Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee


Jerry Spinelli


Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year





192 pages





Item Type



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

Lexile Measure


Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Foster care; Family member death; Legal guardianship; Race discrimination; foster child; foster home; death of parents; aunt and uncle raising nephew; racism

Main Character

male child


African American / White

Family Formation

foster mother and father


Parents' Choice Award, 1990, Silver, Story Book
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001
ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1991, Winner, Middle Years Fiction
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 1990, Winner, Fiction
Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award, 1993, Winner, Grades 6-8
Carolyn W. Field Award, 1991, Winner
Charlotte Award, 1992, Winner, Grades 6-8
Delaware Diamonds, 1994, Winner
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 1992, Winner
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1992, Winner, Juvenile Book
Golden Archer Award, 1991, Winner, The Golden Archer Award
Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1992, Winner
John Newbery Medal, 1991, Winner
Land of Enchantment Book Award, 1993, Winner
Mark Twain Award, 1993, Winner
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1993, Winner
Nene Award, 1996, Winner
Nevada Young Readers' Award, 1993, Winner, Grades 6-8
Parents' Choice Award, 2003, Silver, Best 25 Books in 25 Years
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 1991-1992, Winner, Grades 6-8
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1993, Winner
Rhode Island Children's Book Award, 1992, Winner
Virginia Young Readers Program, 1993, Winner, Middle School
West Virginia Children's Book Award, 1993, Winner
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1993, Winner
Young Reader's Choice Award, 1993, Winner, Grades 4-8
Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1990 Middle Reader
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Stories: Nine to Twelve
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, 1994
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1998 Connections
Notable Children's Books, 1991 Older Reader
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1990 Grades K-8
Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss, 1992 Middle School
Suggested Books for RIF List, Age (12-14)
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1991


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

Diversity Impact


Maniac Magee