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Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee

by Jerry Spinelli

Prejudice Quotes

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Quote #1

Maniac loved almost everything about his new life.

But everything did not love him back. (15.24-25)

Why is it things that don't love him back here, and not just people? Is there just something about the situation that's not working for him?

Quote #2

He could see these things, but he couldn't see what they meant. He couldn't see that Mars Bar disliked him, maybe even hated him.

When you think about it, it's amazing all the stuff he didn't see." (16.6-7)

For someone so smart and capable, Maniac sure has a hard time seeing what is going on around him. Is it because of how he's grown up, or is there something just different about Maniac?

Quote #3

And some kids don't like a kid who is different.

Such as a kid who is allergic to pizza. (16.10-11)

Is that all it really comes down to—not liking or being afraid of differences? Well, maybe. And we get the sense from the way this is phrased that prejudice is a kid's game. Adults should know better.

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