He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. Maniac Magee took to the streets.
And Maniac Magee became a legend.
Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; about how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer; how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. Little girls jumping rope chant:
He's so cool
Don't go to school
Runs all night
Runs all right
Kissed a bull!"
But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side.
He was special all right, and this is his story, and it's a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth.
Original title: Maniac Magee
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Sports
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Social Issues→ Runaways/troubled Kids