Maniac Magee By: Jerry Spinelli By: Samantha Lee
About the Author: Jerry Spinelli• From Norristown, PA• First Publication was in 1982, Space Station Seventh Grade• Best known for Maniac Magee and Wringer
A little info about the book• Gold Newberry Award Winner• Realistic fiction
Summary• Jeffery Magee loses his parents in a trolley accident when he is 3 years old. Jeffery goes to live with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan. In the middle of a musical program he runs away. Jeffrey ran over 200 miles and a year later ended up in a town called Two Mills. In this town it is divided into the West and East side; or the white and black part of town.
• His first day in Two Mills he makes four appearances which get him his nickname Maniac. A black family takes Jeffery in, and all is good until racist remarks come about. Maniac decides to leave, and goes and stays at the zoo. An old man finds him and takes him, when the old man dies Maniac runs away again.
• Maniac is taken in by another family but they don’t like blacks so he decides the park is better. Through some other struggles he finds himself living with a good family at the end.
Highlight of the book• My favorite part was that a kid not from this separated town can come in and go through so much hard troubles, but still in the end bring the town together. He is an orphan and just keeps going the whole time, while the rest of the town has it good but fusses about everything.