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Maniac Magee


Maniac Magee


Jerry Spinelli


Little, Brown and Company


192 pages

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juvenile fiction


Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Racism; Legal guardianship; race discrimination; raising nephew


After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Family Formation

foster families

Main Character


Diversity Impact



African American / White


Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition,1993 National Council of Teachers of English; Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition,1995 National Council of Teachers of English; Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition,2001 H.W. Wilson; Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss,1992 Indiana Library Federation; Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition,1999 National Council of Teachers of English; Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth,1990 American Library Association; Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages,2003 Bank Street College of Education; Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition,2006 H.W. Wilson; Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8,1994 National Council of Teachers of English; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition,2000 H.W. Wilson; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition,2005 H.W. Wilson; Not Just for Children Anymore,1998 Children's Book Council; Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts,1990 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly; Notable Children's Books,1991 Association for Library Service to Children; YALSA Best Books for Young Adults,1991 American Library Association; Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1995; Nominee Colorado; Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1992; Nominee North Dakota; Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1992; Nominee Wyoming; Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1992; Nominee Kentucky; Mark Twain Award, 1992-1993; Nominee Missouri; MRA Readers' Choice Award, 1993; Nominee Michigan; MRA Readers' Choice Award, 1996; Nominee Michigan; Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 1994; Nominee Connecticut; Prairie Pasque Award, 1993; Nominee South Dakota; Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1993; Nominee Illinois; Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Virginia; William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1992-1993; Master List Kansas; Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2007-2008; Wisconsin; Delaware Diamonds, 1994 Winner Delaware; John Newbery Medal, 1991 Winner United States; ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1991 Winner United States; Charlotte Award, 1992 Winner United States; Parents' Choice Award, 1990 Silver United States; Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Silver United States


wit and humor; athletes; orphans; heroes; race relations; runaway children; friendship; parents; legends; running

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Maniac Magee