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Maniac Magee. Reading Guide . Before the Story . What images stand out in your mind from the author’s description? Predict what this novel will be about?. Chapter 1 . What happened to Maniac Magee’s parents and when/where did it happen? Who is Maniac Magee? Who are Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan?

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Maniac Magee

Reading Guide


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Before the Story

  • What images stand out in your mind from the author’s description?

  • Predict what this novel will be about?


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Chapter 1

  • What happened to Maniac Magee’s parents and when/where did it happen?

  • Who is Maniac Magee?

  • Who are Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan?

  • Paraphrase the stage scene and tell why you think Jeffrey did this action.


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Chapter 2

  • In chapter 2 we learn more about the main character, Jeffrey – Maniac Magee. Cite three background facts/character traits and the text evidence to support each


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Chapter 3

  • Who is Amanda Beale? Describe her from what is given in the text of Chapter 3.

  • What does Maniac want from Amanda?

  • Why would he want such a thing?

  • What is Amanda’s reaction to Maniac’s request?


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Chapter 4

  • Who are Brian Denehy and James “Hands” Down?

  • What did Maniac do in Chapter 4?


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Summary

  • Write a summary (3-5 sentences) for Chapter 1-4.

    • In these chapters, what has the story been about?

    • When finished, exchange papers with a table partner for feedback on content and correction of any sentence fragments/run-ons


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Chapter 5

  • Define ‘finsterwallies’. Is this a real word? From where is this word derived?

  • Why might Finsterwald’s place be so frightening?

  • Sequence the events of this chapter.


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Chapter 5 continued

  • There are many comparisons made in this chapter. A comparison using ‘like’ or ‘as’ is called a simile. A comparison whereby the author implies one thing is another is called a metaphor.

    • Find 4 similes and 1 metaphor.

  • Describe the author’s writing style thus far.


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Chapter 6

  • List some interesting vocabulary in this chapter:

  • Describe the Pickwell family

  • Paraphrase what happened in Chapter 6

  • What is the ending mood of Chapter 6?


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Chapter 7

  • Who is John McNab?

  • anxious – using context clues, what might this word mean?

  • Describe the character relationship between John McNab and Magee.

  • What text evidence leads us to believe that Magee felt excited about hitting McNab’s pitch?


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Chapter 8

  • Characterize Jeffrey Magee

  • How did Jeffrey Magee possibly acquire the nickname “Maniac?”

  • What is the tone of the story at the end of Chapter 8? Cite text evidence.


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