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The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald    (Continued)

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Fitzgerald focuses the books on the exploits of his older brother Tom, who uses his “Great Brain” to swindle various children and townsfolk out of everything they own. Tom usually ends up in trouble for his shenanigans, although sometimes he puts his powers of intellect to good use to stop outlaws and other sinister characters.

Fitzgerald’s brother is reminiscent of another Tom in American literature, Tom Sawyer. The Great Brain books have the same pace and feel as Mark Twain’s famous story. Like Twain, Fitzgerald seems to capture the ups and downs of childhood perfectly. And of course, there is plenty of humor for both young and old, making it a great book to read aloud to children.

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