In 1991 Jerry Spinelli won the Newbery Medal for Maniac Magee. I read Maniac Magee back when I was an undergraduate in college. I remember enjoying the book, but I couldn't really remember much about it. So, I decided to re-read it. What a jewel! Maniac is just a simple boy that makes a BIG difference in a racial divided town just because he knows that it does not matter what you look like, what you have or even what you can do. It matters who you are.
The story is well told, has a deep message, but it is mostly just fun to join Maniac in his unconventional ways of living life. Why don't you join Maniac?