Maniac Magee Questions and Answers

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In Chapter 34, we learn that Piper and Russell are running away to Mexico. As the chapter begins, Maniac discovers both boys in the cabin next door. When he first sees them, Screecher and Missing...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2016, 8:17 pm (UTC)

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Something snapped in Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee at the spring musicale. His frustration with his life with his aunt and uncle all came out and he ran off. He ran out of the school and away from...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2016, 6:55 am (UTC)

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Mars Bar Thompson is as deeply affected by the town's racial segregation as everyone else. He was born and raised in the East End, the black side of town, and harbors a long-lasting resentment...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019, 6:38 am (UTC)

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When the twins are stuck on the railroad trestle, Maniac freezes, remembering his parents' death in a railway accident there. It is Mars Bar that has to save the two bigoted, little white boys. The...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2010, 10:23 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the book, Maniac Magee is rather lost and searching for something that he's not sure exists yet: a permanent place to call his own with people who care about him. His parents...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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The truth was that Jeffrey, aka "Maniac" had been essentially homeless, and sleeping in the shed behind the bandshell was a pretty comfortable alternative to what he was used to. Grayson tried to...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009, 7:55 am (UTC)

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Maniac enjoys the love and stability of the Beale household. It is the closest thing to a traditional family environment that he has had in his life, and he thrives while he lives there. However,...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2007, 11:08 am (UTC)

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The sequence that this question is asking about can be found in chapter 25 of Maniac Magee. The chapter begins with Maniac commenting that Grayson sent him to bed without a story. Grayson responds...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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On the day that Maniac Magee arrived in town, he went to the East End. The East End in Two Mills was where almost all of the African American citizens lived. Amanda Beale, who was black, lived in...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016, 8:23 am (UTC)

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Jerry Spinelli never writes why Maniac Magee chooses The Little Engine That Could. Maniac never explains it either, so it is left up to the reader to hypothesize a reason. I think Maniac chose...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016, 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Beale knows that Jeffrey Magee has nowhere to go, and she does not care that he is white. Amanda brings Jeffrey home, and he just sort of stays. He stays for dinner, and then does not leave....

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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Hector Street is the racial divide in the town, where the neighborhood on one side is inhabited by white people and the neighborhood on the other side is inhabited by black people. Maniac Magee is...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009, 2:58 am (UTC)

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Within the text of Maniac Magee, a reader should look to the closing paragraphs of chapter five for the Samaritan reference. Some high school bullies have dumped Arnold into Finsterwald's yard,...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 3:53 am (UTC)

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Maniac is three years old when his parents die. He lives with his aunt and an uncle that she lives with legally married, but he hates her and she hates him. Maniac is very unhappy. He hates...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2009, 10:40 am (UTC)

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Maniac is upset with himself for crossing the finish line backwards when racing with Mars Bar because in doing so, he is rubbing his victory in the face of his opponent. It is bad enough for Mars...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2009, 7:54 am (UTC)

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The "problem" with all of these characters is that they are not really fleshed out as individuals but rather represent types. Characters portrayed in this miminalist kind of way are called "stock...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2009, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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When Grayson found Maniac Magee at the zoo, he thought that "the kid looked terrible." Maniac had been living homeless for so long that his clothes were "rags" and his body was "was bony and dirty...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 7:17 am (UTC)

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Maniac is a lost kid during the month of January. Grayson dies in the chapter before, and Maniac feels lost and alone. In order to cope, Maniac does what he always does: he runs. He has no real...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey leaves the McNabs because they are racist and he is unable to make them see that color does not matter. Jeffrey takes the McNab twins home, and their brother is not happy to find out that...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016, 5:17 am (UTC)

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The quote in question comes in chapter 18 of Maniac Magee. This is the chapter that sees Maniac set on leaving Amanda's house because of what was written on the outside of her house in the previous...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 2:35 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee was born in Bridgeport and was not an orphan from birth. One fatal day, Maniac's parents were riding the P & W high-speed trolley back from the city when the drunken motorman took...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019, 1:50 pm (UTC)

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I would say teaching Grayson how to read was one of his best accomplishments, one he would be proud of. The old man had few friends, and he gave Maniac not only a home, but companionship as well....

