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Maniac Magee


Book Summary

Part town legend, part loner seeking a home, Maniac Magee is a character like no other.  This book deals with racism and bullying through the eyes of an unusual hero--one who can untie the trickiest knots, and hit home runs against the best pitcher in town.

Maniac Magee book cover
Maniac Magee

Book Review

This is a well-written page-turner that addresses complex topics like racism and loneliness. It does not flinch away from ugliness or sadness, but it also offers moments of almost mythical triumph and faith in humanity. Although it was written several decades ago, it maintains a wide range of appeal.

Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Racism
  • Family Relationships
  • Heroes
  • Standing Up for What's Right
  • Losing a Loved One
  • Survival; Resilience
  • Exceptional Athletes

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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