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Maniac Magee | [Jerry Spinelli]

Maniac Magee

He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; about how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.
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Publisher's Summary

He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; about how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.

©1960,1961 Sheila Burnford; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Pulbishing Group, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1991

"Half tall tale, half novel, Jerry Spinelli's Newbery Award winner is beautifully narrated by film and television actress S. Epatha Merkerson." (School Library Journal)
"A humorous yet poignant tall tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Craig Denmark, WI, United States 03-05-12
    Craig Denmark, WI, United States 03-05-12
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    "Excellent Middle School Story"
    If you could sum up Maniac Magee in three words, what would they be?

    Life lessons abound


    What other book might you compare Maniac Magee to and why?

    none


    Have you listened to any of S. Epatha Merkerson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It would make me cry because all Jeffery wants is a home and he is so close so many times only to lose it again and again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-15-11 Member Since 2011

    Protect the innocent and helpless. Stand for truth and goodness and your soul will be happy and blessed.

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    "Maniac Magee is a great book"

    My child had to read this for school. We as a family thought it would be good to listen to it together as he read along with the book. I am so glad we did. The story is about compassion for people no matter the
    color or station in life. It is about love. One of the best books I have read.
    Even my husband loved it. We were all in tears at the end of the book.
    The narrator is the best. She did each voice perfectly. She was especially good with the children's voices.
    I hope audible will ask Merkerson to read more children's books and I do believe she is gifted reader.
    Even my son was taken aback by how well she read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William C. Davis Spanish Fork, Utah USA 11-04-08
    William C. Davis Spanish Fork, Utah USA 11-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderfully narrated"

    This is my first audible.com book and I thoroughly enjoyed the narration! The story is well written and teaches a lesson without being "preachy". I will definitely listen to this again and with my children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Yuma, AZ, United States 02-09-09
    Shawn Yuma, AZ, United States 02-09-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun story, dragged down by too much agenda..."

    The story line is good, but the author has such an obvious agenda to preach that the story gets lost in the background noise at times.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jglglkjglkuglkjg 12-01-13
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    "Perfect voice for a great story."
    What did you love best about Maniac Magee?

    My students loved this story and really enjoyed the narration. The narrator does a wonderful job of inflecting accent, feeling, dialect, etc.

    This is a good story that has been improved with the wonderful narration by Merkerson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maniac Magee, because he was cool, strong, independent and super smart.


    What about S. Epatha Merkerson’s performance did you like?

    Her different voices were fabulous and easy to follow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! The story is humorous and yet touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this story and especially this audio verison to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 03-26-13
    Anna 03-26-13
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    "Great story, warm and wonderful reading"

    We loved the story and the reading given to it here is a pleasure to listen to, bringing a whole new life to the tale. Cheers!

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    L. Crossland Dallas, TX 03-06-13
    L. Crossland Dallas, TX 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Separated mom of 3 (14,12,10); nursing student who has NO time to sit and read so I get my book "fix" in the car and during workouts!!

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    "Terrific for FAMILY road trips!!!"
    If you could sum up Maniac Magee in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, moving, classic tale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of Maniac's interactions with the old man.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully performed by Ms. Merkerson! My kids ask for it when we take a trip and they're entering their teens! Better than a DVD any day!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal United States 11-19-12
    Crystal United States 11-19-12
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    "You will laugh and cry!!"
    Would you listen to Maniac Magee again? Why?

    I would definately listen to Maniac Magee again!! This story has many lessons to teach. All ages will fall in love with Maniac and Amanda Beal. I will listen to this story again and again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I enjoyed best about the story is how the author uses the characters to bring love and compassion to life.


    Which character – as performed by S. Epatha Merkerson – was your favorite?

    Amanda Beal


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How one little boy changed his neighborhood for the better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Broomfield, CO, United States 03-12-12
    Lisa Broomfield, CO, United States 03-12-12
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    "S. Epatha Merkerson - Awsome!!"
    What did you love best about Maniac Magee?

    Great classic story for readers of all ages. S. Epatha Merkerson is a very talented voice, and perfect for this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elsie Wexford, PA, United States 02-13-12
    Elsie Wexford, PA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boy Book"
    Would you listen to Maniac Magee again? Why?

    Yes. With my sons or husband.

    Yes, I am a girl (grownup), but to watch the


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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