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Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

Book Review of Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Reviewed by Ryan Traynor, age 11, Emerald Hills, CA

Recommended for ages 8-12

Maniac Magee Book Cover

Maniac Magee is about a boy named Jeffery Magee who is orphaned at age 3 when his parents die in a tragic trolley crash. Then he moves in with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan who loathe each other so much that he runs away. While running, he stumbles across a town segregated between east and west and black and white. During his journey, he fights racism and searches on both sides of the border for a place to belong and a real home.

I would recommend this book because it is both funny and sad, and I like the courageous characters. It taught me about fighting racism and developing friendships.

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