Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September Grades 5-6 Book Club: Maniac Magee

For September's Book Club, we read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.  We based our discussion on questions from

Would Jeffrey have become a legend if his parents had lived? Can legends have parents, or do they have to be orphans? (Think about superheroes—do any of them have living parents?)

-He might not have run away because he would probably have been happy with his parents
-Percius (the Greek myth) has parents
-Harry Potter
-Katniss (single parent)
-Anne of Green Gables
-Secret Garden character
-Series of Unfortunate Events kids


Does Maniac do the right thing in refusing to go to school?

-I think he should have gone to school because he could use some education
-He used other people's books to learn
-He could have learned about stuff about the outside world, like in Social Studies

What would have happened if Grayson had lived?
-They would have lived in the bandshell for a long time and Maniac would have been happier if Grayson had lived
-He would have gotten more butterscotch Krimpets
-Grayson and Maniac were good for each other
-Maniac taught Grayson to read
-Grayson's death made Maniac really sad 

How is Mars Bar different from Big John?
-They are of different races
-Mars Bar is a bully on his own. Big John is more of a leader of a gang.
-Big John accepted Maniac first

Do you think Maniac stays put with the Beales? What happens to him next?
-I think that he stays with the Beales for some time but he sometimes might go back to the buffalo pen
-I think he stays with the Beales but I think he'll have trouble staying with them
-He might go back to the bandshell
-It's up to him what he does next. He's pretty independent.

How would Maniac's story have been different if he were black, instead of white?
-The East and the West would be switched
-It would have been easier for him to stay with the Beales.

What do you think happens to Piper and Russell in the future: do they turn out like their dad?

-I think they might end up in Mexico
-I think that they won't end up like their dad because Mars Bar helps them out
-They hopefully won't end up like their dad
-One of them might start a charity for something and the other might start a business


What do you think Two Mills is like today? Still segregated?
-I think it would not be segregated anymore
-It's called the law. They can't segregate.

Rated from 1-5 


Favorite/least favorite parts of Book

-It was just "meh."
-I liked the running.
-I didn't like when Maniac took Mars Bar to the twins' party and it made Mars Bar feel really awkward.
-I didn't really understand the game that the boys played that got them to the top of the railroad.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. in order to discuss The Candymakers by Wendy Mass.

Copies of the next month's book can be picked up at the Circulation Desk a few days after the previous month's discussion. Please be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to purchase!

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