Maniac Magee

When Jeffrey Lionel Magee, a scruffy 12 year old kid, wanders into Two Mills, Pennsylvania, a legend is in the making.
Maniac Magee When Jeffrey Lionel Magee a scruffy year old kid wanders into Two Mills Pennsylvania a legend is in the making

  • Title: Maniac Magee
  • Author: Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN: 9780003303063
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 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. Maniac Magee took to the streets.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. Little girls jumping rope chant: "Ma-niac, Ma-niac He's so cool Ma-niac, Ma-niac Don't go t [...]

    2. I really didn't enjoy this book. I feel like the story didn't really go anywhere. Spinelli tried to touch on issues of racial prejudice and poverty, and let the exsistance of those issues carry his story. It didn't work. However because there are touchy issues, it becomes a story that isn't easy to complain about. However I'll be brave enough to say, "I didn't like it!". As a personal note, I do not find this novel appropriate for children still in gradeschool.

    3. A really neat book. Excellent! Definitely deserving of its Newbery Award. I think I have to give it a 5! I find myself asking, "Why didn't I ever read this before?" I've certainly heard of it for years. My fourth grade daughter just read it at school and loved it. I really enjoyed the narrative voice and style. It starts out almost like a tall tale, but what Maniac really accomplished is better than a legend. So it's a meaningful story that teaches an important lesson without being preachy. The [...]

    4. I HATED IT.Plot: A little boy named Maniac's parents had a tragic death. He lives with his stupid aunt and uncle who should get a divorce. During a march of the animals or whatever school play, he shouts like Harry in the fifth and runs into the onion smelling night. He lives with animals and eats animal food. He is not very happy. :o He meets an old guy who used to play baseball. He dies. Maniac lives with animals again! etc DON'T READ IT.

    5. I love this book because is telling me the time when black people and white people were seperted.This book is realistic fiction because there andmade up characters but,this happend real that black peopleand white people were seperted.Maniac parents died from a trolly crash.Maniac didn't have anywere to live so,he is an orphan.He met a girl name Amanda.Maniacwentto amanda's house and lived with her.Later he met a boy namemar bars.Some people from the west side and east side haet him so,he went to [...]

    6. I loved this book when I was in junior high school. You know that scene in Forrest Gump where Forrest decides to just run across the country repeatedly? This book is very similar, but the extraordinary runner in this story is a boy who gets sick of his stuffy aunt and uncle.

    7. Jerry spinelli is one of the best witers ever. Maniac Magee is a realistic fictionbook because maniac is invented but it could happen in real life.The perents of Maniac Magee died in a trolley crash.Maniac Magee was an orphan so his aunt and uncle adoped him.Maniac did"t like their house because they cant share.One day Maniac ran away because the hated in his aunt and uncle house.When he left he went to Two mills.In TWO MILLS it is white V.S black.I have schema with this book because maniac put [...]

    8. Last week I came across a pile of free books on the groundl copies of MANIAC MAGEE. I took one, knowing it was supposed to be good, but knowing nothing of the plot. It made me cry three times—twice because of the actual story of a homeless boy who brings together the white and black sides of a small town—but I cried the hardest because it felt so poignant given the sad craziness in the country right now. I don't talk politics online, mostly because my own personal believe system is simply "d [...]

    9. This book is one of my favorite books to use when I work with students. It approaches the concept of “race” and “racism” through the eyes of someone that just wants to make friends and doesn't understand why people would treat others differently just because of their looks. It also treats the main character as a whole person and shows the turmoil he goes through while dealing with the loss of loved ones and the sadness and depression that can result from that. Students need to see books [...]

    10. Re-read in prep for teaching it to my younger group of kids this year. The structure of the book lends itself very well to teaching it in chunks and to illustrate its points clearly, which isn't why it's a classic of early middle school, I assume. Extra star for that- looking forward to discussions that arise from it.

    11. Maniac Magee is a book that stuck with me long after I read it in fifth grade for the first time. It stuck with me more than in just a life-long love of Butterscotch Krumpets, but also in the sweetness of the main character and the good that he finds in - well, everyone. Everyone wants to belong in some way, and often all it takes is a listening ear and sincerity to find the way to that person's heart. This book shows that in a way that is accessible to a kid, touching to an adult, and just soul [...]

    12. "Maniac loved the colors of the East End, the people colors.For the life of him, he couldn't figure why these East Enders called themselves black. He kept looking and looking, and the colors he found were gingersnap and light fudge and dark fudge and acorn and butter rum and cinnamon and burnt orange. But never licorice, which, to him, was real black."Oh, you precious little freak.I don't really follow the thought that if people stopped talking about color of skin, then racism would disappear- a [...]

    13. Wow! Maniac Magee has to be one of the best middle grade novels I have ever read. The storyline is fascinating, but the mixture of reality, conjecture and legend is what kept me turning pages. I loved the hero, and I especially love the family from the “other side of town” that takes him in. They way they pour love into his lost little soul is amazing and very believable. I also really liked the way the author removed him from that home and gave him the ability to love the old man. Had he go [...]

