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* "A funny, fast-moving, endearing book that [readers] will lap up!"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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John D. Fitzgerald was born in Utah and lived there until he left at eighteen to begin a series of interesting careers ranging from jazz drummer to foreign correspondent. His stories of The Great Brain were based on his own childhood in Utah with a conniving older brother named Tom. These reminiscenses led to eight memorable Great Brain books. John D. Fitzgerald also wrote several best-selling adult books, including Papa Married a Mormon. He died in Florida, his home of many years, at the age of eighty-one.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Reissue edition (February 9, 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0142400580
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0142400586
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 840L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 0.54 x 7.75 inches
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Careful. Needs redacting. Suicide of a child planned and attempted.
By Jim and Honey on June 5, 2020
FYI. I am the father of 9, I read ahead any book before I give it to my children. I don't want to put junk in my kids heads.
I loved this book as a kid, but decided I didnt remember enough of it to vouch for it.
It was good old fashioned kid fun... right up till the last chapter. There, things go conpletely sideways. The last half of this chapter is devoted to a child very accurately planning to kill themselves and another child innocently-joyful to play an active part in the killing of the other child. Yep. Page 150-156. 6 pages of 2 methods of killing yourself with high detail. Both acted out fully to execute the child, **only chance prevents the child's death both times**. It is at the end of the book, and I expect it was done to end the book on a "emotional high note". But to me and mine, this is a low note. I do not need to expose my young children to the horrors of suicide and throw in a how-to with two methods.
Without this section, 5 stars. The Great Brain makes some morally bad decisions throughout the book, but there are learning consequences experienced to redeem the storyline.
I used a gold marker to redact most of page 150. Tore out pages 151-154. Redacted all of page 155 and most of page 156 (the story exits that specific story point at the bottom of this page). Page 173 redacted most of the second line, redacted the end of line 12 and most of line 13.
I would not give this to a kid without doing this redacting. There was no reason for the grim turn.
With this redacting, I would let 8yo+ read it, and give it 5 stars.
Without redacting, maybe 15yo+ if you don't mind them reading some grim material that the author expects you to just consume for their pleasure, and I would give that 0 stars.
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