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Publisher's Summary

He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; about how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.
©1960,1961 Sheila Burnford (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Pulbishing Group, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Newbery Medal Winner, 1991
"Half tall tale, half novel, Jerry Spinelli's Newbery Award winner is beautifully narrated by film and television actress S. Epatha Merkerson." (School Library Journal)
"A humorous yet poignant tall tale." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-15-11

Maniac Magee is a great book

My child had to read this for school. We as a family thought it would be good to listen to it together as he read along with the book. I am so glad we did. The story is about compassion for people no matter the
color or station in life. It is about love. One of the best books I have read.
Even my husband loved it. We were all in tears at the end of the book.
The narrator is the best. She did each voice perfectly. She was especially good with the children's voices.
I hope audible will ask Merkerson to read more children's books and I do believe she is gifted reader.
Even my son was taken aback by how well she read.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 03-05-12

Excellent Middle School Story

If you could sum up Maniac Magee in three words, what would they be?

Life lessons abound

What other book might you compare Maniac Magee to and why?


Have you listened to any of S. Epatha Merkerson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It would make me cry because all Jeffery wants is a home and he is so close so many times only to lose it again and again.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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