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The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
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Aug 11, 12

Read in August, 2012

Very engaging vignettes of a time long past. The stories were humorous, touching, and at times disturbing. Attitudes toward fighting and how boys should behave have changed since this book was written. As an adult reader, I enjoyed this book completely. As a teacher, I don't know how I could explain some of the attitudes toward fighting between boys described in this book. Also, the narrator's naive willingness to help a friend commit suicide would be difficult to discuss in the classroom. Yet the stories, with the exception of one chapter, were so well-told. Each one a terrific short story. I could see myself sharing the story of the boys lost in Skeleton Cave or the Water Closet installation quite easily in the classroom.
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