Maniac Magee Plot Diagram
Updated: 10/9/2020
Maniac Magee Plot Diagram
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Maniac Magee, a novel by Jerry Spinelli, is about Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee, a boy who becomes an orphan when his parents die in a trolley accident. Maniac becomes a legend in Two Mills, a town with an East End for blacks and a West End for whites. Without a place to call home, Maniac bridges racial boundaries with his super athleticism, knot-tying abilities, and overall good character.




Maniac Magee

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Maniac Magee summary and Plot Diagram storyboard

Storyboard Text

  • EXPOSITION
  • RISING ACTION
  • CONFLICT
  • West End
  • East End
  • Jeffrey becomes an orphan, and is forced to live with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan. He can no longer stand living with them, and runs away.
  • CLIMAX
  • What are you doing here?
  • Jeffrey performs many impressive feats and earns the name "Maniac".
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Maniac bounces between East End and West End, trying to find a place to call home.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Welcome home Jeffrey.
  • Maniac blurs the lines between blacks and whites by bringing Mars Bar to the McNab's home.
  • Maniac is disappointed by the behavior in Two Mills and is upset that he can't fix the problems himself; he is alone and unsure about the future.
  • Maniac befriends Mars Bar and moves back to the one place he truly feels at home - with the Beale family.
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