Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Maniac Magee

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1990

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 820L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level W

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Major Awards: 1991 Newbery Medal

Number of Pages: 180 pages

Approximate Word Count: 54,900 words -- The average reader will spend 3 hours and 39 minutes reading Maniac Magee at 250 words per minute.*

Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins

Book Themes: Abandonment, Family, Friendship, Courage, Race - Prejudice, Freedom and Confinement, Innocence

Genre: Young Adult Literature

Setting: Pennsylvania in 2000's

Important Quote: Nobody knows who said it first, but somebody must have: 'Kid's gotta be a maniac.

First Line: Before the Story - They say Maniac Magee was born in a dump. They say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart a sofa spring. --- Ch 1 - Maniac Magee was not born in a dump. He was born in a house, a pretty ordinary house, right across the river from here, in Bridgeport. And he had regular parents, a mother and a father.

Point of View: Third Person (Omniscient)

* Estimate from Reading Length

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