I’ve never known any trouble
that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
--Charles De Secondat (1689 - 1755)

Elementary readersUpper elementary readersMiddle school readers
10 stars

Maniac Magee

AR: 4.7
Lexile: 820
RC: 5.4
by Jerry Spinelli
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Original post — Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Newberry Medal Award

Eleven-year old Jeffrey is an orphan but he is far from helpless! He lives on his own, can run faster than anyone, isn't afraid of anything (not even knocking on the door of the scariest old man in town), and he even kissed a bison on the nose! The stuff he does is makes him legendary and earns him the name "Maniac".

This is probably my favorite children's novel. It's funny and engaging, and reading about all the cool things Maniac does is entertaining. But what makes this book so special to me is what it has to say about racism, having a home, and relationships. Hey, I'm a grown-up! We get excited about stuff like that! Even if you ignore the "grown-up" stuff, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy reading this book! Give it a try.

(Last modified:08/29/2007)

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