In Maniac MaGee, why does Maniac feel he has to leave the Beale family?
Maniac enjoys the love and stability of the Beale household. It is the closest thing to a traditional family environment that he has had in his life, and he thrives while he lives there. However, as a white man in a black family and black neighborhood, Maniac is resented by the Beale's neighbors. When grafitti appears on the house and opposing gangs start to cause trouble, Maniac feels he must leave.
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