When maniac was 3 his parents died on the trolley trestle, he was forced to be an orphan and go live with his aunt dot and uncle dan
Maniac didn't like it that much he had set dinners and things with each other on different days because aunt dot and uncle Dan grew to dislike each other.
When Maniac magee was doing a choir thing his uncle and aunt were fighting and it made Jeffery run away mad and sad.
When maniac got to town the first person he talked to was Amanda beale, she lent him a book. A page was ripped out by mars bar before he returned it.
since Amanda wasn't to happy about the book maniac offers to fix it and Amanda and him go to her house to fix it. Maniac stays for dinner, when it is time for him to leave he lies about his house and stays with the beales
At Piper and Russell's party he gave them a compass and then he went he was asked a question by someones mom.