Maniac Magee Summary

In Maniac Magee, Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee becomes a kind of legend. He bounces around from home to home, observing that there are more similarities than differences between most families, despite the racial divisions in this society.

  • In his youth, the previously homeless Maniac Magee goes to live with the Beales, a black family victimized by racial attacks.

  • After being forced to leave the Beales's house because of said attacks, Maniac is taken in by Grayson, a former baseball player. Grayson soon dies, though, and Maniac is forced to fend for himself in Valley Forge.

  • Maniac later goes to live with a white family near Two Mills, where he observes that most families—black or white—have more things in common than not.


Maniac Magee is a very funny, sometimes touching, story of Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, a young man who is a legend in his youth. He...

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