by Jerry Spinelli
He wasn’t always known as Maniac Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today, kids talk about how fast he could run and how he hit an inside-the-park “frog” homer, but the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East End and for those from the West End. He was special all right, and this is his story.