Maniac Magee Summary
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee is a young orphan and local legend, fearless and athletic. He experiences periods of homelessness and bounces around from home to home, never losing his edge.
The book discusses racial divides in the fictional town of Two Mills, Pennsylvania. Black people and white people live in segregated parts of town, East End, and West End.
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 racialized prejudice, 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.