Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

February 19th, 2015 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by Dan, Age 17 from Wisconsin

Rating: ★★★★½

This great book is about a kid that lost his parents, he is a runaway always trying to find better family. After what his aunt and uncle did to him there is no way he is going back there.
Most people have even cried after reading this great book.
Jerry Spinelli is such a great author. I recommend every single book he wrote to YOU!

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

March 14th, 2013 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.Submitted by amiah, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

The title of this book is Maniac Magee. It is by Jerry Spinelli .It is a sad but good book .

The main character Maniac Magee’s parents die in a car accident. Then he is a hobo who lives in a zoo.No one in his town accepts him because he is white living with a black family .

My favorite favorite part is at the end so I cant say what it is but it’s nice.

i think people who are interested in black and white segragetion would like this book. Also people who like adventure.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

January 15th, 2013 by

Submitted by collin, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

If you like any book funny yet sad then no dout you will like this book.

Kidsmomo Podcast #34: “Hard-Knock Life”

September 29th, 2010 by

A small town in need of inspiration. Secret rooms in a Paris train station. A hidden courtyard in a sprawling mansion. We visit them all in our latest podcast, all about books about orphans — these characters definitely struggle, but they also find adventure, and we’re along for the ride!

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  • Meet a Maniac and Mars Bars — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Orphan book picks (The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Secret Garden)
  • An Orphan book review from YOU (Dave at Night)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is fractured fairy tales! So send us a review of your favorite fractured fairy tale and check out our picks for fabulous fractured fairy tales.

— Karen and Nancy

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

September 22nd, 2010 by

maniac-magee-jerry-spinelli-book-reviewSubmitted by Audrey, Age 8 from California

Rating: ★★★★★

When he unties cobbles knot and gets a pizza certifacate things get a little better for Maniac Magee, You’ll love this book!

Book Trailer: Maniac Magee

September 21st, 2010 by

This book trailer for Maniac Magee was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Books About Orphans theme. For more on Maniac Magee, check out our “Hard-Knock Life” podcast.

Have you ever met someone who can run faster than everyone else, intercept a football pass when he’s not even playing, and untie any knot? Well, you’re about to! Just watch our video for Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli!

He’s a Maniac, Maniac on the Floor!

October 14th, 2009 by

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.

Wow, that's quite a subtitle.

As expressed so well by Jamie Kelly, nicknames can make or break your school years. Example: for reasons unknown to this day, my sisters gave me the nickname “Nut.” Why, sisters, why? But it also got me thinking about a great book chock full of interesting nicknames — Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

The residents of the fictional town of Two Mills, Pennsylvania, give Jeffrey Lionel Magee the nickname “Maniac” Magee — at first because he runs really, really fast. But then he also becomes the center of some pretty amazing changes in the divided town of Two Mills, so the nickname carries much more meaning than just a quick pair of feet.

As for other nicknames around town, Maniac gets to know local football star James “Hands” Down and bully “Mars Bar” Thompson. He also becomes friends with Amanda Beale, who carries a personal library of books in a suitcase at all times. (Amanda doesn’t have a nickname, but I always thought she should. How easy would it have been for Jerry Spinelli to just call her Amanda “Books” Beale? Oh, well.)

Pick up this book, and you’ll discover why Maniac runs everywhere, that he’s really good at untying knots, that he plays football as well as a high schooler, and lots more. He even somehow wins a lifetime supply of pizza (but he doesn’t like pizza. I know. Karen is shouting, “WHAT?!” right now).

Do you have a nickname, and do you love it or hate it? Can you think of other book characters with interesting nicknames?

— Nancy