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 Nielsen.’ ”
Are you fan of John D. Fitzgerald’s books? The Great Brain Series? Papa Married a Mormon?
My love affair with them began when I was eleven years old. Hearing them for the first time, sitting by a camp fire in the California Redwoods. Listening to Mom read them aloud. Instantly hooked, I read the series until it was cover worn. Hungry for details beyond the book pages, I visited his hometown, hunted endlessly online and offline seeking the inspiration behind these incredible stories. Today I share those discoveries with his fans.
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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.┬á Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit.┬á When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day.┬á 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.”