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Maniac Magee
1991 Newberry Award
Jerry Spinelli

The definition of maniac is: A person exhibiting extreme symptoms of wild behavior; a madman; a madwoman; nutcase; kook or loony.

Whatever they called him, Jeffrey Lionel Magee, better known as Maniac Magee was to become a legend. He was a runaway and emerged to be thought of as the neatest kid in the whole wide world and exhibited extra-ordinary and unusual athletic abilities.

A wonderful spirited and powerful book about reverse racism and what Maniac did for the kids from the East and West sides.