Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee 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

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.

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  1. When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer instead.He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major league shortstop.In most of his books, Spinelli writes about events and feelings from his own childhood He also gets a lot of material from his seven adventurous kids Spinelli and his wife, Eileen, also a children s book author, live in Pennsylvania.

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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 to school [...]

  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 quick pace o [...]

  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 a [...]

  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 don t be [...]

  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 that don t glos [...]

  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 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 soulful Littl [...]

  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 and th [...]

  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 gone there fir [...]

  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 clich 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 have the [...]

  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 make both frien [...]

  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 any, 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 side and m [...]

  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 like a maniac whe [...]

  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 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 legend And his [...]

  24. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuDup o experien nu prea pl cut cu o alt carte de a lui Spinelli, din fericire Magee, zis Maniacul mi a mers direct la inim M a impresionat personajul i aventurile lui dar, mai ales, mi a pl cut scriitura lui Spinelli De data asta a ales s fie c t mai juc u , compara iile i descrierile salete fac s r zi cu gura p n la urechi Un roman bine conceput, cu un personaj u or de iubit, totul bine prins ntr un text cursiv i foarte pl cut de lecturat [...]

  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 own small w [...]

  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 hear about [...]

  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 here [...]

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