DIVerse Families
Maniac Magee


Maniac Magee


Jerry Spinelli


Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year





192 pages


juvenile fiction

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



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

Main Character



African American / White

Family Formation

foster families


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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
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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
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

Diversity Impact


Maniac Magee