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010, 4:57 am (UTC)

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Maniac shows compassion when he saves Arnold from Finsterwald's, teaches Grayson to read, and shares his pizza with the little runaways. Maniac may be weird, but he has a good heart. One example of...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 2:56 am (UTC)

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I believe that the sequence that this question is asking about can be found in chapter 44. The chapter begins with Maniac Magee going on his early morning runs. As his runs continue, Maniac thinks...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 2:50 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee is a great book that deals with many different social issues. The East End represents a lot to Maniac and is very important to him. First, the East End is the first place Maniac feels...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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Earl Grayson is a character in Maniac Magee known for "saving" Maniac (Jeffrey). He had been quite successful in parts of his life, regardless of his poor upbringing. The two characters seem to...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2018, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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The character of Mars Bar, from the book Maniac Magee, is an "everyday hero" because he is a very human character who learns an important lesson and grows from it; that is, he is just a regular...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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Maniac McGee was raised in a time of segregation or near its end. Having little contact with African Americans until he ran away, he was puzzled by the reference to blacks. His child-like innocence...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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A reader should look to chapter five for this answer. Readers are introduced to Finsterwald and his scary reputation in this chapter. It seems that he is the neighborhood Boogeyman. All the kids...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2019, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee first had to convince Russell and Piper that he wasn't a cop. With that accomplished, Maniac discovered where the two boys were plotting to run away to. Russell and Piper were...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2015, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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Pretty much everything about Jeffrey Lionel Magee is memorable and unusual. First of all, there is the way he frees himself from ridiculous and uncomfortable living arrangements with his...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2009, 1:19 am (UTC)

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The behavior that Mrs. Beale finds unacceptable is Maniac's trash-talking. The issue that Maniac is confronted with is that prior to Mrs. Beale, Maniac understood trash-talking as a sign of...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019, 5:37 pm (UTC)

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Having just won a year's worth of free pizza, Maniac Magee's understandably in a happy mood. Sadly, his feeling of joy doesn't last for very long. Amanda has discovered, much to her horror, that...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2021, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 44, Maniac Magee begins seeing Mars Bar Thompson on his early morning runs but notices that Mars Bar is quick to avoid him. One reason Mars Bar may avoid Maniac on their early morning...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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In the book Maniac Magee, the title character beat Mars Bar in a race. In the end, Maniac won the race by running backwards! After they crossed the finish line, Mars Bar was furious. He accused...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 7:49 am (UTC)

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It turns out that Grayson doesn't need to be as concerned as he has been about Maniac's refusal to go to school. Instead of buying his much-loved Krimpets, for which the money Grayson gives him is...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey Magee is known as “Maniac Magee” because he engages in behaviors that everyone considers impossible. Jeffrey gets the nickname Maniac by herding the frog McNab is using as a baseball. …...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016, 3:36 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1 of the book. Readers are told that Jeffrey Lionel Magee was "not born in a dump." He was born to regular parents that lived in a regular house....

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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The mystery dinner guest is none other than Maniac himself. Mrs. Pickwell has absolutely no idea who he is yet still warmly welcomes him into her home when she calls in her kids for dinner. As for...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 7:46 am (UTC)

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The theme of belonging is important to Chapters 1-12, which begin with Maniac running away and end with him moving in with the Beales. A theme of the first 12 chapters of the novel could be the...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2016, 11:32 pm (UTC)

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After Maniac leaves Amanda's home, there is a short span of time where the reader does not know for sure where Maniac lives. It appears that he must have just been living out on the streets,...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008, 3:35 am (UTC)

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After Grayson gives Maniac some soup and a zep, Maniac asks for some butterscotch Krimpets. Maniac, homeless, had been living on his own at the zoo in the bison pen. Grayson, who works at the zoo,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009, 6:33 am (UTC)

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This question is a bit odd because John McNab does not show up in chapters 10-12. He does confirm his status as a bully in chapter 9. The chapter begins with narration about how McNab is still...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018, 3:07 pm (UTC)

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The first unusual event in the opening chapter is the tragic incident that led to Maniac Magee—or plain old Jeffrey as he was back then—becoming an orphan. When Jeffrey was three years old, his...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 10:01 am (UTC)

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Maniac actually uses the children's classic "The Little Engine That Could" to teach Grayson to read. It is the story of a little engine who pulls a long train all the way up a steep hill...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2008, 7:26 am (UTC)

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Maniac looks haggard, dirty, underfed, and just generally pitiable when Grayson finds him. This happens at the beginning of Chapter 22. Here's how the narrator describes Maniac right as Grayson...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016, 1:59 am (UTC)

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Grayson's difficulties started when he was very young. He didn't do well in school and was put in a class that did not teach anything, but instead the students just did simple art projects. The...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019, 5:48 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter nine. The Cobras is what John McNab and his friends call themselves. They think of themselves as a gang of sorts, and anybody that messes with...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2018, 12:18 am (UTC)

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The mid-twentieth century setting influences the story because there are strong racial and class divisions in the working class town. The setting of the story is not distinct, but it takes place...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2014, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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In Maniac Magee, the main character is a boy who suffers from the insecurity of his situation as an orphan. Unable to feel comfortable within any of the families where he is temporarily lives,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2021, 8:34 pm (UTC)

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