Goodnight Mister Tom
Written by Michelle Magorian
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?
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.
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of WW2. 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.
'Everyone's idea of a smash-hit first novel: full blown characters to love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.' Guardian
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