    14. This book is quite possibly one of the most poorly written works of fiction I have ever had the misfortune to stumble upon. I personally am not a fan of Jerry Spinelli (with the exception of Stargirl), and thought I would give him one last shot. Not only was the writing itself unbearable and slow, the topic is overused and cliché. The emotions are few and far between. Throw in there a sad, pathetic kid whose life does not improve whatsoever and some other worthless surface characters and you ha [...]

    15. The ending of the book wasn't as I would think the writer would've ended it. Some parts of the book were confusing and hard to understand.

    16. Spinelli, J. (1990). Maniac Magee. New York: Little, Brown and Company. 0316809063 As an orphan, Jeffrey Magee is sent to live with his aunt and uncle who live separately within their house and refuse to share anything. At the age of eleven, Jeffrey, unable to deal with his aunt and uncle’s refusal to interact or communicate, runs away. A year later, he appears in a strictly racially segregated town, doing amazing feats and running like a mad man, earning him the nickname, Maniac. Quick to mak [...]

    17. I loved the book. It is about an orphan named Jeffery Lionel Magee who's parents died in a tragic wreck. He went to live with his uncle and aunt who hated each other, but they were strict Catholics so they refused to divorce. So when he couldn't take it anymore, he ran away. He ran all the way to a town called Two Mills. The town is divided by two sides, the East and the West. The West side is populated by Caucasian people, and the East is populated by African Americans. He wanders into the East [...]

    18. I stayed up all night reading this one. Finished it the next day, as it was a Friday PD day. 6th grade. Teacher came up with a set of topics & each student was assigned a topic. I was given the topic of the knot, some little plot device in the middle of the book. I was pretty annoyed that a girl in the class was assigned the widescale topic of the character, & demonstrated that she didn't get past the first chapter when she stated that they called him maniac magee because he was yelling [...]

    19. This cute but disjointed story chronicles the early life of an outcast, Maniac Magee, and his journey to find a home. It is laugh out loud funny at times, touching during others, but it lacks coherence. It reads more like a collection of anecdotes than a story or even a memoir. Magee is clearly endearing, and his nobility in the face of hardship makes him a hero of sorts. (Having near super-human powers doesn't hurt, either.) Middle schoolers will take a shine to this character for sure.

    20. The opening pages of this book are good. The writing is alive, and, well, "maniacal," and then it sort of melts into a gooey pile of pabulum. Lots of weird racial stuff takes place. I mean, if you wanted to use the book as case evidence of white guilt, it would work, 'cuz there's something fishy about this super-fast, orphaned white-kid who ends up living with a black family. Wishful thinking, Spinelli. It's too late. You're a honky.

    21. Probably the best book club book I've read in a while! This book takes place in a very interesting town named, Bridgeport. This town is separated by race. This book got me surprised that the town is separated by race and it takes place in the 2000s. I recommend this book to anyone who likes different types of stories.

    22. I still can't find the words to express what this book means to me. When I was in fifth grade reading this book, I felt like Magee. This book is as deep and soulful as any book that has ever been written for adults. I hope it remains on elementary school reading lists for years to come.

    23. “Vowels were something else. He didn't like them and they didn't like him. There were only five of them, but they seemed to be everywhere. Why, you could go through twenty words without bumping into some of the shyer consonants, but it seemed as if you couldn't tiptoe past a syllable without waking up a vowel. Consonants, you know pretty much where you stood, but you could never trust a vowel.”Maniac Magee, an orphan kid who's lived on the street and various homes, is nothing short of a lege [...]

    24. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuDupă o experiență nu prea plăcută cu o altă carte de-a lui Spinelli, din fericire Magee, zis Maniacul mi-a mers direct la inimă. M-a impresionat personajul și aventurile lui dar, mai ales, mi-a plăcut scriitura lui Spinelli. De data asta a ales să fie cât mai jucăuș, comparațiile și descrierile salete fac să râzi cu gura până la urechi. Un roman bine conceput, cu un personaj ușor de iubit, totul bine prins într-un tex [...]

    25. In my continuing quest to read all of the books Roosevelt students read in their language arts classes, I picked up Maniac Magee to read over winter break. I’m glad I did. Jerry Spinelli tells the story of Maniac Magee, an orphan who escapes an aunt and uncle who don’t communicate and becomes famous around town for his skills in sports, untying knots, and running. I liked Maniac’s observations on the ridiculousness of a town split by race and his efforts to improve race relations in his ow [...]

    26. Maniac Magee is a beautiful book. I read it via audiobook. There aren't too many flawless audiobooks, but this is one of them. The narrator is perfect and the writing was good: a golden combination. I felt like the story was being told straight to me, so relaxed, so familiar, with rich voices and emotions. It was excellent.As a kid, I wouldn't have cared for this book (it has too much baseball and too few animals), but as a young adult I loved it. Maniac is entirely endearing, and I loved to hea [...]

    27. This WOULD have been a childhood favorite. If it had been written 30 years earlier. As it is, it's a wonderful, light-hearted, good spirited book that deserves to be read by children of all ages (including those in their 50's) Yes, it's a kid's book, but it's a fast fun read and adults would be well advised to give it a read as well. While it has much the same allegorical feel as Holes, in some ways it avoids a few of the pitfalls of that book. As with any good fiction, there's some truth hidden [...]

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