Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Tom's Midnight Garden

Written by Philippa Pearce

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Winner of the 1958 CILIP Carnegie Medal A classic time slip story in which Tom, staying in big house now divided into flats, manages to get into the garden at night and make friends with a little girl. But who is the girl? Can she really be the old woman in Tom’s waking life?

This is one of the most touching and magical children’s books I’ve ever read and it’s one that’s stayed as fresh in my mind as if I’d just read it yesterday. Tom’s imaginary garden is beautifully portrayed and the characters and situations within are richly satisfying and the poignancy of the moments are cherished. Children will love the story and it is as relevant now as it was some 20 years ago when it was first published. (9-11 key age range)

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A large house is converted into flats. Tom, on a visit to his aunt who lives in one of the flats, is unhappy, sleepless. Then he discovers a midnight ‘hour' during which the house and garden of old come alive each night. Is Tom the ghost - or are the Midnight Garden children phantoms?


Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn't exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden - his midnight garden. This book won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958.


A story that came to be loved by children, parents and teachers everywhere. * The Times * Haunting and lyrical children's story. * The Daily Telegraph * A timeless favourite * Good Housekeeping * Masterpiece of English children's literature. * The Independent * A rare, moving story, beautifully written, and true in every way that matters. * The Guardian *

About the Author

Philippa Pearce

Philippa Pearce spent her childhood in Great Shelford, a village near Cambridge, and was the youngest of four children of a flour-miller and corn-merchant. The village, the river, and the countryside in which she lived appear more or less plainly in Minnow on the Say, and Tom's Midnight Garden.

Philippa later went on to study English and History at Cambridge University. She worked for the BBC as a scriptwriter and producer, and then in publishing as an editor. She has written many books including the Modern Classic, Tom's Midnight Garden, for which she won the Carnegie Medal. She has been awarded the OBE for services to Children's Literature.
Sadly, Philippa died in 2006, at the age of 86.

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240 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

3rd January 2008




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