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I wish that I could give you a definitive, specific date to answer this question; however, that is not possible. Some sources state that the events within the story are taking place in the early...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Two Mills is a town that is divided into East End and West End. The dividing line is Hector street, and Hector street has an east side and a west side. It's as if there is an "invisible chalk line"...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019, 2:23 am (UTC)

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The whole novel has a legendary, mythical tone to it: the narrator describes Maniac's actions as though the boy were a figure from tall tales, like Paul Bunyan. So, we can find hyperbole featuring...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 11:34 pm (UTC)

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Two major events are the race with Mars Bar and Amanda’s book being destroyed. Maniac Magee is very episodic, meaning that the book is really a series of loosely connected events. Two that can be...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Because he is essentially homeless, Maniac Magee pretty much eats whatever he can get his hands on. His most favorite food is Tastykake butterscotch Krimpets, and, oddly, he is allergic to pizza....

Latest answer posted April 4, 2010, 6:34 am (UTC)

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Maniac has decided that he's causing the Beale family too much hassle. He hasn't done anything to them, of course, but a white kid in a black family raises the hackles of many people in the...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2021, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the book, Maniac is invited to stay with the Beales, and the reader gets the sense that he will accept the invitation and find some stability there, at least for awhile. Indeed,...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2008, 11:19 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 5. This is early in the book, and the purpose of this chapter and sequence is to continue building the legend that is Maniac Magee when he first...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Hyperbole is a literary tool that uses an exaggeration of an idea in order to create a larger emphasis on it for the reader. In pages 27–29 of my edition, readers see hyperbole being used when the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey Lionel Magee, who is affectionately referred to as Maniac Magee, is a legend throughout the racially divided town of Two Mills, Pennsylvania. Maniac Magee is a wandering orphan who is...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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There is not a lot of text devoted to the specifics about Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee's physical appearance. Here are about the only two descriptions of Maniac Magee. The first one is when he arrives...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2015, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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Jeffery Lionel Magee earns the nickname Maniac Magee because of his unconventional, reckless lifestyle and memorable accomplishments, which have become legendary in the racially divided town of Two...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020, 11:40 am (UTC)

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There are ten Pickwell children, and at dinnertime each day, Mrs. Pickwell opens her back screen door and lets out a distinctive whistle which all the children recognize. They come running in to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009, 6:54 am (UTC)

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As the other educator points out, Maniac and Grayson share a father-son relationship. Grayson is also a mentor and a male role model to Maniac. When Maniac discovers that Grayson played in the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019, 3:46 pm (UTC)

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One could say that Maniac Magee, in the novel Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, was a runner in two different understandings of the word—though both are relevant to Maniac and his story. Early in the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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The first unusual thing about the baseball game in chapter 7 is the pitcher, John McNab. McNab, a twelve-year-old "giant," strikes out sixteen batters in a row "to set a new Two Mills L. L....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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We already know that Maniac has a good background in baseball and the skill to stun both teammates and observers (See Chapter 7 and his bout with McNab). When Maniac meets Grayson, the retired...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2008, 2:31 am (UTC)

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Maniac pretends that Giant John McNab once pitched him the "stopball" because he doesn't want John to be disgraced in front of his little brothers. Giant John had been known as "the fearsome...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2009, 9:23 am (UTC)

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What this rather icky episode demonstrates is the sheer folly of the idea of racial supremacy. The McNabs live in a state of conquerable squalor, in a ramshackle house infested with roaches that...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019, 5:22 am (UTC)

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The biggest difference between Maniac and Grayson is that Manic is a kid and Grayson is an old man. Despite this, the two become good friends. Grayson also does not know how to read, something...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1 of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. The opening chapter explains to readers that Jeffrey first lived in a wonderfully loving household with his...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 5 of Maniac Magee. This is another chapter that is dedicated to establishing the mythical figure that is Maniac. One of the neighborhood boys,...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey Magee appeared one day at the Little League field, just as John McNab, a giant of a pitcher, was showing off his stuff. He had made the players standing around after the game take turns...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2008, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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Readers should look to chapters 1, 44, and 45 for this answer. Maniac is called in to help save Russell in chapter 44, and the chapter ends with Maniac seeing the bridge and walking away. He...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Mars Bar is tough, used to getting his own way, and easily offended. He likes to be feared. Mars Bar is one of the kids that Maniac meets in Two Mills. He is a tough guy, and also happens to be...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2016, 11:03 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 25 is not exactly a happy chapter in this book. Most of the chapter is taken up with Grayson telling Maniac Magee stories from his earlier days as a minor league pitcher. Some of the...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2017, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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Lionel Magee (aka Maniac) lost his parents when they died in a traffic accident in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania. The trolley they were on ran into the Schulkill River. Everyone on board drowned. He...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2009, 4:38 am (UTC)

