Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinnelli
reviewed by Lydia
The book Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli is an amazing book about a boy who, as a very little kid, lost his parents in a trolley accident. He then is forced to live with his uncle and aunt who happen to hate each other. Then after several years, when he was preforming in a school play, all of a sudden he ran right out and never came back. The legend is, after a long while, he arrived in a different city on the west side of town.
This would have been fine except that the West End was for "black" people and Maniac was, unfortunately, not black. After he arrived he started living in the Beale's house thanks to Amanda, the daughter of the Beale family that Maniac was so lucky to meet, and stayed there for some time.
He went through many things after that like winning every challenge that came his way, or learning to love reading. However there were also bad things like having Amanda's book ripped, finding out he was allergic to pizza, and later having to leave the perfect home and ending up having to live in the same house as his worst enemy.
In the end, Maniac learns how to bring the East End and West End together once and for all and he does it in the most unexpected way possible! I liked this book because it has a lot of unexpected turns in it that keep it very interesting. I would think that this book could be enjoyed by girls and boys anywhere between ages 8-20 or even older. So don't forget to read Maniac Magee!Posted by at March 5, 2010 02:33 PM