In Maniac Magee, why are Maniac and Amanda drawn to each other as friends?

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You can find the answer to this question very early on in the book.  It comes right at the beginning of Chapter 3.

The reason that the two of them are drawn together as friends is that they both have a love for books.  This is not something that we know about Jeffrey (who later comes to be called Maniac) at this point in the book.  But...

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