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Maniac is fascinated with Amanda’s book and keeps it to reread. Amanda keeps her whole library in a suitcase. Maniac is very impressed when he sees all of the books. He asks Amanda to borrow a...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 10:44 pm (UTC)

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When Piper invited Maniac to his birthday party, he agrees on one condition. He has a “zany” idea. He tells them he will come if he can bring someone. The someone he has in mind is Mars Bar....

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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Technically, Grayson lives in a dormitory-style room at the YMCA, but the important place associated with him and Maniac in the story is a baseball equipment room. At first, Maniac does what...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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No, the narrator does not mean that Maniac is literally blind in the sense that something prevents light waves entering his eye properly and sending a signal to his brain. Maniac sees form, depth,...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 2:54 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question is found in Chapters 1 and 2 of Maniac Magee. In Chapter 2, we are told what the “Lost Year” is and in Chapter 1 we are told the basics of why it happens. In Chapter 1,...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2013, 3:13 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee loves many things about his new life with the Beale family in the East End. 1. He loves that Mrs. Beale gets him a new pair of sneakers. Maniac loves to run, and his old...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 7:06 am (UTC)

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Chapter five begins with a commotion in the backyard of Finsterwald's house, "a graveyard of tennis balls and baseballs and footballs and Frisbees" that no kid dares approach. The notorious...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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Both the Pickwells and the Beales are large, intact family units. The Pickwells include the parents, ten children, a baby, paternal grandparents and one great-grandparent, while the Beale...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2008, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Maniac slept in the deer pen at the Elmwood Park Zoo for the first few nights he was in Two Mills. Maniac ran away from home after his parents died and he was sent to live with an aunt and uncle...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found at the very beginning of Chapter 3. There, we see the incident in which Maniac first meets Amanda. This is on what was apparently Maniac’s first day in...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013, 2:21 am (UTC)

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The "pillbox" makes its appearance in chapter 39. Maniac discovers that the McNabs are building something that they call the "pillbox" in their house. It's a fortress or bunker of sorts. The plan...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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The encyclopedia is ripped to shreds to send a message to the Beales and Maniac. Amanda’s library is her most prized possession, and the encyclopedia’s volume A is the crown jewel. She wants to...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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While Maniac Magee is a relatively easy-going, kind adolescent, his decision to live with the Beales on the East End creates tension in the black community. The town of Two Mills is racially...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2019, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 23, Grayson asks Maniac Magee, "What about school?" Magee's reply is quite defensive and macho, telling Grayson that he's not going and that they can't make him go if they can't find...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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For a long time, Maniac Magee had not had a home of his own. His parents died when he was young, so he went to live with his aunt and uncle. Their house was full of turmoil because of their...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016, 8:03 am (UTC)

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Amanda and Maniac have an argument when he determines to leave the Beale's house because he feels he is causing them problems. Maniac is white and the Beales are black, and there are some who do...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2008, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee, whose real name is Jeffrey, undergoes several changes during the course of the novel. Many of them are serious and life-altering. The deaths of his parents impacts him the most,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 3:35 am (UTC)

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After an old man named Grayson discovers Maniac living in a buffalo pen, he invites Maniac to live with him on the third floor of the YMCA and in the band shell, which is the baseball equipment...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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Manic is blind to racism and seeing color. Race is very significant in Two Mills. If you are white, you live on the West End and you generally stay on the West End with your own kind. If you are...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 27, Maniac teaches his friend Grayson to read by acting as his own personal dedicated teacher, starting with the alphabet and moving Grayson slowly up until he can read words, then...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2016, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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Grayson is from the West End. After Maniac runs away, he ends up in Two Mills. When Maniac meets Amanda, she asks him where he is from. She assumes he is from the West End, but he explains that...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 1:10 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli is the story of an exceptional boy named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but nearly everyone calls him "Maniac." His parents die when he is young, and he is goes to live with...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2014, 3:54 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee humiliates Mars Bar by taking a bite of his candy bar and then winning a race where he is running backwards. Maniac Magee and Mars Bar had a rocky start to their relationship. Mars...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016, 3:55 am (UTC)

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