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Tom, known as The Great Brain, is up to his old tricks again, fooling the neighborhood kids into sucker bets, tricking his brother into doing all the chores, blackmailing his adopted brother out of his allowance money, and generally making trouble for the town. But when a few kids nearly lose their lives in one of his pranks, will the shame and fear of death be enough to get the Great Brain to reform his ways?I enjoyed this funny story about the mischievous schemes of Tom and how he drags his br...
All I can say is, I remember the moment when the Great Brain decides he's going to stop his manipulating ways and he tells his friend he feels "different, somehow...clean and warm and Christmasy." I've found myself quoting that quite a few times in my life and usually forgetting from whence it came.
The Great Brain Reforms by John D. Fitzgerald is about a family of boys that like to make money especially Tom. Tom was the oldest and had a very talented brain. One day he decided to make a raft for the river across the street. The raft took tom a wile to built but he built it. Then toms great brain thought it was a good idea if he charged kids to go on the raft. One of the kids tom was taking down the river fell of in the rapids. Tom jumped in to save him and almost died from a bolder. This is...
Even harder to get than The Great Brain at the Academy, unless you want to shell out hundreds of dollars. But still a terrific book. Tom is home for the summer and up to his usual tricks, bilking his friends out of their most prized possessions and their pocket money, too. Finally Tom goes too far. He’s making money rafting his friends down the creek on a homemade raft, when he sees a far-away thunderstorm is threatening a flash flood. Two other boys see it, too, and they want their money back,
Bit less charming than the rest of the books as there's no actual feel-good denouement - though there is a denouement. Tom is home for the summer from the Academy and proceeds to scam every other kid in Adenville out of their treasures. When he puts 6 kids' lives in danger for 30 cents, though, he's gone too far, and his little brother John decides to do something to convince Tom to reform his conniving ways. (view spoiler)[I was amused by the fact that their father didn't think Tom would charge...
I'm reading this series to my kids and its their favorite so far.This is definitely a step down from TGB a the Academy. I think the problem is with the episodic format, where character growth has to reset in order to keep the same basic format.In this book Tom has become fairly one dimensional character - all conniver. Gone is his change of heart at the Academy, and even the soft spot he has previously shown makes no appearance. For the purpose, far as I can tell, of making a point about how you...
3.5 starsMy 11-year-old and I continue to enjoy this series together. This one had a little more bite, a little less innocence, then the previous books. In this book Tom became a little less likable. It will be interesting to see where the next book in the series takes him.
I would love this series reading it by myself, but reading them to my kids makes it that much greater.
I don’t like that kid.
Good readThe Great brain is better than everyone else at every thing so he uses that to his advantage Good Book
These stories are both entertaining and instructive - I am glad my children read them.
We enjoyed another excellent book in the Great Brain series! The kids get a kick out of Tom’s wit and confidence.
Good times. :)
Reading fun for the whole family.
JD’s Trial of the Great Brain at the end of this book is one of the best scenes of the series.
This was a re-read of a childhood favorite.
Another good addition the the Great Brain series. I gave it 4/5 stars because although a good book, it’s not my favorite in the series so far
J.D. sets out to reform his brother who has been swindling all of the local neighborhood kids out of their toys. A good read for the kiddos.
It was sometimes intense compared to the other books - a little more scary and exciting. I liked it about the same as all the other books.
He doesn't actually reform which is great for us
My favorite Great Brain books are the ones where Tom gets a little slap of reality. It’s good fun to see the way he tricks and connives his brothers and friends out of their belongings, but there’s a sort of bittersweet feeling that comes along with it, too. There’s lots of good fun in The Great Brain Reforms, and lots of that bittersweet/aggravated feeling when J.D. continuously falls for his brother’s shenanigans, or Tom sweettalks his way out of trouble. But, as the title promises, there’s al...
"The Great Brain Reforms" By: John D. Fitzgerald, Illustrated By: Mercer Mayer The Great Brain, Tom Fitzgerald, was very smart! He could do anything and usually could come up with answers if he put his mind to it. He lived in Utah back in the days when you could buy a lot of stuff for just 10¢. The author tells you this because he liked to get money to buy stuff. Tom had three brothers, two were his blood brothers John and Sweyn, and one was his adopted brother Frankie. He had a mama and a papa
This is the book that makes the rest of them complete. Only 4 stars because this is not a standalone read, but if you read one or more of the first three Great Brain books, this is the payoff. (The Great Brain at the Academy is fun, but we're talking Adenville issues here.) A lot of the charm of the Great Brain books is the contrast between the naive narration of J.D. and the shady dealings he recounts featuring his older brother, Tom Dennis, aka The Great Brain. It's funny for adults, but I fou...
Another wonderful book in this - my favourite children's series. As I have mentioned in my other reviews I love this series because it has wonderful characters, it is based in reality and does not have to rely on sci fi or fantasy for its thrills and it teaches children as they are entertained. One complaint I have with THIS book in the series is that the Great Brain (Tom) comes across as even more merciless than usual. Yes he often cons children but in this one he seems to be ruthless in how he...
Another set of good adventures in this one, my favorite being the raft Explorer, but you do get a bit fed up with Tom. John points out at one point that Tom has money - he could easily afford to purchase the items he's swindling the other kids for, but won't because he won't pay for something he could get for free through a con, no matter the effect it has on his friends. John also points out that it's his money-loving heart that's the problem, not his great brain. For he comes up with original
We just finished this for homeschool, and the series is still a hit, but Mom is swamped and I don't have time for the chapter breakouts. sorry. maybe next time through.A great book for boys! After being introduced to The Great Brain by a teacher reading it in class, I read this entire series a few times as a middle schooler. The stories are wonderfully funny.One note: the family featured is Catholic, living in a Mormon town. This does not play a large role in the plot or characters. However, par...
Great book! When the Jesuit Priests at the Salt Lake Academy can't reform Tom's swindling ways, Papa and Mama give it a try. Finally, younger brother John D. realizes he must take this burden upon himself. And what a great job he does, assisted by the 14 year old judge; he is pronounced guilty on all counts despite his cunning self-representation in "court." That "judge" is just too smart, having a trial lawyer for a dad. All the kids Tom has swindled get their stuff back, but in the end John D....
The fifth book of the series is more of the same, the conniving Tom, the great brain of the title, using his brain to make money by conning other kids. While it is more of the same the stories are fun for kids with plenty of action and humor. At the end of this one, as the title says, the Great Brain reforms. But with Christmas approaching, we are left wondering if he really reformed or if it was a ruse to get a good Christmas.
Our family is really enjoying this series and we are coming to know John and Tom Fitzgerald very well. Tom (a.k.a The Great Brain) is back home in Adenville, Utah after spending the school year at a Catholic school in Salt Lake. He jumps right back into life as a conniving, scheming terror. After he's threatened with losing the friendship of every boy in the community, will the Great Brain reform?