More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, #2) by John D. Fitzgerald

More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, #2)

Has Tom Jenkins, a.k.a. the Great Brain, given up his con-artist ways for a bicycle?  Not for long.  Soon the Great Brain is back to his old tricks, swindling and trading, even convincing the whole town there's a prehistoric monster on the loose.  But when someone robs the bank, even the police are stumped.  Can the Great Brain solve the crime and put the crooks behind bars?


Details More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, #2)

TitleMore Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, #2)
ISBN9780142400654
Author
Release DateFeb 9th, 2004
PublisherPuffin Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Childrens, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
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Reviews More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, #2)

  • Heather
    1970-01-01
    Again, lots of laughs or tears, depending on the chapter. Lots of boyness. And lots of crazy exploits from Tom. There is a ghost story in this one that worried the littler boys, but all ended well. And there was a KISS. Oh, the horror!!!!My sons would tell me the 'moral of the story' or explain why what Tom did was wrong so I wasn't too worried about them becoming little hoodlums after reading this.
  • Richard
    1970-01-01
    So happy to be rediscovering this seemingly forgotten series set in a fictional Utah pioneer town at the end of the 19th century. While Tom, the middle child Great Brain, is bound to appeal to upper grade elementary school children, the sweet nature of this particular book reminded me why adults will also love the series. The transformation of Britches Dotty, a motherless girl, uneducated and raised to dress like a boy, was the sweetest story in ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Highly entertaining. Full review here: http://www.sunlitpages.com/2017/05/th...
  • LobsterQuadrille
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars Personally, I didn't find this book as enjoyable as the first. It's a little milder and a little more predictable. But the familiar, lovable characters are still there, and Tom's "great brain" continues to get him into sticky situations. I really liked the subplots of Britches Dotty and Old Butch's Funeral; they were pretty creative, and added warmth to the story. But aside from those stories, the book felt a bit dry to me. But it's sti...
  • Shane
    1970-01-01
    This was a bit less edgy than the first book in the series - in that book, the narrator tried his best to help his friend commit suicide after his friend lost the bottom half of his leg, because his friend felt worthless.Regardless, "The Great Brain" remains a rather interesting character as is more complex than most in children's literature in that he's both 'halos and horns,' and there are times when he's quite irritating in his con-artist glor...
  • Scott
    1970-01-01
    I've probably read this entire series over 50 times in my life so the 5 star rating should come as no surprise.The characters are amazing, the storytelling is unsurpassed, every chapter tells a new story of "The Great Brain"...The Ghost of Silverlode, Britches Dotty, Tom scooping Papa's newspaper and the list goes on.In my opinion any and all of the Great Brain books are the peak of children's literature. I've read them to my kids, my wife loves ...
  • Rachael
    1970-01-01
    If my memory serves me well, all of these Great Brain books are fun and interesting, but I was pleasantly surprised that some of the adventures and schemes in this book involved helping people out. The Great Brain helps a girl learn to read, and rescues his family when their dad gets them lost in the mountains. There are a couple classic mischief stories too. This is good fun for kids and grownups alike.
  • Afton Nelson
    1970-01-01
    My boys can't get enough of these books. They even have started accusing each other of having a "great brain" when they feel one is trying to take unfair advantage or "swindle" the other. Lots of fun stories about boys being boys in a day when you could explore and have adventures, as long as you got your chores done first and were home by dinner.
  • Hannah Clark
    1970-01-01
    I love these great brain stories. They are really funny, and yet have some really sweet moments. My six year old and I read this one together after reading The Great Brain and loved it just as much. Our favorite part was the ghost town. Oh, and the funeral for the dog. Great books!
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    We loved this book just as much as the first! Surprising because we usually like one better than the other but both the 1st and 2nd book were so engaging and the reader Ron McLarty does a fantastic job. Listened to this while taking Auntay home...krb 3/13/17
  • Bryce
    1970-01-01
    All of the Great Brain books are charming, delightful stories to read to your kids. Very cleverly thought out and written. Fun reads.
  • Josiah
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was an amazing book! I love how funny and intriguing it is. This book seems to suck you into reading more and more. I recommend this for everyone who loves funny books!
  • Amy Koons
    1970-01-01
    This series is quickly becoming our family’s favorite kids’ read aloud. It has kept us all in stitches.
  • Rebecca Hill
    1970-01-01
    The Great Brain strikes again... If you need an awesome kids read, this is it!! Funny, light, and a engaging read for children between the ages of 6-13.Tom is a genius, and the entire town of Adenville suffers from his pranks from time to time. All kids have lost toys, and other items to Tom, but he is about to pull one of his largest swindles yet, and it will leave his father speechless. Join the Fitzgerald brothers as they solve a crime and cap...
  • Sri
    1970-01-01
    ** spoiler alert **Di akhir buku pertama aku mikir2, ini klo T.D. akhirnya tobat gini trus buku kelanjutannya mau nyeritain soal apa? Beneran deh, tobatnya T.D. ini tobat sementara bahkan termasuk dalam rencananya untuk mendapatkan sepeda sebagai hadiah natal wkwk.Tapi akhirnya di tengah-tengah bukui ni, T.D. berjanji pada ayahnya, ga ada aksi tepu-tepu lagi. Malah setelahnya, T.D. sempat melakukan kebohongan demi menyelamatkan harga diri ayahnya...
  • Andrew
    1970-01-01
