He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee,b ut when his parents died, his life changed and so did his name.
Even today kids talk about how fast he could run, about how he hit an inside-the-park “frog” homer, and about how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it.
But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West side. He was special all right, and this is his story, one that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli