From the Publisher: 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. 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. 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
November 6, 2020 Subject:
Good but hard read
This book is quality literature for kids and it deals with some important themes and does it gracefully. Maniac is an orphan, experiences homelessness, and learns difficult lessons about racism and the misunderstands people have with those who are different from themselves. And there is action, fun, and lots to keep kids entertained. But... I recently began reading this book with my urban California 5th graders and found them completely lost during the chapter long baseball anecdotes and other aging idiomatic passages. I'm not sure I will assign this one again because of that reason. My kids are getting restless.