The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
Adenville, Utah, it's 1896 and that great state has just joined the
Union. Nestled in a small town is a genius of cunning and style. Known to
the unsuspecting adults of the town as plain, old Tom. He is feared
and respected by the children as, "the Great Brain." Tom is a con-man
par excellence. If there is a deal to be done and a penny to be made, Tom
will do it. His tale is told by his hapless middle brother.
This often overlooked old friend from 1969 is perfect for 3rd to 6th grade readers. Especially those boys who don't care for fantasy.
--Reviewed by Elizabeth of Books Inc. Alameda