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Book Title           Maniac Magee
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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.

Acceptable grade levels: upper elementary, middle school

Classification: Historical Fiction 

 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.

Questions/ Activities

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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