Book Title Maniac Magee
Author Jerry Spinelli Illustrator
This title fits these categories:
Racial awareness and variety: Shows diverse people living their lives in realistic ways.
Racial pride: Provides strong, positive role model for diverse children
Racial issue: Shows historical or contemporary inequality based on race.
Activist: Shows ways we can make a difference.
Concepts/ Topics covered in book:
The main character is a young run away homeless white boy who finds friendship in the black community with a warm loving black family during the Depression. The book deals with poverty and racism.
Why did Maniac Magee leave the West End? Who are the victims, bystanders, and allies in this story? Do the characters change any of these roles over time?
For a detailed review and more discussion ideas: http://www.carolhurst.com/titles/maniacmagee.html
Challenging prejudices: http://www.classzone.com/novelguides/litcons/maniac/guide.cfm
Read aloud activities: http://www.eduplace.com/tview/tviews/m/maniacmagee.html
Comments: Newberry Award
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