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Tom Finder

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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 AwardOntario Library Association's Golden Oak Award winner, 2005This riveting story is about a fifteen-yearold boy who, as the story opens, realizes he has no idea who he ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Red Deer Press (first published February 14th 2003)
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Tom wakes up in a park with no recollection of who he is, where his lives, or where he comes from. His backpack gives him virtually no clues, except a note that says, "you're nice." Tom realizes that he doesn't know who he is, but he wants to be nice, smart, and good. He gets to know himself, and finds evidence of all three of those traits as he does so. His story is roughly parallel to Prince Tamino's in Mozart's The Magic Flute, at least as far as the "Papageno" char
How would you feel if you woke up in a strange place and had no idea how you got there? What if you noticed you were losing your memory, and had already forgot most of your life? Would you be able to cope? These are some of the many struggles Tom Finder has to face throughout this story. This is a story of how one little boy with amnesia can use his smarts, surroundings, and journal to find his way home.
I like this book because Tom shows how strong teenagers can be and how they can support the
Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 run
Jul 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
I thought this was a good book for the 12 year old age range, which is exactly what I expected when I read the back and bought the book, so no big surprises there.

While the 'mystery' of Tom's life wasn't such a big mystery -- the author drops some pretty heavy hints after all -- it was still intriguing to watch Tom go through his life on the streets, making friends, and trying to find Daniel.

On a shallow note, I really liked the fact that this book was clearly Canadian, set in Canada with small
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was okay. I didn't feel a real sense of resolution at the end, which is alright, I suppose. I did enjoy that it was an exploration of self. I mean, think about it: if you woke up having no idea who you were, you'd have to take the time to remember things like: I'm a good speller, a bad basketball player, etc. It's a rediscovery.

I'm interested why the driving motif in the book had to do with the magic flute as it didn't seem so parallel that Tom Finder was a r
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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 ca
Ladd Laulusa
This is about a 15 year old boy named Tom, who finds himself on the streets of Calgary having no memory of who he is. All he has is a first name, a piece of candy, a notebook with notes all over it about "The Magic Flute", and blood on his jean. he need to make a new identity. during his rediscovery he goes in and out of the fantastic with hopes that he will once again be back home with his family, normal and happy.
At first I thought the kid got raped and that's why he lost his memory from a traumatic experience. I'm glad that's not what happened. I didn't like the very end, it ended so abrupt. There's some unanswered questions, like did Tom and Pam become gf and bf or even if they stayed friends? Did Tom ever end up writing and selling his story to that business guy he meets at the park? Did Jeans get back home or did he end up missing his flight?
i loved the way the author made a new kind of thought to drugs and such though i really didn't like the ending i now that Janice didn't have a good ending she couldn't. and i dind't know those other characters but still...
i knew the moment Tom saw Pam that they were going to end up together though.
at first i thought Tom had no parents but i guess having a mom that uses forget and having to live with her abusive boyfriend kinda fits my idea.
Oct 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-authors
Once again, Martine Leavitt has weaved an unforgettable tale. Tom Finder doesn't remember who he is, where he came from or if he is 'nice'. He has a backpack, notebook and pencil and he invents himself through writing in his notebook. It is a tale of courage and of sadness. I felt for this poor teenage boy and his circumstances.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, not middle-grade readers--deals with serious issues
Shelves: young-adult
I don't know why Martine Leavitt's books are so hard to find. Her writing is consistently beautiful and perfectly crafted. I prefer her fantasy-writing, but I liked this a lot anyway, just because I love her style.
Sarah Rosenthal
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Tom's journey of self discovery among the homeless youth of his city. This book had powerful moments and brought to life a community that often does not have a voice. I found this book difficult to put down and read it all in one sitting.
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Tom, an amnesiac boy who finds himself on the streets of Calgary. He’s dubbed Tom Finder by Samuel Wolflegs, a First Nations man who is looking for his son, Daniel. Tom believes that he will be able to find his home after he finds Daniel. Throughline of gravity—so beautifully done.
Tom forgot his past and lives on the streets to find himself (partly using a notebook, partly with Mozart’s Magic Flute), and helps find a man find his son.

Great first and last lines. Great example of a climax scene--where the character is in an extreme life threatening situation.
Julie Daines
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martine Leavitt has such a beautiful way with words.
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how this author writes.
it was a good book. kind of sad to read, but mainly because I don't think about street people as often as I should! gave me a new perspective.
This is a great book! I read it aloud to my Grade 8 class and they loved it and begged me to keep reading as the end of each session drew near!
Very well done. The characters were very interesting and the book kept me reading until I finished it. I just had to find out who Tom Finder was.
May 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So stupid. Don't ever read it!
Halli Lilburn
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good. symbolic of society being 'lost'. portrays our typically negative regard for homelessness
Julie Hughes
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very tightly constructed, interesting book. I was surprised over and over. I particularly loved the spelling motif, and the sunbather in the park.
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, vcfa
Homelessness, YA, memory loss, identity.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Hmmm.... not exactly what I thought it was going to be about. Tragic yet empowering. Interesting read. I mean, I finished it right?!? lol
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
One of the shortlisted titles for the CLA Young Adult Book Award in 2004.
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Martine Leavitt has published ten novels for young adults, most recently Calvin, which won the Governor General’s Award of Canada. My Book of Life by Angel was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year. Other titles by Leavitt include Keturah and Lord Death, a finalist for the National Book Award, Tom Finder, winner ...more
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