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Maniac Magee
Jerry Spinelli

This young adult novel set in a small town in Pennsylvania explores themes such as racism, loss, inequality and homelessness. Jeffrey Magee is a young, homeless drifter and ends up in Two Mills, a town that is strictly divided into a white and a black community. Jeffrey visits both communities, experiences racial tensions and tries to bring the town’s people closer together.

As this novel is used for educational purposes a variety of teaching materials, guides and unites are available on the internet. The novel is suitable for interdisciplinary teaching with subjects such as History or Ethics.

· · 1990

Critical edition

Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee. Little, Brown and Company, 1999. 192 pp., ISBN 9780316809061

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Democratic and political education
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Silenced voices
  • Students can identify with the text

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