Book Reviews of Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee
Maniac Magee
Author: Jerry Spinelli
ISBN-13: 9780064404242
ISBN-10: 0064404242
Publication Date: 5/1992
Pages: 184
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
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the kids say Maniac got his name cause he did absolutely incredible geats in sports-brave and crazy things!
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Great book for middle schoolers or pre-teens!
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My son enjoyed this book alot.
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Awesome- A Newberry Book Medal Award
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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.