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Grades 3 - 7Grades 3 - 8W4.735427

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

Hardcover, 184 pages
Published on April 2, 1990 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316807222
ISBN-13: 9780316807227
114 Book Reviews
  • hi_98Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:55 am
    This book is a remarkable book and i would love to read it again
    • booksfor3ver
      booksfor3verWednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:28 am55 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
        xxhoneyxxWednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:49 am44 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.
        • little_angel727
          little_angel727Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5:37 pm
          This review deserve an editor's pick!
        • Tsunami Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
          Absorbing novel so real and emotional
          • crazy girlMonday, May 20, 2019 at 10:21 am
            This book was one of my faviorite books and i would surely recomend
            • lmhewlett
              lmhewlettThursday, February 21, 2019 at 10:50 am55 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.
              • sweetooth
                sweetoothSaturday, October 27, 2018 at 5:51 pm
                Really excited to read this book😃
                • meFriday, June 8, 2018 at 7:51 am
                  Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli was great book. I liked this book because the A book was ripped into pieces and use as confetti. I like Amanda.
                  • jellyFriday, June 8, 2018 at 7:47 am
                    Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli was awesome. Jeffrey Lionel Magee's. parents die in a trolley accident. Maniac likes to run in the morning. Also he makes friends along the way so you should read this book.
                    • Maniac boy 105Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:46 am
                      Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli was good. I did not like that Maniacs parents died in a high speed trolley accident. But I did like that he had a good life until Grayson dies.I did not like it when Mars Bar was mean to Maniac. I also did not like the fact that they were being horrible to each other because of black and white.