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Martine Leavitt

Martine Leavitt is an American-Canadian author of award-winning young adult novels and a writing teacher. She is one of the distinguished writers in the beginnings of a Canadian tradition in high fantasy.

Martine Leavitt was born in 1953 in Alberta, Canada. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree, first class honours, from University of Calgary and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College. She has seven children and lives with her husband in Alberta, Canada.

Leavitt writes contemporary and fantasy novels, and short stories for young adults. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her first three novels, the Marmawell Trilogy, are published under the name of Martine Bates. Keturah and Lord Death was a finalist for the National Book Award. Leavitt currently teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Tom Finder
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 9; 10; 11; 12;

This riveting story is about a fifteen-year old 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.

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

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