Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

1991 Newbery Medal Winner

Maniac Magee lost his parents early in life and was sent to live with his aunt and uncle who quietly hated each other. One day Maniac couldn't take it any longer and in the middle of the school concert, he began screaming and then he began running and he didn't stop until he found himself in a part of town where he'd never been before. As a runaway Maniac McGee is going to meet people who accept him on the black side of town and people who don't want him there. He'll find the same kinds of people on the white side of town. Through it all he is true to himself and that self is a natural born athlete. He gains a reputation for his athleticism. But what matters to Maniac Magee is larger than sports and he uses his talents to bring people together. The winner of the Newbery Medal in 1991. An amazing of my top ten books for kids.

175 pages 978-0316809061 Ages 9-13

Keywords: prejudice, family, power of the individual, running away, diversity, diverse books, acceptance, Newbery Medal, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old


A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.

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.---from the publisher

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I rate this book three stars because it teaches you a lesson not to be a racist jerk and be kind, not nice, to other people of their religion, tradition, language, gender, or race. None of that matters. Maniac lives through a good/bad life of getting kicked out of the Beal's household
to meeting Grayson and having a great time. Grayson doesn't know a lot about the "Other side". They are just the same as Grayson. They us toothbrushes, toilet paper, have rugs, swimming pools, TVs, popcorn, everything you ever want and need. This isn't what Martin Luther King Jr. live up for. There are some parts of the world that still has these problems. I hope they read Maniac Magee and be one of him, no matter of their characteristics even is we have trouble.
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