Maniac Magee Questions and Answers

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I believe that this question is asking about an event that occurs in chapter 15. Readers are told that Maniac Magee loved to hear the other boys "trash talk." Readers are told that Maniac loved it...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019, 4:03 am (UTC)

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Maniac is used to fending for himself, so he wants to sleep in the equipment room. By the time Maniac met Grayson, he had lost two families. The old man found him sleeping in the buffalo pen at...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Maniac loves trash talk because the words “have spirit” and trash talk makes him feel included. Trash talk, or swearing, is something that Maniac learns from playing with boys in the neighborhood....

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015, 3:22 am (UTC)

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"The Cobras" is the fearsome-sounding name that John McNab and his friends give to themselves. A cobra is a snake, of course; a deadly poisonous one at that. And the name is well-chosen because...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019, 7:53 am (UTC)

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The Pickwell kids were impressed that Maniac was running on the steel rail of the train tracks. Maniac goes to the Pickwell house for dinner because the Pickwells have a lot of kids, and when Mrs....

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 7:48 pm (UTC)

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Both families have children, and both sit down to meals together. Neither family is wealthy, but they do manage to feed and clothe their children, keeping a watchful eye on them. Both sets of...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2010, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Grayson had experienced a fairly long career as a Minor League Baseball player. He had played as a pitcher on several different baseball teams. He had once had a chance to impress a scout for a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 25. This is the chapter that has Grayson telling all kinds of great stories about his long baseball career. The best story is the story he tells...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 2:39 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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Infamous essentially means to be famous for a bad reason, or to have a bad reputation. 803 Oriole Street is the home of Finsterwald, a man in the neighborhood whom no one really knows much about,...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2009, 4:07 am (UTC)

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There is one quote that I love that seems to really nail Maniac's "color blindness." The quote is from chapter 16. He didn't figure he was white any more than the East Enders were black, He...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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Grayson is telling Maniac that he loves him by giving him his old baseball glove. Grayson is the old groundskeeper at the zoo. He finds Maniac sleeping in the buffalo pen and takes him in. Maniac...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016, 7:46 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee rarely felt at home. His parents both perished in a tragic trolley car accident when he was three years old. He was sent to live with his aunt and uncle, who had a strained marital...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016, 5:26 am (UTC)

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The main purpose of the story is to entertain. It is children’s or young adult fiction, and it is written in order to keep the reader interested in reading. At the same time, the book also...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012, 3:51 am (UTC)

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The answer to your question can be found in Chapter One, which is a short biography of Maniac Magee from birth until the time he became a legend. His life started out normal, but when Jeffrey...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011, 4:29 am (UTC)

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The text doesn't flat out say why Maniac is so interested in Grayson's past, so feel free to state what you think and support it. I think in general Maniac wants to hear about Grayson's past...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2018, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee has become something of a local legend in the town of Two Mills. Indeed, it's a sign of his legendary status that so many people claim to have seen him on that fateful...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021, 12:12 pm (UTC)

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Maniac met many people in the East End. For a few months, Maniac lived in the East End with the Beale family. Maniac was white, and the residents of the East End were black. Even though Maniac was...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 6:02 am (UTC)

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If we look at Chapter Twelve, which is when Maniac Magee finds his first more stable "home" compared to the shed in the park, we can see that Manic Magee defines home as being an address that is...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011, 8:28 pm (UTC)

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Hector Street is the divide between the two racially segregated sides of town. The white people live on one side and the black people live on the other, and no one ever crosses Hector Street to...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2009, 6:50 am (UTC)

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The first book that Grayson read cover to cover was The Little Engine That Could. Accordingly, Maniac Magee didn't help Grayson at all. We are told that the latter made an almost superhuman effort...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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The boys are bringing cinder blocks into the dining room. The McNab house is pretty unusual. Manaic Magee stays there because he wants to help Piper and Russel, but he finds the house messy and...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2016, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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It sounds to me like you are asking for some discussion questions based on chapters 35-39 in Maniac Magee. I can help with that. A good way to do this might be to come up with one discussion...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016, 10:23 pm (UTC)

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This is an extremely enjoyable story that focuses on the life of the protagonist, the eponymous hero of the novel, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, who, in spite of various problems in his life,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013, 6:02 am (UTC)

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The character of Earl Grayson in Maniac Magee is a living embodiment of the ignorance and incomprehension that lies at the heart of race relations in the racially segregated town of Two Mills. Not...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2021, 9:49 am (UTC)

