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Tom Finder by Martine Leavitt

Tom Finder

by Martine Leavitt

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I would give this book a 3.5. I was recommended to this book by a highschooler I work with. It was one of his assigned readings, so I was curious as to what kind of books they were reading in English class these days! Memory loss, living on the streets, street violence, substance abuse, prostitution, domestic violence.....all this included in a highschool read. Things have sure changed....

Overall, it was well written, interesting, relevent to society today and produced an important message. I can see why it was picked for an English class.

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  Shawna77 | Mar 31, 2013 |
"The poem was called "Goblin's Market."

The words were things you could hold; they had weight and shape and smell: fruits, lick, melon, golden. ...When he read this poem, it was easy to see why his own wasn't working, wasn't finding Daniel, or home."

It's interesting to me that Martine Leavitt, who has seven children - seven children! Shouldn't that indicate considerable stability? - writes about unpredictability with such passion. Tom is 15 and can't remember anything except how to run. In his running he encounters Samuel Wolflegs, a broken medicine man, who tells him he is a Finder. Tom finds a pen and a notebook and (shades of Harold's Purple Crayon) begins to write himself a life, a personality, a world, and ultimately, a future.

So maybe the unpredictability and the instability that Leavitt writes about is really...well, about writing. About never knowing what will jump out of your pen next. ( )
  2chances | Aug 7, 2010 |
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Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award in the category of Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction!

Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award!

Shortlist for the 2004 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Canadian Book Award

Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award winner, 2005

This riveting story is about a fifteen-yearold boy who, as the story opens, realizes he has no idea who he is_beyond his first name_or what has led to his loss of memory. From the outset, he's on the run, a street kid thrust out on his own, living by his wits and involved in a quest to find another lost teenager whose First Nations father is desperate for news of his son. In the process, he learns to survive and begins to get a sense of his strengths and character.

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Fifteen-year-old Tom is learning to survive on the streets by his wits and in the process he is beginning to remember who he was.

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