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Children's LiteratureThis is a compassionate and well-written story about a teenage boy living on the streets. His name is Tom, and that is the extent of his memory. "Something had happened to him, but that was the first thing he forgot. He remembered he had started walking because he couldn't run anymore." Tom is dubbed a "Finder" by a silver-braided man, Samuel Wolflegs, who exhorts Tom to find his runaway son. While searching for this boy, Tom finds money, friends, clues about his predicament, and his identity as a writer and poet. Tom witnesses the power of words as the statements he records in his journal come true. The clever use of quotes from "The Magic Flute" to open each chapter provides a framework that is reflected in the storyline. Tom inspires the reader to consider what determines one's identity: self-knowledge, or the expectations of others? Teenage readers will see the homeless with new eyes after reading Tom's story. 2003, Red Deer Press, Ages 13 to 18.