The Great Brain Reforms

The Great Brain Reforms

The year is 1898, and the best con man in Adenville, Utah, is the infamous twelve-year-old Tom Fitzgerald, "The Great Brain." A year at the Catholic Academy for Boys certainly hasn't dulled Tom's love for money—he's no sooner off the train than he begins scamming his own brother! By the end of his summer break, Tom has tricked all of his friends out of everything they own....

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Title:The Great Brain Reforms
Author:John D. Fitzgerald
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The Great Brain Reforms Reviews

  • Benb

    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

    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 a good action adventure story and is hard to put down. I recommend this book to others.

  • Julie

    I would love this series reading it by myself, but reading them to my kids makes it that much greater.

  • Heather Culley

    I don’t like that kid.

  • Dylan Tyson

    The Great brain is better than everyone else at every thing so he uses that to his advantage Good Book

  • Rachael Clarke

    The Great Brain series is one of the greatest of all time. Tom Dennis is a mischievous young man, who has a self- described “great” brain. He uses it for good and... well, maybe not evil, but certainly for mischief, but most importantly, for money making. Every day Tom has a new scheme to help his great brain take care of his money loving heart. In this book, Tom makes a bet with his brother Sweyn that he can catch a bigger fish on their fishing trip, even though Sweyn has a better fishing pole.

    The Great Brain series is one of the greatest of all time. Tom Dennis is a mischievous young man, who has a self- described “great” brain. He uses it for good and... well, maybe not evil, but certainly for mischief, but most importantly, for money making. Every day Tom has a new scheme to help his great brain take care of his money loving heart. In this book, Tom makes a bet with his brother Sweyn that he can catch a bigger fish on their fishing trip, even though Sweyn has a better fishing pole. Tom never bets unless it’s a sure thing, so of course he uses his great brain to catch a big fish with an old pole. He also makes a raft, and takes his friends on river rafting adventures down the town’s river, for a fee of course. Unfortunately all good must end, as Tom learns at the disastrous ending of this story.

    I absolutely love The Great Brain series. They made me happy as a kid and they make me happy as an adult. They are written as short stories about Tom’s boyhood, and then compiled into a book as chapters. The writing is simple but well done and they are easy fun reads. I think everyone should read this series.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    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

    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 brothers along for the ride. He definitely reminds me of Tom Sawyer, only he's WORSE!

    The wholesome atmosphere of the old town and the simple quiet people who live there, are stirred up by the wild and crazy scenarios that Tom cooks up. There is never a dull moment!

    The characters are hilarious, and I loved reading how different people react to Tom's cunning. Sometimes there are serious consequences to Tom's shenanigans, but he always manages to come out on top.

    I would recommend this book to anyone ages 7-15.

  • Elizabeth

    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

    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 also moments where Tom realizes that he’s taken things too far.

    The Great Brain has had times in previous books where his schemes have failed him. There’s the moment in More Adventures of the Great Brain where Tom insults the town through his newspaper, and later cries alone in the barn. In The Great Brain at the Academy, Tom is put in his place several times by the priests at school. In The Great Brain Reforms, two whole chapters are dedicated to Tom’s downfall.

    Fitzgerald illustrates in this book, to an extent that he never reaches in the previous books, the cost of Tom’s greed, and once again shows the difference between Tom using his brain to help others and Tom using his brain to fill his wallet. Tom is faced with what his actions have cost him—the loss of his friends, the disappointment of his family, and a terrible reputation.

    There’s a lot of nuance in this book, and a lot of buildup—Tom slowly gets more and more reckless and greedy in his endeavors. He’s at his most outrageous in this book—and yet, there are moments when normal, brotherly Tom shines through. The ending is inevitable, and there’s a sense of satisfaction to it, even as J.D. reminds us that Tom is the Great Brain, after all, and he’s not likely to reform for long.

    The Great Brain Reforms has many aggravating Tom moments, but Fitzgerald is much harsher on Tom in this book than in previous books, as fits the results of his conniving. Tom at last comes face-to-face with the results of his own greed, and it’s satisfying even as the reader feels slightly sorry for Tom. I’d say this is one of the best Great Brain books in terms of displaying consequences, and also in terms of showcasing the difference between when Tom helps people and when he’s just being greedy.

  • Erneilson

    These stories are both entertaining and instructive - I am glad my children read them.

  • Holli

    We enjoyed another excellent book in the Great Brain series! The kids get a kick out of Tom’s wit and confidence.

  • Matt

    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.

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