Goodnight Mister Tom
Written by Michelle Magorian
Illustrated by Neil Reed
Part of the A Puffin Book Series
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A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the reserved old man who takes him in. Willie has been lonely and neglected all his life as his mother lacks the ability to care for him. Under Mister Tom’s patient and kind guidance Willie grows emotionally and physically to become the boy he should have been. But then his mother wants him back home in London. Must Willie loose everything that has made him happy?
Puffin Fact! The beech tree’s slim trunk gave Michelle Magorian the idea for her skinny evacuee’s name – William Beech. Download more Puffin Facts here!
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The Good Book Guide Review. ‘I've put the belt in for when he's bad' read the note that accompanied half- starved, maltreated 9-year-old Willie* when he was evacuated from London in World War II. Mister Tom, a lonely widower who had to take Willie in, was shocked, stirred, challenged. This long, sometimes stark, book tells how the lives of boy and old man change, grow and blossom.
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- Ellen Cox, age 7 - 'I loved this book - enjoyed the story and also learning things about the war.' Read full review >
- Emily Keaveny, age 10 - 'A fantastic book about the Second World War and what it was like to be an evacuee.' Read full review >
- Erica Motoc, age 7 - 'Goodnight Mister Tom is a really good book.' Read full review >
- Luke Bauer, Age 11 - 'Everyone will enjoy this fantastic novel about the WW2 evacuee William Beech. William gets evacuated to the town of Little Weirwold, and with his foster parent, Tom, he discovers a whole new world.' Read full review >
- Isobel Jeffries, age 8 - 'I really believed in the characters and the setting for this story. It made me ask Grandma about the war and evacuees, which Mum said was a good thing to do so that we remember what happened.' Read full review >
- Isobel’s Mum - 'I had forgotten how powerful this story is, and some of it was perhaps a bit difficult to understand for my eight year old. However the story kept her going and we enjoyed reading it together.' Read full review >
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London...It is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
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