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Maniac Magee
Maniac Magee
Author: Jerry Spinelli
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 en...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316809061
ISBN-10: 0316809063
Publication Date: 11/1/1999
Pages: 184
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Paperback
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funny and a great read. love spinelli and it's the best book he wrote!
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MANIAC MAGEE is one of those unassuming, yet quietly powerful novels, despite its Newbery Award win and near canonization in modern children's literature. It's a seriously ageless novel, in that readers can always get something new out of it, no matter what age you are. When I read this book for the first time in elementary school, I enjoyed the realistic banter between the children, between the blacks and the whites. Now, as I reread it for my children's literature class, I am in awe of the way that Spinelli effortlessly weaves a moral tale into something entertaining and unique. His language is brilliance, stars and moon itself, and his characters are memorable and relatable. Even though I'm still not a fan of Maniac, with his improbable feats and passivity, this book is a must-read if you're looking for the best of the best in children's lit.
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A young orphan decides to start running: And there's no one who can stop him!
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Jerry Spinelli is a Newberry Award-Winning Author, and this is another of his books about fabulous teenagers!