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The Great Brain Book Series:

As a kid, I read these books perceiving Tom as the protagonist and hero. As an adult, one realizes that while Tom is indeed J.

the great brain Unlike Tom Sawyer, these books are written on a fourth or fifth grade reading level and the characters harbor childlike feelings of warmth and trust toward parents and adult figures that are not as prevalent in characters like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

Whenever a trip is taken, the father and boys invariably pull out lunches fixed by the mother, including chocolate cake, home-fried chicken, boiled eggs, sandwiches, pie…and the list goes on.

If reading such passages does not make readers hungry, it may remind them of their own mothers as Fitzgerald shows us that cooking was one way his mother conveyed her love to her children.

Other the great brain of pathos can be found in the books' various descriptions of a frontier pride that avoids asking for desperately needed help or the child whose best efforts are frequently misunderstood by adults. Throughout the books, J.

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the great brain Religion is also a theme in these books—though I was surprised at how much I missed it when I was younger. Perhaps that says something about a young reader and how he or she might interact the great brain the young characters in the book.

Even now when I read these books, it is apparent that the undercurrent of religious differences in Adenville is muted in the eyes of the youthful characters.


The Fitzgeralds are a Catholic family although the mother was raised as a Mormon and worship at a community church except during infrequent visits from a priest. He is friends with both Tom and John as the great brain is too the great brain to be included with the bigger kids.

Seth's father owned a vacant lot, which he allowed the kids to use in exchange for keeping it free of weeds and litter. As there are no baseball diamonds or playgrounds in Adenville, this is the usual site where the kids play baseball, scrub football, or other games such as run sheep run.

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John was given a pig by Seth in exchange for a sought-after toy, only for John's mother to screech she will not have any pig breeding on the Fitzgerald land. Herbie Sties, a fat poet whom Tom sets out to the great brain out of his eating habits.

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Harold Vickers, son of the district attorney. Harold is 16 making him older than the other the great brain. He knows a great deal about the law and plans to the great brain a lawyer when he is older. He is chosen by John to act as the judge at a trial for Tom set in the Fitzgerald barn.

During the trial, Tom is charged with being a confidence man, swindler, and a crook by all of the kids in Adenville who were victims of Tom and his Great Brain.


As this the great brain occurred soon after the disastrous river rafting, Tom is also accused of being negligent toward Jimmy Peterson and Howard Kay. Marie Vinson, daughter of the Vinsons, a prominent family in Adenville.

Sweyn is sweet on Marie, much to John and Tom's chagrin.


John refers to her as "that stuck-up Marie Vinson".