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Maniac won his race with Mars Bar running backwards, which was insulting to his opponent. Maniac just did not understand what he was getting into when he met Mars Bar. He didn’t realize that the...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016, 4:53 am (UTC)

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Jeffrey paints the "101" on the door as a proclamation that the baseball shed has an address. It is now 101 Band Shell Blvd, home of Grayson and Jeffrey. This moment comes at the end of a memorable...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019, 3:48 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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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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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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After Maniac Magee embarrasses John McNab by hitting a frogball inside-the-park home run, McNab and his gang of misfits called the Cobras chase after him. Maniac Magee ends up running past Hector...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019, 8:43 pm (UTC)

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Maniac had dinner with the Pickwell family for the second time. He sat at the old ping pong table with Mr. and Mrs. Pickwell, their many children, their extended family, and a shoe salesman who was...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 5:18 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee saved Arnold Jones when he rescued him from the backyard of Finsterwald's house. That house was a place where no one went. Every kid is town seemed to be frightened by the property....

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 6:35 am (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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I can think of quite a few "A" words that would describe Maniac Magee. Awesome, athletic, able, alienated, and altruistic. Maniac is definitely an able bodied athlete. Early in the story he...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016, 7:27 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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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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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 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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One symbol was the address that Maniac didn’t have which symbolized homelessness. When he left the Beals home he was once again not only without a home but without an address.Racial prejudice...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2008, 10:08 am (UTC)

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This sentence appears in Chapter 37, which begins by recounting "a series of heroic feats" that Maniac performs. But why does Maniac perform all these feats? We find out in this paragraph: To...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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Grayson was very important to Maniac, because he was like family. Grayson found Maniac when he was at a low point. Maniac had run away again, this time from the Beales. He loved the Beales like...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016, 4:23 am (UTC)

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Jeffrey Lionel Magee, also known as Maniac Magee, becomes famous throughout the racially divided town of Two Mills for accomplishing heroic, legendary feats, which impress and astonish his peers....

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 42, Maniac Magee brings the notorious Mars Bar Thompson to the racist McNab home for Piper's birthday party. When Maniac arrives at the McNab home, he proceeds to give Piper his birthday...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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Amanda loses her bedroom, Hester and Lester are better behaved, and Maniac helps with the chores. Maniac becomes a part of the Beale family. He reads to Hester and Lester, who love having an older...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016, 4:09 am (UTC)

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I suppose that John McNab takes in Maniac Magee for two reasons. While McNab really hates Maniac for making him look the fool, McNab is forced to recognize the fact that Maniac brought back his two...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018, 4:44 am (UTC)

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Maniac wanted to bring the West Enders and East Enders together. He felt that their ignorance about one another had led to animosity. Maniac himself had experienced this when he lived with the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016, 7:05 am (UTC)

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Shortly after Maniac Magee conquers the infamous Cobble's Knot, the surrounding crowd begins to cheer him on, and confetti is thrown into the air in celebration of his achievement. As Mr. Cobble...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 25, and it is a hilarious little story. Grayson explains to Maniac that he managed to get himself onto a minor league team in West Virginia....

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018, 12:32 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 chapter 3 for evidence on this question. Chapter 3 begins with Maniac coming across Amanda Beale. Maniac sees Amanda walking down the street, and he assumes that she is...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019, 2:05 am (UTC)

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The narrative point of view of Maniac Magee is the third person perspective. The story is being told from the perspective of an outside observer, and that observer really does try to only talk...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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Maniac doesn’t want to go to Mars Bar’s house because he has been moving from home to home, but he realizes he belongs with the Beales. Maniac Magee has been homeless since he ran away from his...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2016, 1:31 am (UTC)

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Maniac and readers learn a great deal about Grayson during the middle parts of the book. We learn that Grayson was a very accomplished baseball pitcher. He was good enough to stay in the minor...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 3:15 am (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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Hector Street is the invisible line that separates the East side from the West side. Maniac, although he is white, has lived on both sides of Hector Street, and had good and bad experiences on both...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2009, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Chapter 27 brings Maniac Magee and Grayson closer together, because the chapter is a role reversal between the two characters. In chapter 26 Grayson and Maniac spent time together playing catch....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 1:06 pm (UTC)

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Life in the Beale family household changed in many positive ways after Maniac Magee moved in. The youngest Beale son and daughter, Hester and Lester, had run around the house like wild animals...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 6:14 am (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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Jeffrey sleeps in the buffalo pen at the zoo. As Chapter 22 begins, we learn that Jeffrey has been spending his nights with the mother and baby buffalo in their pen at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Each...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 11:33 pm (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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Maniac’s address with Grayson is 101 Band Shell Boulevard. Maniac is obsessed with having an address. Ever since his parents died and he ran away from his aunt and uncle, he has wanted a real...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016, 1:37 pm (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 is always moving around from place to place. It's no wonder that one of his greatest desires is to find a place that he can call home. After losing not one but two families, Maniac winds up...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018, 10:48 am (UTC)

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Maniac tells Mrs. Beale that he loves her after she slaps his "trashtalking mouth" because he recognizes that her action, though harsh, is done out of love. Children appreciate discipline, and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2009, 6:00 am (UTC)

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Mars Bar is extremely annoyed, not just for being humiliated at Piper McNab's birthday party, but also at Maniac for taking him there in the first place. When Maniac is originally invited to the...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018, 5:36 pm (UTC)

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The phrase about which you are asking is actually found at the end of Chapter 37. Russell and Piper McNab will only go to school if they are bribed, and thus "there (is) nothing free" about their...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2009, 8:24 am (UTC)

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I am not sure if you are asking where Maniac went at any particular point in the story, but here is a brief rundown of his ramblings throughout the course of the narrative: Maniac was born in...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2009, 4:20 am (UTC)

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Maniac is discovered in the buffalo pen by Grayson, the zoo caretaker. After leaving the Beale house, Maniac finds himself living in the buffalo pen at the zoo. One day the zoo's caretaker finds...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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If you are the unfortunate victim of a "finsterwallie," a bully has pushed you, much against your will, onto the property of the feared Finsterwald's. Rumor has it that the inhabitants...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2007, 8:36 am (UTC)

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In Jerry Spinelli's novel Maniac Magee, Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee meets Grayson, a Zoo worker, in part two of the novel. The two become friends, bonding over baseball and butterscotch krimpets. Earl...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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Maniac does not care know about the local legend and he just wants to help the kid. Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee is new in town. He went on the run when he was orphaned and did not like the relatives he...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 3:51 am (UTC)

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In addition to having a difficult time with reading, Grayson struggled to become a successful baseball player. Grayson's fondest dream was to be a Major League baseball player. He was a pretty fair...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2010, 2:11 pm (UTC)

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Maniac wants to belong somewhere, with people who love him and a real address. Maniac lost his family when his parents died. He was shipped off to relatives, but they were horrible people who...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016, 2:18 am (UTC)

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This question is asking about an event that happens in chapter 44; however, the answer is found in chapter 45. At the end of chapter 44, Piper runs up to Maniac and Mars Bar and begs them to come...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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