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Maniac Magee Themes & Characters

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Themes and Characters

As the title implies, Maniac, whose real name is Jeffrey Lionel, is the most important character in the novel. All others revolve around him. Maniac is almost a modern version of Huck Finn.

His parents died in a trolley accident when he was three years old, and he lives for several years with an eccentric Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan who are married only in a legal sense and really hate each other. When Maniac shouts out to them, above the voices of his classmates as they perform a school play, "Talk! Talk, will ya!" he is so upset that he begins to run, and Spinelli says, a legend is born. Readers hear no more until this strange boy shows up a year later in Two Mills, two hundred miles from Hollidaysbury.

The characters who influence Maniac are mostly from this new hometown.

First, he meets Amanda...

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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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