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Maniac Magee Literary Qualities

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Literary Qualities

Maniac Magee is a fast-paced, often humorous, almost tall tale with serious, up-to-date themes woven into the plot.

Spinelli's story is strong in plot, characterization, and theme.

The story recounts the exploits of a legendary folk hero. He can entertain little children, charm adults, amaze people with his knowledge, read everything that he can find, untie impossible knots, run faster and farther than anyone else, teach old men to read, hit long balls, and get along with almost anyone. All these exploits are entrancing.

The characters in the book are mostly positive figures who like Maniac and make the readers like them. The Beales take in this strange white boy and treat him with love, respect, and concern.

Grayson is a zoo caretaker who also cares for Maniac with food, clothing, shelter, funny stories, and an opportunity to belong. He teaches his young friend to hit a stopball...

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Maniac Magee from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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