Jeffrey Lionel Magee had a difficult life. When he was three-years-old the P & W trolley crashed into the river killing both of his mom and dad. When this happened he moved in with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan who should be divorced but are strict catholic and will not break up,even though... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Jeffrey Lionel Magee had a difficult life. When he was three-years-old the P & W trolley crashed into the river killing both of his mom and dad. When this happened he moved in with his Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan who should be divorced but are strict catholic and will not break up,even though they never talk to each other or share. When Jeffrey was 11 he ran away, and found himself in Two Mills, PA.
That day in Two Mills at the East End he ran into a girl named Amanda Beale who was lugging around books in a wagon and Jeffrey asked to borrow one and she let him. That after noon Jeffrey caught an interception from football star James " Hands " Down. He also saved an unlucky kid from the Finsterwald's backyard and hit home runs off the best little league baseball player John McNabb. These stunts made him the nickname maniac. Maniac runs in to a bully named Mars Bars who rips a page out of Amanda's book. She shows up letting Maniac stay with her at her house her. There he meets Hester and Lester, Amanada's younger brother and sister. Some East Enders are mad at Maniac and want him to leave by putting graffit on the Beale's garage door. Then Maniac conquired the Cobbles knot, which is a knot that if you untie it you will get a years supply of pizza. When he finished everyone threws confetti then Amanada realized it was shreds of her books that Hester and Lester got to, then Maniac ran away because he did not what to cause the Beales trouble with the garage door and Amanada's books.
Maniac slept at the zoo with the buffalos. Where he meets an old man named Grayson and they become instant friends. Grayson was a minor league baseball player and Maniac made a bet that if he thought Grayson to read he had to teacch Maniac baseball. The two of them had Christmas together and Maniac got Grayson's baseball glove. Later, Grayson died in his sleep. Maniac starts to run again.
Maniac runs into two little boys running away to Mexico. The boys, Piper and Russell happen to be John McNabb's brothers and Maniac bribes them with pizza from Cobbles Corner for them to go back home and go to school. After that Maniac started to live with the McNabbs who live in the West End. Then Maniac realized the McNabbs were making bunkers because they thought the East End was going to have a rebellion. Later, Piper and Russell start to misbehave and the hope to keep them in school is lost. Maniac shows up in the East End and races Mars Bars Thompson and beats him backwards. By this time Maniac moved out of the McNabbs and every morning he ran for miles and Mars Bars started to join him, but they never spoke a word to each other. One day when they were running they ran into Piper who led them to Russell stuck on the P & W trestle where Maniacs parents died, so Maniac walked away. Mars Bars went up there and saved the day. Later at night Mars Bars came to the zoo with Amanada into the buffalo pen and they offered to let him live at their house and Maniac excepted Amanda's invite but not Mars Bars. Finally, Maniac had a home again.
“And if you want to know what it was like back when Maniac Magee roamed these parts, well, just run your hand under your movie seat and be very, very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth”
“He kept looking and looking, and the colors he found were gingersnap and light fudge and dark fudge and acorn and butter rum and cinnamon and burnt orange”
“He juked and jived and spun and danced and darted, and he left them squeezing handfuls of air”
“If you listen to everybody who claims to have seen Jeffrey-Maniac Magee that first day, there must have been ten thousand people and a parade of fire trucks waiting for him at the town limits”
“The history of a kid is one part fact, two parts legend, and three parts snowball”
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