Maniac Magee Questions and Answers

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Maniac realizes his true family is the Beales. When Maniac Magee’s parents died, he was left to relatives that he couldn’t stand. He ran away, and it wasn’t until he met Amanda Beale that he found...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Part of the reason Maniac Magee might be "color blind" is that he has had such a difficult life. His parents died when he was very young, and he lived with his aunt and uncle, who hate each other....

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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The two characters are drawn to each other for a variety of reasons. I think most importantly, Jeffrey (Maniac) and Amanda are not preoccupied with race. Amanda and Maniac are not color blind. They...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2015, 10:43 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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Maniac is allergic to pizza, which is ironic in the book, as he won a year's supply of pizza after untying Cobble's knot.

Latest answer posted July 14, 2013, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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Shortly after arriving at Two Mills, Pennsylvania, Maniac Magee begins to leave an impression on the residents by achieving incredible feats of athleticism. Maniac proceeds to make an amazing...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020, 10:41 am (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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If this question is asking about Amanda's copy of the "A" volume of the encyclopedia, then a reader should look at chapter 21. Maniac has just solved the infamous Cobble's Knot, and the town is...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 2:17 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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Grayson's world is opened up in a number of ways through his time spent with Maniac. Maniac teaches him to read, and enlightens him about things such as the fact that black people are the same as...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Finsterwald, like the black people in Maniac Magee's community, lives a segregated life. While the black people live in their own community, Finsterwald is segregated in his own house in the white...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010, 12:29 am (UTC)

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Jeffrey (known to us as Maniac) yearns for a family to love him. From the very beginning of the story, when Maniac flees from his aunt and uncle because they don't even talk to each other, Maniac...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2009, 4:28 am (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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If Grayson had not died, Maniac might finally have had a father figure to take care of him. Maniac's own parents are dead, and his aunt and uncle never pay attention to him. So Maniac has never had...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2008, 3:48 am (UTC)

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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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When someone is nonchalant, they act indifferent or appear unconcerned. When a character is described as doing something nonchalantly, they are performing an action in a casual or unexcited way....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 9:07 am (UTC)

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To really understand why Maniac is upset with himself for crossing the finish line backwards, you really have to understand Mars Bar. Mars Bar is the leader of his neighborhood gang and has been...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2011, 5:02 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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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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In a lot of ways, the society of Two Mills is quite similar to a modern day society. That should not be overly surprising due to the fact that the book isn't set that far in the past. Since Grayson...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 10:26 pm (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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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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As you read the book, Maniac Magee, written by Jerry Spinelli, you will discover that it is a novel about a boy who is orphaned at a young age. The boy, Jeffery Lionel Magee, who comes to be known...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015, 11:58 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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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 22. Maniac was forced to flee in the previous chapter, and that poses one immediate problem. He does not have anywhere to call home, and he...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2021, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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Jeffrey, better known as Maniac Magee, is one cool character. He is that kid that can do anything and everything, make it look easy, but not make you jealous, angry, or spiteful while doing it....

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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Maniac Magee author Jerry Spinelli does a fantastic job of building Jeffrey Lionel Magee into a legendary kid with a hefty amount of mystery about him. What's great is that Spinelli is able to do...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021, 1:34 pm (UTC)

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It is customary for children to go to the nearest relative. Orphanages do not really exist anymore, and children go to foster care now instead. In the 1800s, children who were abandoned by their...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015, 7:32 pm (UTC)

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Before Maniac Magee visits the McNab home for a second time, he agrees to attend Piper's birthday party under one condition. Maniac insists the Piper allow him to bring a guest to the party. Maniac...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 10:18 am (UTC)

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In a particularly colorful, vivid passage, Spinelli refers to the first day of the worms, that time in warm and rainy April when the sidewalks and the streets seem to be covered in the little...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 8:57 am (UTC)

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When Maniac leaves the Beales's home, he goes back to the zoo and sleeps in the buffalo pen. He has an accident one day, however, and is helped by an elderly man named Grayson. At first, Grayson...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2008, 2:54 am (UTC)

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The crucial message of this book is shown through the way in which Jeffery lives and intereacts with a series of different characters who are all to some extent divided by racism. What he does...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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We teachers have to realize not all children learn the same way. That has been an issue in public school education for years. Some students are quite capable of learning on their own. Maniac,...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2010, 8:04 am (UTC)

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Maniac wants an address, a home. He also wants to keep the younger boys from skipping school. Maniac seems to believe that there is good in everyone. In his innocence, he does things that bring out...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010, 12:13 am (UTC)

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One of Maniac Magee's major faults is his inability to recognize and understand racial differences. He looks at his black friends' skin colors and notices that they come in a vast array of shades,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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In the first full paragraph of Chapter 11, Maniac thinks about Amanda, "she was pretty finicky about her books".

Latest answer posted November 19, 2007, 12:52 am (UTC)

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It is not certain how Jeffrey got to Arnold. Some say he hopped the fence, others say he just opened the gate and strolled into the backyard. Whatever the case, Arnold "fainted dead away" when he...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2007, 5:26 am (UTC)

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On Jeffrey "Maniac" Magee's first day in Two Mills, Pennsylvania, he makes an indelible impression on the local kids by traveling through the East End, intercepting Brian Denehy's pass to James...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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This question is wide open, and any number of situations could work. There's a lot to choose from regarding Maniac and his relationship with Grayson, Amanda, Mars Bar, and the McNabs. You could...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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This novel tries to get us to think about race differently. I think that some of our preconceptions about race may be turned on their heads. The black family that Maniac Magee stays with is...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012, 3:54 am (UTC)

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Maniac is very hungry by this time. He obviously hadn't been eating well since Grayson noticed that "Wherever his body showed through (his tattered clothes) it was bony..." (pg 80) The soup and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011, 6:38 am (UTC)

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