What did Maniac call Grayson's place in Maniac Magee?

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Technically, Grayson lives in a dormitory-style room at the YMCA, but the important place associated with him and Maniac in the story is a baseball equipment room.

At first, Maniac does what Grayson does, calling this room "the band shell," but after it becomes a true home for both the...

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Technically, Grayson lives in a dormitory-style room at the YMCA, but the important place associated with him and Maniac in the story is a baseball equipment room.

At first, Maniac does what Grayson does, calling this room "the band shell," but after it becomes a true home for both the boy and his friend, Maniac paints the number 101 on the outside of the door and starts calling the place "101 Band Shell Boulevard," as if it were a real address and a real home.

For all intents and purposes, it is! Maniac lives, sleeps, and eats there, and spends time laughing with Grayson and listening to his stories. It's where Maniac teaches Grayson to read, and where they celebrate their Thanksgiving and Christmas together.

Having a real address is important to Maniac, who is essentially homeless throughout the story. When he lived with Amanda and her family at 728 Sycamore Street, Maniac loved this address and loved associating himself with it. The first night he spent at that home, he didn't go to sleep until he had gotten up to peek outside at the numbers on the door, satisfied in the knowledge that he was living in a real home with an official address.

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