Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

Book - 1991
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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.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Little, Brown, 1991
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316807227
Characteristics: 184 pages

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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.

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asdkalinowski
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.

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heidielise
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.

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MelissaA_0
Jul 18, 2016

I loved this book. Everyone should read it.

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subinahn
Jun 23, 2016

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

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blue_dog_29113
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!

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genesisobila
Jul 02, 2015

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

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muffinpopcorn
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.

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XavierEspino
Jul 11, 2014

It was the best book ever.

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genesisobila
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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subinahn
Jun 23, 2016

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

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