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

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on March 1, 1993 by Collins Educational
ISBN-10: 0003303063
ISBN-13: 9780003303063
118 Book Reviews
  • rosemary_books
    rosemary_books22 days55 stars
    One of my favorite Jerry Spinelli books! Inspiring, sweet, and addressing worldwide issues. I highly recommend Maniac Magee!
    • mintlavender
      mintlavenderabout 1 month55 starsFeatured
      Jeffrey Lionel Magee. At least that was his name before he was known to be maniac. Jeffrey is a lonely, uncared for child whose parents died in the P&W trolley accident. After that, his auntie and uncle, Uncle Dan and Auntie Dot, took care of him. But unfortunately, they weren't talking to each other at the time when Maniac came into their lives. They were strict about catholicism and wouldn't get a divorce. Soon they started having two of everything, two TV's, two toasters, two bathtubs, two tables, Jeffrey ate with Uncle Dan on monday, Auntie dot ate with him on the tuesday, if they could they would even have two Jeffrey's. Then one night at the spring concert, after his class was finished singing, he was yelling at his aunt and uncle to talk, and that's what made him run away. Then he came into Two Mills, a few people say he saw him. People who actually saw him say they saw a kid with flapped sole sneakers running around. He then met a nice girl who's name was Amanda Beale. He begged and begged for her to give him a book but when she gave it to him, she was late to school. Now, he was doing a lot of stuff to get a lot of fame, he blocked a pass from Hand's down, he saved a kid from Finsterwalds backyard and sat on Finsterwalds front steps, he hit McNab's fastballs faster than he could pitch it, and also hit a frog ball, and lastly, he walked into the East End where he met Mars Bar. I highly recommend this book. It is very funny and entertaining.
      • paxthefox88
        paxthefox883 months55 stars
        Love It!
        • bookwormbestie1
          bookwormbestie19 months55 stars
          IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK. So suspenseful and intriguing. It really tugged at my heartstrings too.
          • hi_98about 2 years
            This book is a remarkable book and i would love to read it again
            • booksfor3ver
              booksfor3verover 2 years55 stars
              I highly recommend this book! It is funny, moving, and cool! This book is about Jeffery Magee, who's parents died on a trolley, so he was sent to his boring aunt and uncle. He ran away 8 years later, and did many incredible things that no one has ever did! Read this awesome book!
              • xxhoneyxx
                xxhoneyxxabout 3 years44 stars
                Parents need to know that Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee is an exciting, moving, and sometimes funny story, brilliantly told, about an orphan boy who runs away from his feuding aunt and uncle at age 8 and makes a name (and legend) for himself in a racially divided town. It won the 1991 Newbery Medal and remains a vital, relevant classic. Several racial standoffs are chilling. Some kids smoke and drink. One man dies. And there are references to Maniac's parents dying in an accident when he was an infant.
              • Tsunami over 3 years
                Absorbing novel so real and emotional
                • crazy girlover 3 years
                  This book was one of my faviorite books and i would surely recomend
                  • lmhewlett
                    lmhewlettalmost 4 years55 starsFeatured
                    This book is about a boy named Jeffrey Magee. He is very brave and fearless and has lots of energy, and loves to run. His parents died, so he’s an orphan. He then lives in many different places. One of those places is with the Beale family. He enjoys being with them, until he decides to leave. He meets a black boy named “Mars Bar,” and they are enemies at first, but things change that later. He also meets a man named Grayson, who became very important to Maniac. This book really deals with race, and how things were very divided. The town was split into two sides: East, where the white people lived, and the West side, where the black people lived. This book is sad in some parts, and very happy in others. The book is a good influence because Maniac didn’t look at other people’s skin color.