Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli is a great book. It has short chapters and moves at a fast pace. The students love this book. I recommend previewing because there are some sad parts and some mature content.
I give the students this literature review as we begin finishing the book. The first page has a space for students to rate the book, write their opinion and whether or not they would recommend this book to others. I encourage them to explain why. The second page has space for students to write a concise summary of the book and the main idea or author’s purpose.