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Why does everyone call Jeffrey "Maniac" in the book Maniac Magee?

Everyone calls Jeffrey “Maniac” in the book Maniac Magee because it is a nickname that has stuck. He was given the nickname due to his talent as a runner and the unconventional way in which he lives his life.

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Jeffery Lionel Magee earns the nickname Maniac Magee because of his unconventional, reckless lifestyle and memorable accomplishments, which have become legendary in the racially divided town of Two Mills, Pennsylvania. After Jeffery's parents died in a tragic trolley accident, he was sent to live with his confrontational Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Eventually, Jeffrey could not endure any more of their arguing and ran away to Two Mills, which was two hundred miles away. Once Jeffrey arrived in Two Mills, he began performing legendary athletic feats that astonished his peers. On the first day that Jeffrey arrived in Two Mills, he made a miraculous one-handed catch during an eleventh-grade gym class and ran off the field before anyone could identify him.

Later on, Jeffrey climbed over the frightening Finsterwald fence to save Arnold Jones. Jeffrey then appeared at the Little League field and proceeded to hit four home runs in a row off the best pitcher in town,...

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