BY JOHN D. FITZGERALD
The Great Brain is a series of children’s books by American author John Dennis Fitzgerald (1906–1988). Set in the small town of Adenville, Utah between 1896 and 1898, the stories are loosely based on Fitzgerald’s childhood experiences. Chronicled by the first-person voice of John Dennis Fitzgerald, the stories mainly center on the escapades of John’s mischievous older brother, Tom Dennis Fitzgerald, a.k.a. “The Great Brain”.
John Dennis “J.D.” Fitzgerald is the narrator of the series and the youngest of three brothers. Thomas “Tom” Dennis “T.D.” Fitzgerald Jr. is the mischievous middle brother and swindler extraordinaire. His nickname is “The Great Brain”, and his escapades form the basis for the series. Throughout the series, Tom demonstrates that he possesses great intelligence and a money-loving heart, but at times, he also demonstrates great humanity and generosity.
Fitzgerald’s books describe many issues regarding society and life in the context of the late 19th century, between 1896 and 1898 in the southwestern United States, particularly the small-town culture of long ago.
The Great Brain is a series of eight books suitable for older children and young adults.
Ages 8-10 Grades 3-7 First published in 1967