- Spinelli, Jerry. (1990). Maniac Magee. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
- Creech, Sharon. (1994). Walk two moons. New York: HarperTrophy.
Awards for Maniac Magee: Delaware Diamonds, 1994; John Newbery Medal, 1991; ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1991; Charlotte Award, 1992; Parents’ Choice Award, 1990; and Parents’ Choice Award, 2003.
Awards for Walk Two Moons: Children’s Book Award, 1995; John Newbery Medal, 1995; Sequoyah Book Award, 1997; Virginia Young Readers Program, 1997; ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1995; Heartland Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 1997; Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, 1997; Parents’ Choice Award, 1997; Parents’ Choice Award, 2003; and Mind Boggling Books Award, 1996.
Book Review #1:
Spinelli, Jerry. (1990). Maniac Magee. New York: Little, Brown and Company
Legend has it, a boy known far and wide as Maniac Magee ran into the fictional and racially divided town of Two Mills one day and his actions – as overexaggerated, mythical or true as they may be – changed that town, and some of the occupants in it, for the better. Although Maniac’s heroic endeavors, like untying the knot in Cobbler’s Corner, will forever live on as one part fact, one part fiction and two parts myth, Jeffrey Lionel Magee is a real boy who runs away from a house in search of a home, jogging blindly between fact and fiction, black and white, and hate and love as he searches for a family to call his own. Winner of the 1991 Newbery Medal, this novel is written in an informal tone with a lively third-person narrator that confides to the reader about the legendary antics of the new kid in town. However, this omniscient narrator also gives an inside look into Jeffrey’s complex questions and realistic confrontations with the heavy subject of race, racism and hate, paired with acceptance, friendship and familial love, which makes it a must-read for children and adults alike. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Horning, K. (2010). From cover to cover: Evaluating and reviewing children’s books (Rev. ed.). New York: Collins.