Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

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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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