Maniac Magee Questions and Answers

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Maniac publicly humiliates the town bully John McNab by hitting each one of his deadly fastballs. John fancies himself as an ace pitcher and thinks that striking out Maniac will be just as easy as...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 12:06 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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The finsterwallies are the reactions scared people have when they stand on Finsterwald's step or go into his yard. Finsterwald is a reclusive man that by the nature of his lack of social...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2010, 8:51 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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There is very little direct characterization of Finsterwald’s in this book. Direct characterization is when the narrator of the book explicitly tells the reader things about a character or, in...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2012, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 15. The chapter begins by telling readers that Maniac Magee's fame has grown all over the entire East End. Everybody has heard some kind of rumor...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2021, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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I believe that this question is asking about an event that is found in chapter 7. Maniac shows up at the town's Little League baseball field, and McNab is preening like a peacock after striking out...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018, 3:04 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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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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After Grayson died, Maniac resumes his run around the two mile area, and finds two runaways. He convinces them to go back home, and lives with their families for a little while. The dad is a...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2007, 11:49 pm (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 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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In Jerry Spinelli’s novel Maniac Magee, the main character, Jeffrey, shows persistence as a habit of mind in his search for a permanent family and his efforts to overcome racism. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2022, 4:40 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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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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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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Toward the end of the story, Mars Bar tells Maniac what happened after the unfortunate incident with the trestle. Poor old Russell got stuck on the P&W trolley trestle, and had Mars Bar not...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2021, 11:04 am (UTC)

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You can find the answer to this question at the very start of Chapter 14 in Maniac Magee. The basic answer is that Maniac loves the early morning. In this chapter, Maniac has just started his “new...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2013, 8:28 pm (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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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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The quote in the question isn't quite right in the text's actual wording. The quote can be found at the beginning of chapter 8: The kid who tattooed Giant John McNab's fastball for half a dozen...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2018, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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The Pickwell family is unique and special for many reasons. They are a large family with 18 members, including 10 children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. They are a tight-knit...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 5:09 pm (UTC)

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I think the answer to this question is definitely up to individual reader opinion; however, I think most readers would see Grayson's gift as a thoughtful and loving gift to Maniac. Grayson giving...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee's real name is Jeffrey Lionel Magee. Maniac Magee is introduced to readers as Maniac Magee, but the book quickly mentions that "Maniac" is not his real name. Jeffrey Lionel Magee is...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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We are not actually explicitly told why Jeffrey does not have any fear of the Finsterwald house in the way that all of the other kids in the neighborhood do. Spinelli does not come out and say...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2013, 6:37 pm (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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You can find the answer to this question very early on in the book. It comes right at the beginning of Chapter 3. The reason that the two of them are drawn together as friends is that they both...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2012, 5:13 am (UTC)

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This quote means that when Maniac ran the race backward he did not do it to humiliate Mars Bar, he was just focused on running. Maniac is an odd kid. He does not think like other kids. He is an...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013, 1:02 am (UTC)

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Maniac Magee is set in the fictional town of Two Mills in Pennsylvania. This is a deeply segregated community in which people of different races inhabit different worlds and different realities....

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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On the first day Jeffrey "Maniac Magee" arrives in the racially divided town of Two Mills, he runs into Amanda Beale, who is on her way to school and ends up giving him a book. After Amanda leaves,...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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Chapter Seven, the story of the "stopball" reveals how "Maniac" got his nickname. (A "stopball" is one pitched directly over homeplate.)McNab is the fearsome Little...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2008, 9:41 am (UTC)

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I believe Maniac liked trash talk because it made him feel liked he belonged. Jeffery Magee AKA Maniac never felt he belonged anywhere after his parents died and he ran away from his estranged aunt...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2010, 1:36 am (UTC)

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I think that more often than not, Maniac does not think twice about not having a home. He doesn't outright say this, but his actions and attitude indicate that Maniac is capable of making any...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2015, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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The "raisins" at the McNab house are not dried grapes. They are roaches. Maniac is amazed when he sees the inside of the McNab house for the first time. Never has he come across such squalor; he...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2009, 6:46 am (UTC)

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Well, Spinelli never comes right out and says why, does he? But isn't there some house in every neighborhood where the "tough" kid lives--where, as Spinelli writes, '''If you valued your life, you...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009, 9:27 am (UTC)

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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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Maniac Magee met Russell and Piper McNab when he was staying at Valley Forge. The two brothers told him their plans to run away to Mexico. Wanting to prevent this, Maniac told them that they won...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016, 6:51 am (UTC)

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I believe that you meant to ask why Mars Bar was embarrassed when Maniac crossed the finish line backwards. I have changed your question to show this. Mars Bar was embarrassed when Maniac crossed...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012, 5:41 am (UTC)

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Earl Grayson considers himself a failure after pitching the worst game of his life as a young man when he was attempting to make it to the Major League. Earl Grayson tells Maniac Magee the story of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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On a hot August day, Maniac Magee was with his friends in the East End trying to cool off. Someone had "wrench[ed] off the cap" of the fire hydrant, and water was spraying everywhere. Maniac and...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2016, 4:43 am (UTC)

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Maniac talks to Amanda Beale not long after he winds up in Two Mills. He sees her carrying a suitcase and automatically assumes that she's a runaway like him. This is a misunderstanding on Maniac's...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 5:12 am (UTC)

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The question is not so much who Maniac loved more. Throughout the book, he is able to get along with just about everybody. The only people he seems to have any trouble spending time with are his...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2008, 4:34 am (UTC)

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An idiom is a phrase that doesn't mean what the words of the phrase literally mean; rather, it points to a secondary meaning that is known between groups of people. A famous idiom you may be...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 8:54 pm (UTC)

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The character that has the greatest impact on Maniac is Amanda Beale, because she gives him a family. Maniac wants a family more than anything else. His parents are dead, and the relatives he was...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 1:00 am (UTC)

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In baseball, a knuckleball is notoriously difficult to hit, throw, or even catch. To throw a good knuckleball, a pitcher must start with the right grip. The general practice is to press the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter One, the narrator first describes the accident that killed Maniac's parents when he was three years old. Jeffrey, as he was called then before earning his nickname "Maniac," went to live...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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Feel free to answer this question with your own opinion. If you think "Maniac" is a good nickname, then explain why. If you think it is a poor nickname, then explain why you think that. I think it...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee met Russell and Piper while he was camping out in a historical recreation log cabin at the Valley Forge open air museum. First, he overheard their voices bickering in the night. The...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2016, 7:01 am (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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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 8. This chapter explains that the legend of Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee has been growing, and it gives a brief description on how Jeffrey came to be...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2021, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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