away the 3rd time, I got annoyed. And everytime something gets good, someone dies or he causes trouble. I expected more out of Jerrey Spinelli.
Date published: 2004-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of all time I read this book in grade 4, 7, 9, and 11. I'm in my second year at McGill and am looking to read it again. I've never written a review like this before, but this is my favourite book of all time. A great book for anyone male or female, old or young.
Date published: 2002-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I think Maniac Magee is a great book. I read it in my grade 5 class. It is very good and eventful.
Date published: 2002-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Of The Best An awesome book that made me appriciate what I have. We read it as a class and we all REALLY enjoyed it. I give it 2 thumbs up!!!
Date published: 2002-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I just read Maniac Magee in school. It is the best book I have ever read. It is very informative. It made me realize things, and taught me that racism is wrong. The book is very moving and I have read it at least three times. This book is definately a must buy!
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I just read Maniac Magee in school. It is the best book I have ever read. It is very informative. It made me realize things, and taught me that racism is wrong. The book is very moving and I have read it at least three times. This book is definately a must buy!
Date published: 2001-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEET This is a great book, I'm in grade 8 and I loved it!!! If you are anywere between 12-16 you will love this book, SWEET!!
Date published: 2000-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book My teacher read this to us in grade 4. Spinelli did a great job at descriptions of the characters and settings in this book. I really liked the story.
Date published: 2000-10-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Very Good I read this book in grade 5..didnt really like it some parts were ok was boring near the end.
Date published: 2000-10-01

From Our Editors

People don’t just arbitrarily give you the name Maniac Magee. You really have to earn it. Born Jeffrey Lionel Magee, Maniac lost his parents at an early age; then his life changed dramatically. Kids today talk about how fast he could run and about his incredible in-the-park "frog" home run. But what the kids from the East and West sides talk about most is what he did for them all. Maniac Magee is a charmingly feel-good fiction and winner of the 1991 Newberry Medal.