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3.00003650634298 out of 53.00003650634298 out of 53.00003650634298 out of 53.00003650634298 out of 53.00003650634298 out of 5 3.00 (54,785 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerry Spinelli Narrator: S. Epatha Merkerson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2001 ISBN: 9780807205976
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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; 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1992 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of the 1993 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award
  • Winner of the 1990 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina Depue | 2/19/2014

    " It was an okay book, but I probably wouldn't have read it if my teacher hadn't made it a requirement to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanjie | 2/17/2014

    " If you ever listen to audiobooks, this one's fantastic! Reader S. Epatha Markerson does an indescribably awesome job! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rawr413 | 2/6/2014

    " My first taste of my favorite author. The plot was genuine and it showed me everything unique that can go in a character. It's still on my shelf, almost falling apart from how many times it's been read and how old it is. The creases in the cover make it that much more special, don't you think? I don't know why, but his allergy to pizza has always stuck with me. Little things remind me of it, then I'll slink back home and read it over again. This book has a high replay value, and I love that about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricky Jordan | 2/2/2014

    " This is a book that young boys should read. It deals with racism and bullying along with Maniac McGee who is the main character. He is a legend but nobody knows anything about him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/24/2014

    " Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli, is a book about a young orphan named Jeffrey Magee. When his parents die in a freak accident, he is sent to live with his unhappy and divided aunt and uncle, and he runs away after eight years with them, unable to stand the tension between them. He runs and runs, all the way to the racially divided town of Two Mills, where he learns of racial discrimination and changes the way everyone in town thinks about it. It is a really good book because of the way that Jerry Spinelli wrote the book; the plot was amazing and the way that Spinelli added in small details was just as skillful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaelroy | 1/16/2014

    " This book is really good. I've read this book over and over again and got the same excitment every time i read this book. Jerry Spenelli really did do excellent on this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony Faber | 1/10/2014

    " Not bad, but too heavy-handedly didactic (yeah, yeah, racism is wrong) snd implausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weston | 1/8/2014

    " Oh God, I haven't read this book in literally forever, but I remember enjoying it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bree | 1/6/2014

    " Dude, I think this is one of the best books ever I also love the WASTSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kobe Green | 12/19/2013

    " This book is so intersting i love every detail about it i enjoyed it all alot.I think this book is recomeneded to every yound teen or young child > "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler Reid | 12/1/2013

    " I thought every part of this book was awful but had a good moral . But that's about it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 6/9/2013

    " This book is very good but some parts are boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Rockefer | 5/15/2013

    " First book I legitimately enjoyed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christi | 5/2/2013

    " 2.5 stars.... it was good the kids loved reading it together "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 4/21/2013

    " It had a great ending that made up for everything bad in the book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Young | 1/27/2013

    " My sister is hosting a book group for future 5th graders -- my first time to sit with five girls, three adults and snacks discussing a book. This was a great one to start with! Very well written and got at a host of ideas to discuss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooklyn K. | 12/29/2012

    " This was a pretty good book! Not my favorite but still good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney C | 10/5/2012

    " Jeffery Lionel Magee is known as Maniac Maggee. After a tragic death of his parents, he is forced to move around in order to find a home to stay in. i really like this book and it was acction packed. their was never a dull moment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 9/1/2012

    " Still perhaps Jerry Spinelli's best work. Love Jeffrey Magee. Love Amanda... Mars Bars..Grayson all are amazing characters! Love the way the story is written in a legend format making Maniac bigger than life... and a bit easier to accept the difficult times in his life without it being just too sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talmage | 7/8/2012

    " I read this when I was in 5th grade (Apparently I learned everything in 5th grade) and I remember giving it a 10 when the teacher asked how we liked it on a scale of 1 - 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grayson | 6/23/2011

    " It was odd reading about a character with my name. the book had a certian flow to it that made it special along with of course the chain of event from begining to end. Id recomend it to any young readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/24/2011

    " Great story. Includes themes of: homelessness, loss, family, racism, baseball, friends. Story of young boy trying to find a place to belong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 5/22/2011

    " It is a good book sad almost through the whole story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/17/2011

    " Well done captivating story about race struggles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eeiko | 5/15/2011

    " Could not get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 5/14/2011

    " Not only is this a well written book, but also a powerful story of how one person can make a difference in even the strangest of ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 5/12/2011

    " My favorite book as a kid! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coyla | 5/7/2011

    " A great book for young adults. I'll be looking for more books by Spinelli. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/4/2011

    " This book has just become one of my all-time favorites. I know it's a children's book, but I somehow I never read it before. Young at heart I guess ! :-) This book is the next one my 5th grader is going to read, and I am eager to discuss it with him and see what he thinks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alev | 5/3/2011

    " Sürekli bir yerden kaçan ve sonunda bir evi olan erkek çocugunun öyküsü. Beyzbol ile de ilgili. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/30/2011

    " I read this book in elementary school and when I found it on the shelf today I decided to pick it up again. I'm enjoying it just as much as an adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/29/2011

    " Great book for 5th grade. Helps students become aware of racial prejudice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 clairebear18 | 4/27/2011

    " so far good i am to read it in school for a novel book with a group. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 4/22/2011

    " This book involved three deaths, which made me cry a bit. But throughout the rest of the book, it is fantastic. Maniac helps the East End (the blacks) get along with the West End (the whites) and vice versa. He is like a hero in which he can be on both sides, or no side at all. "

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About the Author
Author Jerry Spinelli

Jerry Spinelli discovered his calling in 1957 when his high school football team won a big game. The town celebrated and his fellow students raced through the streets, but Jerry sneaked back home and marked the occasion in his own way. He wrote a poem. Later the town newspaper published it. He has been a writer ever since. Married to Eileen Spinelli, who is also a writer, Jerry was for many years an editor for the Chilton Company. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. His immensely popular books include Space Station Seventh Grade, Jason and Marceline, Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush?, and Maniac Magee, which has won more than fifteen state children’s book awards in addition to the Newbery Medal.

About the Narrator

S. Epatha Merkerson plays the role of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the perennial hit series Law & Order. An Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner, Merkerson has won critical acclaim for her brilliant work in theater, television, and film. She is a native of Detroit and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. She lives in New York City.