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“John D.,’ Mamma said…,
‘promise me that some day you will write a story about the little people who built the West-the people like Papa, Uncle Will, Uncle Mark, Aunt Cathie, Bishop Aden, Hal Gentry, Grandpa and Grandma Neilsen.’ ”

The Family House

Come join me as I take you on my tour of the world of author John D. Fitzgerald. My love affair with him began when I was eleven years old, sitting by a camp fire in the California Redwoods, listening to my mom read them aloud. I was instantly hooked. Nearly forty years later, I have read all his books multiple times. Visited his hometown. Hunted endlessly online and offline to discover the inspiration behind his stories. Today I share my discoveries with other fans here and on Facebook.

Papa Married a Mormon

Papa …


Amazon.com writes, “This story is loosely based on the true story of a Mormon who married a Catholic and lived in a small town Mormon community in the times of the old west. Also includes the struggles of children who have to decide between each parents’ religion.”


The Great Brain

Great Brain

Penguin Random House writes
“The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old.  Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit.  When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day.  Whether it’s saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top-and line his pockets in the process.”