Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Manic Magee crosses two heady themes, homelessness and racism. Manic Magee is an orphaned boy who is extremely fast and seems to be oblivious to the racism plaguing his new town. The story takes place in a fictional town in Pennsylvania where the East and West End is divided by Hector Street and race. A great middle grade book for all! It is interesting (typical school aged antics) while making age appropriate themes on topics sometimes hard to make digestible for children.