Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Maniac Magee Paperback – November 1, 1999
|New from||Used from|
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is a story about love, too. Maniac is looking for a family to share love with (he lost his parents in the P & W trolley accident) and all he finds is trouble whether it was ticking off Big John McNabb by bunting a frogball for a four bagger or making Mars Bar Thompson mad by beating him in a race running backwards.
In his search Maniac Magee finds that the Pickwells and the Beales despite their difference in color are just as loving, just as generous, and real families that he would love to live with. He finds Grayson, a grizzled old parkhand who once struck out Willie Mays in the minors who the rest of the world shuns. Maniac teaches Grayson to read and finds temporary happiness until Grayson is pulled from him too.
Maniac finds hatred. He experiences discrimination when the front of the house is chalked up by a bigot. He experiences the hatred and and foolish ideas of George McNabb.
Maniac realizes that bigotry and hatred are learned traits, and he doesn't want to be part of that (maybe because people dislike scraggly orphans, no matter how talented and athletic they may be). Maniac even kissed a buffalo! Don't miss it.