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Tom Playfair: Or Making a Start (Tom Playfair #1) [Paperback]

By Francis J. Finn (Author)
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The story opens with 10-year-old Tom Playfair being quite a handful for his well-meaning but soft-hearted aunt. (Tom's mother has died.) Mr. Playfair decides to ship his son off to St. Maure's boarding school--an all-boys academy run by Jesuits--to shape him up, as well as to help him make a good preparation for his upcoming First Communion. Tom's adventures are just about to begin. Life at St. Maure's will not be dull

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Studio: Saint Benedict Press W/Tan Books and Publishe
Pages   255
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.2" Width: 4.7" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
Age  10-13
Series  Tom Playfair  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0895556707  
ISBN13  9780895556707  

Availability  105 units.
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More About Francis J. Finn

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Father Francis J. Finn was born to Irish immigrant parents at St. Louis, Missouri in 1859. He loved to read Charles Dickens works as a boy, including The Pickwick Papers, and eventually became a priest thanks to the influence of Father Charles Coppens. After graduating from St. Louis University, he became a Jesuit and was ordained a priest in 1893. He had already begun writing his debut novel Tom Playfair prior to this, as he was assigned to St. Mary s College in Kansas and dealt with unruly boys on a daily basis. He went on to write twenty-seven other books, and his novels for children were very successful. He was much loved by young people, and thousands of them gathered to honor his death in 1928.
Francis Finn also wrote That Football Game, Claude Lightfoot, Ethelred Preston, Lucky Bob, His Luckiest Year, Facing Danger, and Cupid of Champion.

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Something to read when entering youth  Dec 3, 2007
I read this book some 50 years ago, when I was leaving childhood. It helped me to imagine a healthy youth and to create dreams. It made me wish to become a Tom Playfair of my own. I lost track of Father Finn's books when I got married and left my parents' house; and all these years I have been looking for the trilogy (I wonder if there are more books) in this series. Now that I found and bought them at this site, I mean to read them again. It is a pity that it is now too late for my sons to enter their youths through this amazing gate of reading Father Finn's stories.
The best book in my youth  Dec 5, 2002
I've been looking for the re-print of this book for more than 20 years in spanish and finally it cames in English in US. These three books (with Percy Winn and Harry Dee) are the best I could read when I was 10 to 14 years old, but they still are excellent books for people of any age and gender. Tom, Percy, Harry, and many others are very real characters and readers of all ages could identify with them. Don't think it twice, buy all of them. And there is another new 4th book available also from Francis Finn, "Claude Lightfoot or How the Problem was Solved"
A Book for Girls, Too  Jan 4, 2002
Although this is not the best book Ive ever read(maybe because Im a girl) I still couldnt put it down. Tom's character traits are not the hasty outline of a real boy, but suggest in full detail a real,living, all-American boy. Harry, Tom's friend, is impressive, but not as well protrayed. However, "crazy Green" is, I think, the clearest and most real character in the book. He is a mean , boasting bully in the beginning, but as you read on, you begin to sympathize with him and at the part when he-Wait. I never tell the story of the book in my review, so BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Did I mention I'm Catholic? Well this book was written by a priest.
& I am catholic.
Off to a Great Start  Aug 15, 2001
Tom Playfair,or Making a Start, is probably one of the best books I've ever read. It is a book you start reading and suddenly your hooked,and you can't get away from it. It all happens when a little boy of ten or eleven is sent of to a boarding school called St. Maures. Mr. Playfair or Tom as he likes being called is suddenly one of the most popular kids of the small yard, but because he is not an "old boy" or since this is his first year, he still has one enemy. John Green, or Crazy Green, who is an "old boy" who's favorite thing to do is stand waiting at a doorway to trip new kids on the first day but when he comes to our little hero who had examined the case closely and just watched his friend Harry Quip also an "old boy" walk through the door unharmed. Bravely walked out through the door way, obviously Green tried to trip him, but Tom just kept going and stepped right on Green's foot. Another time Tom who was just warned by Harry that Green was going to put a sign on his back saying kick me I am a fool. Of course Tom had a plan, he and Harry headed down to the handball alley. Harry standing in front was supposed to pull out his hankerchief as a signal that Green's behind him. Harry gave Tom the signal and the plan was in action, Tom quickly asked Harry,"Talking of jumping, hows this," At this remark Tom gave a sharp kick backwards and hit Green so hard that he fell backwards to the ground. Tom turned and apoligized, then he picked up the paper that had dropped from Greens hands read it and asked Green well you got what you wanted, but are you truly a fool? That is all I will tell you about our little hero but, Tom also stars in the books Percy Wynn, or Making a Boy of Him, and Harry Dee, or Working it Out.

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