Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

A Novel

Book - 1990
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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.
From the Publisher: He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Company, ©1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316807227
Characteristics: 184 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Little, Brown and Company - Publisher


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DBRL_KrisA Jul 15, 2017

Nostalgia is an interesting thing. One looks back at one's childhood, and remembers everything (or at least most things) with fondness, and glosses over the not-so-pleasant things. And so it is with books that one read as a child. One remembers them as fun, and exciting, and funny, when in reality they may not have been that great. At least, that's the best reason I can think of for so many five-star reviews of this particular book.
Maniac Magee is a decent grade school-level book. It has some funny moments - but they're not *that* funny. It makes some statements about racial prejudice, and about poverty, but it doesn't make them very strongly. Maniac Magee himself is a decent kid, and he usually does the right thing, but as a protagonist in a work of fiction he's pretty weak - there's no strong moral code, no reason behind why he does what he does.
For the sake of full disclosure, this book came out well after I was in grade school. Would I have liked it as a child? Possibly. Would I be rating it higher than average if I had? Most likely. But as an adult reading it well past childhood, I'm not thrilled by it.

May 03, 2017

I read this book as a child and recently revisited it with my 4th grade students. It is an amazing book - it's engaging, entertaining, and thought provoking. It's on the top of my list for the students I have who struggle to stay engaged in novels long enough to finish them.

PimaLib_CarterG Mar 15, 2017

Maniac Magee differs from the famous Forest Gump in that his life, rather than being like a box of chocolates is like an egg. When you find yourself in hot water you become pretty tough, but underneath your shell you also become a very well developed person who doesn't crack as easily. Consider reading this one, I personally find it to be a great read that not many people are aware of.

Aug 15, 2016

This was a good book. Maniac was a great person who could do great things and be a nice person at the same time.

Jul 18, 2016

I loved this book. Everyone should read it.

Jun 23, 2016

The smile vanished "So. What are you doing with my little brothers?"

Mar 23, 2016

A good book! About a boy who doesn't care about colors. He is a friend to all...a kid that wants a good home. With his incredible running skills he can change towns! I really recommend this to all the boys in this crazy world. Enjoy! And don't be a Seahawks Hater...Spread the Seahawks colors and...VOTE FOR TRUMP! Make America Great Again!

Jul 02, 2015

I read this book in the 6th grade and I actually enjoyed it.

Dec 12, 2014

Another Excellent book by Author Jerry Spinelli ! Unique storyline , well developed characters and enjoyable . Really like this Author . One of those books you can't put down and also hate to see end.

Jul 11, 2014

It was the best book ever.

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Jul 02, 2015

Maniac Magee is about a boy who's lost his parent and all he does is run even from his problems that he's facing.


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Jun 23, 2016

The smile vanished. "So. What are you doing with my little brothers?"


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