Set in the fictitious small town of Adenville, Utah between 1896 and 1898, "The Great brain" stories are loosely based on Fitzgerald's childhood experiences.
Chronicled by the first-person voice of John Dennis Fitzgerald, the stories mainly center on the escapades of John's mischievous older brother, Tom Dennis Fitzgerald, a.k.a. "The Great Brain" as he tries to swindle, connive, and get one up on just about everyone he encounters.
Me and My Little Brain Synopsis
In "Me and My Little Brain", J.D., takes the stage after Tom goes off to boarding school. With his brother gone, J.D. is free to follow in Tom's ingenious, conniving, and profitable footsteps, but all of J.D.'s attempts at turning a profit fail miserably, and he soon realizes that he just doesn't have that crafty Great Brain knack. When his younger brother is kidnapped, however, J.D. finds that his little brain may not be so ordinary after all.
Me and My Little Brain is a delightful read for both children and adults alike. It feels a bit like Mark Twain meets Judy Blume and by the end, you'll be cheering for J.D. as he tries to save his little brother with nothing but courage and his little brain.