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Book cover Maniac Magee
Jerry Spinelli (1990) , 160-200 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Award Books, Realistic Fiction

Some kids say they saw Maniac catch a football with only one hand because he had a book in the other hand. Some kids say he is known for untying the biggest knot ever and some kids say he was not even afraid to go into the most feared place in the neighborhood. But few kids or adults know that before he was Maniac Magee he was Jeffrey Lionel Magee. Read to find out if one kid can make a difference in a town divided, thus resulting in a better world. Spinelli does a fantastic job of depicting how a young boy becomes a legend in this 1991 Newbery Award Winner.

Reviewed by: Emily / Steele Creek Library

Comments from Readers

Briana, age 11 from NC
Maniac Magee is probably the best book I have ever read.

Ra'Neesha, age 10 from North Carolina
Maniac Magee is a good book and I love this book so much. This is one of the best books i have ever read so far.

Kayla, age 12 from Bridgeport, Connecticut
Maniac Magee is Awesome! I really had a great time reading this book.I read this book to my cousin and she thought it was scary.

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