Book Review: “Maniac Magee”

Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Maniac Magee is a folk story about a boy, a very excitable boy. One that can outrun dogs, hit a home run off the best pitcher in the neighborhood, tie a knot no one can undo. “Kid’s gotta be a maniac,” is what the folks in Two Mills say. It’s also the story of how this boy, Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee, confronts racism in a small town, tries to find a home where there is none and attempts to soothe tensions between rival factions on the tough side of town. Presented as a folk tale, it’s the stuff of storytelling. “The history of a kid,” says Jerry Spinelli, “is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball.” And for this kid, four parts of fun.

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Quick Thoughts: “Monster”

“Monster” by Walter Dean Myers

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

FADE IN: INTERIOR: Early morning in CELL BLOCK D, MANHATTAN DETENTION CENTER.

Steve (Voice-Over) Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady prosecutor called me … Monster.

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In My Mailbox (June 19-25)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store.

Bought:
Great Expectations (Kindle Edition) by Charles Dickens [I’m a sucker for public domain books]

Library:

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence

Both books are for school.

What did you pick up this week?