Welcome to Finding Fitzgerald
“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.’ ”
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.
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.”
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.”