Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

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Maniac Magee comes home! Little, Brown and Company takes great pleasure and pride in announcing that, effective immediately, we will be the sole publisher of the paperback edition of Jerry Spinelli's classic Newbery Medal winner, Maniac Magee. It has been eight years since Maniac Magee won both the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Newbery Medal, and its popularity among young readers remains undiminished. The story of a boy who finds himself when he runs away from an intolerable situation continues to reverberate with humor and truth.

To celebrate the publication of the paperback edition of Maniac Magee, we have decided to repackage the other wildly popular Spinelli novels on our list. Look for new covers on Space Station Seventh Grade, Jason and Marceline, and Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? These new covers will attract a whole new generation to the novels of one of the most engaging talents writing for young people today.
 

About Jerry Spinelli

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Jerry Spinelli was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1941. He received a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an editor with Chilton from 1966 to 1989. He launched his career in children's literature with Space Station 7th Grade in 1982. His other works include Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (1984), Fourth Grade Rats (1991), Do the Funky Pickle (1992), Who Ran My Underwear up the Flagpole? (1992), and Picklemania (1993). In 1991, he won the Newbery Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Maniac Magee (1990). In 1998, his book Wringer was named a Newbery Honor book.
 
Published November 1, 1999 by Perfection Learning. 184 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Pub Date: April 2nd, 1990 ISBN: 0316807222 Page count: ...

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Winner of the Newbery Medal, this humorous yet poignant tall tale concerns a super-athletic teenager who bridges his town's racial gap. Ages 8-12. (May)

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Winner of the Newbery Medal, this humorous yet poignant tall tale concerns a super-athletic teenager who bridges his town's racial gap.

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Entertainment Weekly

But the main maniacal thing about Maniac is that he can't see the town's invisible but inviolable color barrier-he runs straight from the all — white west side of town to the all-black east side.

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Entertainment Weekly

But the main maniacal thing about Maniac is that he can't see the town's invisible but inviolable color barrier-he runs straight from the all — white west side of town to the all-black east side.

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Common Sense Media

He also loves and enjoys the book and that's the first book he ever read and that's also how he learned to read.

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Common Sense Media

This is one of the few times where this committee actually chose a book that is good for both kids and parents, not just a book that parents think kids should like.

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The ending shows the possibility of some personal happiness for Jeffrey, but offers no pat answers to the town's racial problems.

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