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Manic Magee

Piece-Maniac is surprised to learn that Grayson cannot read. Explain how Grayson’s illiteracy contributes to the problems in his life and his ability to provide for himself.

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Earl Grayson is a groundskeeper of the local zoo, Earl also takes Jeffery into his home, though it is little more than a shed. Earl has usually lived at the YMCA, but he comes to care for Jeffery on the grounds of the zoo and, in return, Jeffery teaches him to read. Earl was a former minor league baseball pitcher. Earl eventually dies, leaving Jeffery back on his own. Earl's illiteracy has kept him doing menial jobs all his life.