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And he's only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a. the Great Brain, is a silvertongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When several boys from school get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. When Mr. Standish, the new schoolteacher, turns out to be the meanest thing on two legs, everyone knows that he'll regret the day he faced the Great Brain. Whether it's saving the kids at school or helping out Pegleg Andy or the new kid at school, Basil, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top -- and...
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And he's only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a. the Great Brain, is a silvertongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When several boys from school get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. When Mr. Standish, the new schoolteacher, turns out to be the meanest thing on two legs, everyone knows that he'll regret the day he faced the Great Brain. Whether it's saving the kids at school or helping out Pegleg Andy or the new kid at school, Basil, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top -- and lines his pockets in the process.

The shrewdest con artist west of the Mississippi during the early 1900s was 10-year-old Tom Fitzgerald, alias "The Great Brain." The stories of his exploits and schemes are told by his younger brother J.D. "A lively, funny . . . touching book written with flair."--Saturday Review. Ages 9-12.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440801955
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1990

Meet the Author

John D. Fitzgerald is the author of seven Great Brain books. He died in Florida, his home of many years, at the age of eighty-one. Mercer Mayer lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Magic Water Closet 1
Chapter 2 Revenge Can Be Sour 25
Chapter 3 The Great Brain Saves the Day 43
Chapter 4 Abie Glassman Finds a Home 68
Chapter 5 Greek Immigrant 79
Chapter 6 A Wreath for Abie 102
Chapter 7 The New Teacher 116
Chapter 8 The Great Brain's Reformation 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    great family reading

    Dad enjoys reading this book aloud at night to the kids. They can't wait to get into pj's for the nightly ritual. All reading levels in the family enjoy listening to the exciting adventures of T.D.(Tom), and J.D. (younger brother John). We have read three of the sequels. They don't want to have dad stop at the end of each chapter. 'Keep reading!'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    A great read for kids.

    My 11 year old daughter and I enjoyed this book together. I think I liked it more than her, but still, she enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Wonderful Series for 3 decades!!!

    I remember reading The Great Brain series when I was a kid, back in the late 1970s. I loved them then, and I am so glad that they are still in print today. I can't wait for my son to be old enough to start reading them himself, and hopefully enjoy them as much as his mom did!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Great Series!!!

    The Great Brain series is a terrific read for children and adults! So entertaining! I have read the entire series and would recommend it highly to all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    A great boys book that holds their interest and teaches them to

    A great boys book that holds their interest and teaches them to think about problems, social issues and their life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Loved it then; love it now

    This was read to my fifth grade class in 1969... I decided my fifth graders would love it as much as I did, and they do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Delightful book for all ages!

    John Fitzgerald paints a wonderful picture of life in a Utah town and the boy who keeps things lively with his clever ideas and adventurous nature. This very entertaining book kept pulled me into its pages as much with the recent reading as it had when I read the series years ago. This would also be a great book for family reading time.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    An addicting series! Great for 4th through 9th graders.

    I am a 4th grade teacher, and have read 'The Great Brain' and 'More Adventures of the Great Brain' to my class for the past several years. As a result of this, whenever the older grades in our school have library, they snatch up any book in this series they can get their hands on. They then proceed to read them - over and over again - until they fall apart. This phenomena has been hard on our school librarian. The later books in the series are difficult to replace, and she's been asked "Which book comes next in 'The Great Brain' series?" so many times, that she finally made a laminated poster that lists 'The Great Brain' books in order. I'm pretty sure she's going to key my car any day now.

    The story takes place in a small Utah town in the 1890s. It is told through the eyes of the "Great Brain's" 7 year-old brother, John D., who is awe struck at his 10 year-old sibling's genius. John D.'s hero worship of Tom (a.k.a. The Great Brain) is touching and provides some of the book's funniest moments.

    The Great Brain is a bit of a complicated character. He hates seeing people treated unfairly, will always defend the underdog, and helps his uncle, the town's sheriff, uphold and defend the law, by solving crimes & mysteries with his 'great brain' that have stumped the grown-ups. However, he is far from perfect. His money-loving heart makes him completely unscrupulous when faced with a financial matter. He has made many an enemy by using his 'great brain' to turn a profit and by lording his intelligence over others.

    The boys' long-suffering papa knows what his intelligent son is capable of, and he is hilariously paranoid that his son is the cause of anything unusual that happens in town.

    The illustrations (done by Mercer Mayer, best known for the 'Little Critter' and 'Little Monster' books) are delightful and remarkably detailed.

    I realize how popular fantasy books are with today's children (the Harry Potter Generation), and this book is definitely not a fantasy. However, once your kids (or students) get to know John D. and Tom D. and his great brain, they'll forget all about flying dragons and magic school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    Great

    I'm a fifth grader and our class read this book. It was a great book and it always left you hanging. I would recommended this to everyone who likes adventure books. It's an awesome book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Love this book!! Its a classic to me!!

    I just loved this book as a kid. Now I am getting to pass it along to my 2 nephews. As well as my best friend who is mother of 3 boys wants to get it for her sons as well. Just a classic book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2007

    the great brain

    THE GREAT BRAIN is awesome!I have read THE GREAT BRAIN.It is great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    sWEET

    THIS BOOK ISSO COOL I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN READ IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    the brain

    i love all brain books but this one is by far the best one . well thats all i realy can say.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    A treasure find for readers, youngsters and old timers!

    This was one of my favorite books to read when I was kid. Read it several times overs. I never knew there were a series of books until recently. Think I like it better that way. Hats off too Mr. Fitzgeraid for a story never to grow old in this mans life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    It is AWSOME!!!

    It was a really cool book.It has action,mystery,drama,and comedy. It is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Best Childrens Book

    It was a funny book. The story never got old and it is so realistic. I think The Great Brain may be the best childrens book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    The Great Brain reads just as fun now as it did when I was a kid!

    When I was a kid my grade school teach introduced me to the Great Brain book's and turned me into a lover of them. I read the book's many times over as a kid and now that Im an adult I have read them again and I must say, they are just as fun to read. I can't wait to share these wonderful book's with my nephew. There's nothing like feeling like a child again and by reading these books it's just so!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    All-time favorite for our entire family!

    My husband and I both loved the Great Brain when we were kids and we really enjoyed re-reading this, along with its sequels. Our 7-year old son is the newest Great Brain fan, and even our 5-year old daughter listened to it read aloud. My son loved T.D.'s schemes and loved to shake his head at J.D. and the rest of the kids falling for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    Fantastic book for kids!!

    I read this series of books over and over as a child and never tired of them. I cannot wait for my son to learn to read so I can introduce him to John and Tom and their adventures! I would especially recommend them for reading aloud to children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    a reviewer

    I used this book for one of my book report. It was great,but at times it get really boring and it could also get really entertaining. This book could've been the best book if it was entertaining all the time.Buy this book I recommend it!

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