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Maniac Magee Summary
Jerry Spinelli

Everything you need to understand or teach Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

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Maniac Magee Summary


Maniac Magee is a very funny, sometimes touching, story of Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, a young man who is a legend in his youth. He performs phenomenal athletic feats, yet he shows wisdom and insight far greater than are normal for his age. The book is a combination of realistic fiction, humor, folklore, and even a little legend.

While the story is very entertaining, Spinelli intertwines several important issues within the plot. Maniac's parents have died, and he is homeless. He does not attend school, but he is a voracious reader. He is white, but he finds a home and love with a black family until racial attacks force him to move. A starving Maniac is then taken in by Grayson, a former minor league baseball player who is now a caretaker at the zoo. Grayson is illiterate, but Maniac teaches him to read. They buy a small chalkboard...

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