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Maniac Magee
Read by S. Epatha Merkerson
Written by Jerry Spinelli

A Newbery Medal winning modern classic about a racially divided small town and a boy who runs.

Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

"It was the first exposure I ever had to concepts of racism, poverty, adults who couldn't read, and homelessness. It had a profound impact on me at an early age and many years later I just reread it with delight."

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