He wasn't born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel 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; how he hit an inside-the-park "frog" homer and how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. Little girls jumping rope chant, "Ma-niac, Ma-niac, he's so cool. Ma-niac, Ma-niac, don't go to school, runs all night, runs all right. Ma-niac, Ma-niac kissed a bull!" 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, and it's a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth.
"Writing that bursts with creativity, enthusiasm, and hope for the future; in short it's a celebration of life."
For Jason and Marceline: "In the equally funny and often earthy sequel to Space Station Seventh Grade the author again does not so much probe the teenage mind as rummage through it, uncovering a collage of small anxieties, the larger joys and bafflements of sex, the need for peer approval and the often well-hidden earmarks of intelligence and decency." -The Horn Book For Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush-: "The characters are so believable you could touch them. The humor flows so naturally you want the story to go on... A superb book. - Voice of Youth Advocate —
Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than thirty immensely popular books for young readers, including Eggs andStargirl; the Newbery Honor Book Wringer; Maniac Magee, winner of more that fifteen state children's book awards, in addition to the Newbery Award; and the picture book I Can Be Anything!
New York Times Bestseller LeUyen Pham has illustrated over sixty books, including Freckleface Strawberry and Big Sister, Little Sister.