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Amanda tries to make Maniac Magee popular in the East End so that the racist bigots that want him gone will no longer antagonize Maniac and the Beales. Maniac is homeless and colorblind. I don't...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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On his first day in town, Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee met Amanda Beale. Amanda was a girl who loved books and reading. She took special care of her books and carried them everywhere with her to protect...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 7:53 am (UTC)

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I recommend starting to look for the answer to this question in chapter 10. Maniac has just escaped from McNab and his goons by running into the East End, but Maniac is hardly safe. Mars Bar...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019, 12:21 am (UTC)

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The intriguing thing about the Pickwell children's names is that, apparently, they all start with a "D." There are ten Pickwell children, and, as far as I can see, the names of six of them begin...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2010, 1:04 am (UTC)

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I believe that this question is asking about events that occur in chapter 21—as this chapter is the only chapter that mentions confetti. Chapter 20 ends with Maniac successfully undoing the famed...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 2:38 am (UTC)

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Mars Bar became Maniac Magee's running partner. One evening, "Maniac thought he heard footsteps other than his own" while he was out running. He looked all around, but he did not see anyone else....

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016, 7:37 am (UTC)

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John McNab is a character in the novel Maniac Magee, written by Jerry Spinelli. John McNab is a great baseball player and first meets the infamous Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee on the baseball...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee unexpectedly showed up for dinner at the Pickwell house. Amongst the ten Pickwell children, relatives, and a friend, Maniac was hardly noticed at first. He sat at the ping pong table...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 8:22 am (UTC)

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Maniac would eat at the Pickwells' house. When Mrs. Pickwell blew a whistle to call her children home for dinner, Maniac would go with them. The Pickwells had so many children that nobody noticed...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2008, 5:25 am (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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Grayson told Maniac Magee a story about when he was very young and a new minor league baseball player. He arrived in the new town where he would be playing with the Bluefield Bullets. Grayson...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 8:35 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 1. A child becomes an orphan when both parents are killed. This happened to Maniac Magee when he was 3 years old. His parents were out for the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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Maniac and Grayson celebrate a happy Christmas together, and five days later, Grayson dies. In this chapter, Maniac is living in the band shell equipment room with Grayson, the elderly zoo...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016, 2:17 am (UTC)

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It's never explained precisely why old folks would stay away from a two-dollar movie at a Saturday afternoon matinee. There's only one actual mention of the word “matinee” in the whole book, and...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2020, 11:03 am (UTC)

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The McNab family constructed a "pillbox" to protect themselves from a revolt of the East Enders. The McNab family had falsely convinced themselves that the residents of the East End were going to...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016, 5:41 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1 of Maniac Magee. When the chapter begins, readers are told that Maniac was born in a great house with loving parents. Unfortunately, his...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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Russell and Piper McNab grow up in chaos and squalor. With a drunk for a dad and a seemingly absent mother, they're pretty much left to their own devices. Unsurprisingly, the McNab kids lack the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2018, 8:34 am (UTC)

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All the kids in the neighborhood are afraid to tread on Finsterwald's property. Finsterwald is known as a menacing character, and although tales of what happens to those who dare venture close to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009, 11:57 am (UTC)

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In the book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee ends up staying with Grayson, a has-been minor league baseball player, in the equipment room of the park. Grayson feeds Maniac with fast...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015, 6:30 pm (UTC)

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The twins Russell and Piper appear in Chapter 34 when they are trying to run away to Mexico. Maniac is at Valley Forge, where he is planning to live in a recreated cabin for a while, when he...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 3:40 am (UTC)

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Jeffrey's name is all he has left from his parents. Jeffrey does not think of himself as a legend because he wants to be a normal kid with a normal address. The way Jeffrey’s nickname starts is...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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Maniac probably wants to talk to the lady or thank her. Mars Bar and Maniac get off on the wrong foot. Maniac is not afraid of Mars Bar, because he does not know the neighborhood well. Also,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 4:09 am (UTC)

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The "A" volume of the encyclopedia is the only one Amanda owns. She had gotten it at the supermarket, and then the supermarket offer had expired; there were no other volumes to be had. Amanda and...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010, 1:43 am (UTC)

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When Maniac Magee moved into Amanda's room at the Beale house, she started sleeping with Hester and Lester. Without even being asked, Maniac kept Amanda's old bedroom clean and tidy. There were...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 6:46 am (UTC)

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Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee had no problems with Finsterwald’s because he was new and did not know he was supposed to be afraid, and also because he generally wasn't afraid of anything. Every...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015, 2:59 am (UTC)

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