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Maniac Magee
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2014
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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.

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Street Date:
03/11/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316378437
Accelerated Reader:
MG
Level 4.7, 5 Points
Lexile measure:
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Jerry Spinelli. (2014). Maniac Magee. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Jerry Spinelli. 2014. Maniac Magee. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014.

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Jerry Spinelli. Maniac Magee. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014.

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A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.


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      • content: jc20 - This story happened at Pennsylvania, when the orphan Maniac Magee lost his parents in an car accident. The he went to live with his closest relatives. His uncle and aunt doesn’t like each other and wanted to get a divorce, they have separated things like 2 refrigerators, 2 TVs,etc. Maniac magee lives with his aunt and uncle for 8 years, then he can’t take it anymore so he ran away from home. He went to a town in west end and met his new best friend,Amanda Beale, Maniac magee borrow books from her every day. One day he met Amanda's parents, she told her parent that he is homeless so Amanda’s parent led him stay with them. He could not understand why the people in the west end call themselves “black” and call him “white”. He can't find the difference between himself and the west enders. I enjoy reading this book because this book describes a lot about the character, it interests me when he kick a football across the football court with only his bare feet. If I had a chance to change the plot, I would write more about his adventure with his “black” friends at the west end.
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        March 31, 1990
        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.

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        June 1, 1990
        Gr 6-10- -Warning: this interesting book is a mythical story about racism. It should not be read as reality. Legend springs up about Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee, a white boy who runs faster and hits balls farther than anyone, who lives on his own with amazing grace, and is innocent as to racial affairs. After running away from a loveless home, he encounters several families, in and around Two Mills, a town sharply divided into the black East End and the white West End. Black, feisty Amanda Beale and her family lovingly open their home to Maniac, and tough, smart-talking "Mars Bar" Thompson and other characters are all, to varying degrees, full of prejudices and unaware of their own racism. Racial epithets are sprinkled throught the book; Mars Bar calls Maniac "fishbelly," and blacks are described by a white character as being "today's Indians." In the final, disjointed section of the book, Maniac confronts the hatred that perpetuates ignorance by bringing Mars Bar to meet the Pickwells-"the best the West End had to offer." In the feel-good ending, Mars and Maniac resolve their differences; Maniac gets a home and there is hope for at least improved racial relations. Unreal? Yes. It's a cop-out for Spinelli to have framed this story as a legend-it frees him from having to make it real, or even possible. Nevertheless, the book will stimulate thinking about racism, and it might help educate those readers who, like so many students, have no first-hand knowledge of people of other races. Pathos and compassion inform a short, relatively easy-to-read story with broad appeal, which suggests that to solve problems of racism, people must first know each other as individuals. -Joel Shoemaker, Tilford Middle School, Vinton, IA

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