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    This humorous yet poignant story tells of a super-athletic teenager who bridges his small town's racial gap. After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee's life becomes legendary -- he can outrun dogs, hit a home run easily, and tie a knot no one can undo. Maniac tries to find a home, soothes tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town, and becomes a true hero. Winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal.

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    Maniac Magee

    Maniac Magee

    by Jerry Spinelli

    The humorous yet poignant story of a super-athletic teenager who, in overcoming his own tragedies, unites his small town and bridges its racial divide. Mature Content

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Maniac Magee

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Interest Level:
4-8

Lexile Framework:
820L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.4

Guided Reading Level:
W

Age:
9-13

Genre:
Classics, Realistic Fiction

Subject:
Family Life, Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences, Individuality

About This Book

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. 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. But the thing Mania Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.

He was special all right, and this is his story, and it's a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth.

About the Author

Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee, the sixth of his more than fifteen acclaimed books for young readers. Growing up, he played no fewer than five different sports, including football, track, and basketball. He wanted to be a shortstop in the majors long before it occurred to him to be a writer. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book. And, of course, to show the world a little bit about athletes and what makes some of them tick. Jerry Spinelli lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.




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