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The Return of the Great Brain (Great Brain #6) Paperback – August 15, 1975


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (August 15, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440459419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440459415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Tom Fitzgerald, alias The Great Brain, is back, struggling to stay reformed now that his friends have threatened to ostracize him if he puulls even one more swindle. But his brother J.D. knows Tom's reformation is too good to be true, and as a reformed Great Brain makes for a dull life, J.D. is not altogether unhappy--or blameless--when his brother's money-loving heart stealthily returns to business as usual.

Under the watchful eyes of parents and friends, Tom has to be craftier than ever, and indeed he is. Whether he's cleverly pulling an out-and-out swindle so as not to be caught or solving a train robbery and murder, Tom's Great Brain never fails.

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Tom Fitzgerald, alias The Great Brain, is back, struggling to stay reformed now that his friends have threatened to ostracize him if he puulls even one more swindle. But his brother J.D. knows Tom's reformation is too good to be true, and as a reformed Great Brain makes for a dull life, J.D. is not altogether unhappy--or blameless--when his brother's money-loving heart stealthily retums to business as usual.



Under the watchful eyes of parents and friends, Tom has to be craftier than ever, and indeed he is. Whether he's cleverly pulling an out-and-out swindle so as not to be caught or solving a train robbery and murder, Tom's Great Brain never fails.

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So what I like about this series is that while it's aimed at older kids/young adults, it has themes that can be explored by more mature ages.
J. Tant
The Return is probably my least favorite in the series so far, but in a series like The Great Brain that means it's still great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Valmike on March 28, 2011
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I first read The Great Brain series in grade school. I recently came across a few of them and used Amazon to track down the rest, since books 4, 5, 6, and 7 are out of print. The Return of the Great Brain, Book 6 in the series, picks up in the wake of Tom's reformation at the end of book 5. We watch as Tom has to take his scams to the next level so the entire town of kids doesn't realize they are still being swindled. Will he pull it off? Read it and find out!

An adult can read each book in this series in perhaps an hour or two, since they are such easy reads and work as chapter-books for youth. The stories are more well-crafted than I originally gave them credit for being. Fitzgerald really pulled it off: The perspective and subtext of the stories changes entirely for an adult reader, who can see shades of meaning that the kids will miss, without missing the fun and adventure that the kids love most. Fitzgerald's verisimilitude and rock-solid structure make this possible, while his sense of life and authenticity makes it a pleasant read from cover to cover.

It's a shame the only books currently in print (as of this writing) are The Great Brain (1), More Adventures of (2), Me and My Little Brain (3), and The Great Brain is Back (8), which was a posthumous epilogue put together from the author's notes after his death. The four books that are out of print are easily the best four in the series: The Great Brain at the Academy (4), The Great Brain Reforms (5), Return of (6), and The Great Brain Does it Again (7). Fortunately, there seem to be a good number of these in circulation. Grab them while you can, and hopefully some publisher settles up with the Fitzgerald estate so the rest can survive for the next generation of kids.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
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The Return of the Great Brain is a excellent book to read!!! Tom ( the great brain ) is on trial. He has to reform.Tom uses his brain to solve a train robbery,to get a jackass, and many other things. Read The Return of the Great Brain to find out what happens!
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I have to say, while this book is immensely enjoyable (indeed, in my younger years I'd revisit Adenville every year or so), perhaps it's a little TOO real. Let me explain.

In the previous book, Tom was finally held to account for his actions and was shocked to realize that his justifications were mainly for his own conscience - he actually didn't have THAT many "friends" and he was largely viewed as a con man and a swindler. At the end of the previous book he was at a crossroads...he could "reform," or he could simply continue trying to, in his view, "outsmart" people while staying within the letter of the law (so to speak). Unfortunately for the kids of Adenville (but perhaps fortunately for we the reader), he chooses the latter path. And that's why I say this book is perhaps more realistic than it looks at first glance. Pessimists and cynics will tell you that in real life, people rarely if ever change, and that's actually pretty common. Here we see a junior con man presented with an opportunity to change (albeit under duress) and he instead works to create schemes that aren't exactly swindles.

The Wheel of Fortune story is a good example (and in fact, one I used to demonstrate to my own son how casinos can get so much profit). In it, Tom creates a gambling wheel that is so successful that it empties the pockets of nearly every kid in town. Tom would undoubtedly justify this to himself as using his smarts, but in reality he's taking advantage. and that makes the reader wonder if Tom actually learned anything from his previous actions.

So what I like about this series is that while it's aimed at older kids/young adults, it has themes that can be explored by more mature ages. It's a good series, with a great narrative tone and very clear writing. I'm a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kellie rice on December 19, 2013
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My son had me order the entire series after reading book #1. They are a KEEPER! Order the entire series and keep it for other family members!
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This book solves the problem of the Great Brain aka TD's return to the Academy by building an Academy right in town. Now, the story can take place in our favorite town, Adenville, and utilize all of our favorite characters. TD works under the guise of being reformed throughout this book, but still ends up with all of the other kids' the money. He's also able to word his tricks in such a way that he can't be caught or punished. It's funny because while JD, TD's little brother, has been swindled the most he miss the excitement and even encourages TD in his money-loving ways.
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In the previous book in the series, The Great Brain Reforms, T.D. is forced to reform by his peers, or they will cease speaking to him. In light of this, T.D. elects to go on with his swindling lifestyle, and is forced to be more cautious than ever that what he does will not be called swindling. It leads to some rather unusual adventures, and the Great Brain actually earns some honest money. Not the best in the series, but still a fun book.

Overall grade: A-
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By A Customer on October 31, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This is a light-hearted, funny book. I am way beyond the suggested age level, but i still read all the books in this series every other year. This series is one of two other books that has EVER made me laugh out loud, even when i was younger. So give the gift of laughter to a special kid in your life with this whole series!!
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John D. Fitzgerald is the author of seven Great Brain books. He died in Florida, his home of many years, at the age of eighty-one.

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