Jerry Spinelli Writing Styles in Maniac Magee

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The book is written in the third person. The narrator tends to be limited in knowledge, especially when in comes to the inner thoughts of Magee. While at times the narrator can inform the reader on what Magee is thinking, such as when Magee wonders to himself why he chose to win the race with Mars Bar by running backwards, there are many other times where the reader is not told what Magee is thinking. One example of this is when Magee goes to talk to Finsterwald, the reader is left in the dark as to what they talked about. By limiting the insight the reader has into the main characters thoughts and feelings the more complex and mysterious the character becomes. The narrator claims that Magee is a legend in the town of Two Mills and by telling his story with this limited view, it...

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