    I have fond memories of many of the books I read as a child. That list includes at least a couple of the books from the “Great Brain” series by John D. Fitzgerald. In particular, “The Great Brain at the Academy” stands out in my memory, as it was instrumental in building my expectations about what Catholic school would be like (expectations that were wholly and utterly unlike the actual experience, as it turned out). Beyond that and a gen...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    I would not recommend this book to children of any age. The writing is wordy and flat, making it difficult to imagine the characters and events and really get into the story. In addition, this book seems to condone lying, cheating, and swindling as long as you do not get caught; these are not positive attributes to be teaching children. Tom is also constantly taking advantage of John, who is too naïve to understand what is happening, which is al...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    You know how you revisit childhood books or shows and realize they were actually kind of stupid? This is not one of those. I already gave this 5 stars based on my childhood memories of the book, but I've been listening to the audio tapes with my boys lately and the 5 stars (and my nostalgia) still stand. And now I can add a maternal perspective: I appreciate that this book takes my kids to an era where there were no video games, chores were a giv...
  • Michael Emond
    1970-01-01
    I read the books out of order to my daughters so we finished with this one. It is a nice one to finish with. It has all of the things I love about the Great Brain books (my fav children series) and avoids making the Great Brain too ruthless and money grubbing as some of the later books do. We have the creative and engaging stories with Tom (the Great Brain) solving a robbery, uncovering the mystery of a ghost, and my personal favourite, the Great...
  • Jill
    1970-01-01
    I think I might love this Great Brain book better than the first in the series. T.D. Fitzgerald (not Jenkins like the synopsis her says) is up to his scheming ways again. My children love to shake their heads at his antics and unabashed pride in himself. The stories of childhood at the turn of the century are awesome. When I think about the freedoms I enjoyed as a child and then compare them to what my parents had it still isn't close to what the...
  • David Ward
    1970-01-01
    More Adventures of the Great Brain (The Great Brain #2) by John D. Fitzgerald (Puffin Books 1969) (Fiction – Children's). These are the further adventures of a young boy in Utah growing up with an older brother who had a “Great Brain.” The younger brother served as the narrator; he glowingly described the various ways “The Great Brain” managed to deceive or outsmart others into doing his bidding. But helping a crippled schoolmate learn ...
  • Josiah
    1970-01-01
    My respect for John D. Fitzgerald's The Great Brain series, and More Adventures of the Great Brain in particular, is such that I may have given it the 1970 John Newbery Medal, even over a story as solemnly lovely as William H. Armstrong's Sounder. I love this book, and have thought fondly of it many, many times in the years since being introduced to it by my fifth-grade schoolteacher, musing over certain tales and remembering how much fun they we...
  • Caleb
    1970-01-01
    The great brain named Tom always swindles kids out of everything that they have. All the kids parents are always complaining about how their kids lost all their toys to him. Tom is always making money. Once he tried to scare a kid named Parley Benson. He claimed that he was very brave so Tom said that if Parley showed up at the mouth of skeleton cave then Parley was brave. Skeleton cave was like a labyrinth and a lot of kids died because they wer...
  • Riley Flint
    1970-01-01
    The Great Brain continues to impress me with his wit. John D. Fitzgerald's classic children anthology provides a Good Read for kids of all ages. these stories are based off the life experiences of author John D Fitzgerald with his older brother. Set in the late 19th century, these stories follow the adventures of the young clever swindler Tom Fitzgerald. Tom is a typical boy that will bamboozle his friends, solve any mystery case, help save the t...
  • Todd Miles
    1970-01-01
    I read this aloud to my younger children (boys ages 11, 9, 8). They loved it. Fitzgerald is really a smooth writer who tells a good story that lends itself well to reading aloud. If you want stories that mimic the insipid sensitivities of today's pomo, pluralistic culture, look elsewhere. If you want stories that your boys will enjoy that communicate strong masculine virtues, give The Great Brain a try.
  • richardson.joshua Richardson
    1970-01-01
    This is a great book, and the authors brother, of whome the story is about, is even more fascinating. He claims that he has a great brain that makes him smarter then any one else and he uses that to swindle kids out of there possesions. He is my most fav. character to read about this year. His plans are ingenious and are funny to read because they are written by his brother, the author, J.D. Fitzgerald.
  • Taylor
    1970-01-01
    More Adventures of the Great Brain, Juvenile fiction, By: John D. Fitzgerald The Great Brain can do whatever he sets his mind to, and sometimes he can swindle his parents into getting him what he wants. I think that More Adventures of the Great Brain is a fun book. My favorite character is the Great Brain. My favorite part is when the Great Brain's older brother calls him "Old Man" (because he wants annoy him) and Great Brain says, "Ok, Grampa."
  • Lars
    1970-01-01
    What would it be like to be able to trick the whole town? Well in this book More Adventures of the Great Brain Tom is back to his old tricks again. One element in this book is humor there are lots of great funny tricks in it. Another great element is that even though it is in the same town there are some parts where they go some where else. One more element is point of view some characters like John would Overall this book is a great book for all...
  • Katie Kwon
    1970-01-01
    Alex is enjoying these just as much as Jonathan did. Can't believe books 4-7 are out of print! We're hunting them down through inter library loan. Both boys are appalled at how many fistfights there are, and in awe at the amount of freedom boys their age had in the 1890s. They wouldn't trade lives, though. They think all the gender rules back then were ridiculous. The book sparks great discussions while they enjoy the story.