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Maniac Magee [PDF] ✑ Maniac Magee Author Jerry Spinelli – Jeffrey Magee detto Mitico Magee per la sua straordinaria abilità nella corse è un giovanissimo vagabondo che rimasto orfano ha deciso di andarsene per il mondo e di arrangiarsi come può Ma non è Jeffrey Magee detto Mitico Magee per la sua straordinaria abilità nella corse è un giovanissimo vagabondo che rimasto orfano ha deciso di andarsene per il mondo e di arrangiarsi come può Ma non è facile vivere senza una casa e senza nessuna protezione così Jeffrey finisce per legarsi ad Amanda Beale e ai suoi genitori che lo accolgono come un figlio Ma Jeffrey è bianco e i Beale sono meri perciò il sodalizio sembra impossibile in una società piena di pregiudizi razziali Sembrerebbe insomma che Mitico Magee sia condannato ad essere di nuovo solo.

About the Author: Jerry Spinelli

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer insteadHe grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than books and has six children and grandchildrenJerry Spinelli began writing when he was — not much older than the hero of his.

10 thoughts on “Maniac Magee

  1. David David says:

    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 Maniac Magee took to the streetsAnd Maniac Magee became a legendEven 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 Little girls jumping rope chant Ma niac Ma niac He's so cool Ma niac Ma niac Don't go to school Runs all night Runs all right Ma niac Ma niac Kissed a bull But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West SideHe 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 truthManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Scholastic Inc 2002

  2. Liz Liz says:

    I really didn't enjoy this book I feel like the story didn't really go anywhere Spinelli tried to touch on issues of racial prejudice and poverty and let the exsistance of those issues carry his story It didn't work However because there are touchy issues it becomes a story that isn't easy to complain about However I'll be brave enough to say I didn't like it As a personal note I do not find this novel appropriate for children still in gradeschool

  3. Dawn Dawn says:

    A really neat book Excellent Definitely deserving of its Newbery Award I think I have to give it a 5 I find myself asking Why didn't I ever read this before? I've certainly heard of it for years My fourth grade daughter just read it at school and loved it I really enjoyed the narrative voice and style It starts out almost like a tall tale but what Maniac really accomplished is better than a legend So it's a meaningful story that teaches an important lesson without being preachy The uick pace of the story matches the speedy main character He is very appealing I liked his courage kindness humility joy in life and desire to help others I was impressed that he was the way he was despite his history It was amazing how he turned enemies to friends and brought out the best in people just by being himself just by his example Some of my favorite parts were when he befriended the old maintenance man at the zoo I also appreciated the happy ending I've heard other Spinelli books recommended too I'll have to read

  4. Sasha Sasha says:

    I HATED ITPlot A little boy named Maniac's parents had a tragic death He lives with his stupid aunt and uncle who should get a divorce During a march of the animals or whatever school play he shouts like Harry in the fifth and runs into the onion smelling night He lives with animals and eats animal food He is not very happy o He meets an old guy who used to play baseball He dies Maniac lives with animals again etc DON'T READ IT

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    Re read in prep for teaching it to my younger group of kids this year The structure of the book lends itself very well to teaching it in chunks and to illustrate its points clearly which isn't why it's a classic of early middle school I assume Extra star for that looking forward to discussions that arise from it

  6. Jeffrey Mohr Jeffrey Mohr says:

    This book is one of my favorite books to use when I work with students It approaches the concept of “race” and “racism” through the eyes of someone that just wants to make friends and doesn't understand why people would treat others differently just because of their looks It also treats the main character as a whole person and shows the turmoil he goes through while dealing with the loss of loved ones and the sadness and depression that can result from that Students need to see books that don't gloss over the dark side of life but show how a character can go through the darkness and come out the other side by making friends and building relationships It also introduces the idea that a family doesn't just have to be those you are related to but can be those people who want you to come home and are genuinely interested and delighted in having you in their life In summary this book can be used to broach a lot of different subjects with students from racism to dealing with death I have personally recommended this book to help a boy I worked with deal with his dad's passing and it helped him a lot since he could see how someone went through the same emotions as him and how that character found the light again after This book is great for upper elementary school and even into middle school when used properly

  7. Colleen Venable Colleen Venable says:

    Last week I came across a pile of free books on the groundall copies of MANIAC MAGEE I took one knowing it was supposed to be good but knowing nothing of the plot It made me cry three times—twice because of the actual story of a homeless boy who brings together the white and black sides of a small town—but I cried the hardest because it felt so poignant given the sad craziness in the country right now I don't talk politics online mostly because my own personal believe system is simply don't be a jerk and if you are nice to people it'll spread but if you know a kid or really anyone who is sad and confused by what happened in FergusonStaten Island this book is a great place to start the conversation Thank you to whatever stranger left it out for me My copy will return to the streets just like Magee himself and hopefully find the hands of someone else in need of a little hope

  8. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    I loved this book when I was in junior high school You know that scene in Forrest Gump where Forrest decides to just run across the country repeatedly? This book is very similar but the extraordinary runner in this story is a boy who gets sick of his stuffy aunt and uncle

  9. Rodolfo A. Rodolfo A. says:

    I love this book because is telling me the time when black people and white people were sepertedThis book is realistic fiction because there andmade up characters butthis happend real that black peopleand white people were sepertedManiac parents died from a trolly crashManiac didn't have anywere to live sohe is an orphanHe met a girl name AmandaManiacwentto amanda's house and lived with herLater he met a boy namemar barsSome people from the west side and east side haet him sohe went to the middle of the lineA person name Grason he helpedmaniac and took him to his homeMy uestions areWhy Mar Bars was bad to maniac?Why Maniac went to amanda's house?I remember when Martin Later King was fighting the world to gange the lawI would recomember this book to my teacher becuase it tll us the time when black people and white people were seperted

  10. Shanu Shanu says:

    Maniac loved the colors of the East End the people colorsFor the life of him he couldn't figure why these East Enders called themselves black He kept looking and looking and the colors he found were gingersnap and light fudge and dark fudge and acorn and butter rum and cinnamon and burnt orange But never licorice which to him was real blackOh you precious little freakI don't really follow the thought that if people stopped talking about color of skin then racism would disappear and that' what Spinelli promotes through Maniac's sweet innocent voice Maniac kept trying but he still couldn't see it this color business He didn't figure he was white any than the East Enders were black 25 stars because you just gotta love jeffrey Good message poor execution short and easy to read funny and weird and sad

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