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Goodnight Mister Tom Paperback – May 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Longman (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 058231965X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582319653
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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"An engrossing and poignant story, with much sunlight tobalance the darkness." -- -- The New Yorker

"Powerful." -- -- The Read-Aloud Handbookby Jim Trelease --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michelle Magorian was born in Portsmouth and on leaving school studied at the Rose Bruford College of speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Over the years she became interested in children's books and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, an International Reading Association Award and was also made into a much-loved film. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 23 2003
Format: Hardcover
Goodnight Mister Tom is an epic novel of a christian boy evacuated to the countryside from the war in London. There he meets Mister Tom, a freindly man who helps him not to be afraid, but to show him the meanings of love and care. With Tom's help, he tranforms to a lively active boy, who is loud and also is great company to Mister Tom, lighting his days.
This is a brilliant book for anyone to read. It grabs your attention and you just can not put it down. This is one of the first few books which made me cry, and made me feel as if I was there watching the scenes. Not only being an emotional book, it brings you to the past and how children where treated then, making you sorry for children, who where cruely used by strict parents. This is a great book, it won't let you down.
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By Hale & Hardy TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 8 2010
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Many people have seen John Thaw in the title role of this story and it's impossible to read or listen to this story without thinking of him. If you haven't seen the BBC video play, then you must get that as well as this.

"Willy" is a little boy that's been evacuated to the country south of London, during the early stages of WWII. It shows how the war impacted the country folk as well as the "Londoners" that stayed in the city. The central character "Tom" is a grumpy old man who is the village's general "Mr. Fixit" and how he gets saddled with one of these evacuees "Willy." Willy is a very quiet, unassuming lad who was living in London with his mother (a very religious, brutal woman with some very strange ideas.) "Mr. Tom," as Willy calls him, resents having to take this boy in initially, but grows to care for him and about him in a very real way. I don't wish to spoil the story for anyone, so suffice to say there are happy times, sad times, and tragedy in this story, but it all ends well.

This is an excellent story to read, watch, or listen to for any family with children (or without.) It will open the eyes of those who did not live during this time, or those who lived a sheltered existence from the events surrounding this tale.

A definite "must experience."
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Format: School & Library Binding
I started reading Good Night Mr Tom a week ago and finished it within a few days. It is about a boy named Willie( although everyone in Little Weirwold calls him Will) who is abused by his mother. When the second world war starts Willie is sent to the english country side in a small town of Little Weirwold. His mother asked if he could stay with a religious person or at least someone who lives near the church. Willie is sent to live with Mr. Thomas Oakley. Mr.Tom is an old man who keeps to himself. At first Tom doesn't really like Willie. He's very small with bruises all over him. He is afraid of Mr Tom because he thinks he will beat him. Slowly they become closer and closer with the help of Mr. Tom's dog, Sammy. After many months from not hearing from his mother he gets a telegram telling him he has to come home because she is ill. Willie brings all of his paintings and new clothes, but his mother thinks he stole them all. She beats him and leaves him in the closet with his new baby sister Trudy. After Tom doesnt hear from Willie for weeks he finally goes to London to find him. It takes Willie awhile to gain Mr Tom trust back, but he does. I really liked this book. I couldnt stop reading for three days! I really like how the history is told because it shows you how things were like because of the war, not just the actual war. I would recommend this book for grade five and up, because it deals with a lot of things.
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By A Customer on May 13 2001
Format: Paperback
In Michelle Magorian's novel Good Night, Mr. Tom, she brilliantly illustrates the hardships of a young child growing up post World War II after having being abused and abandoned by his mother, the one person who was truly supposed to love him. After being shipped from London to the English countryside to live with Mr. Tom, Willie has to adjust to living in a world he never knew existed. A world in which love, affection and friendships flourish. Magorian uses what she knows to set the plot, being that she was born and raised mostly in England. Her parents met each other during the World War II and perhaps she was reflecting on her own issues because as a child she lived a couple of years in Singapore and Australia. She eventually came back to England when she was 9 years old, but had already been moved around a lot, as did the main character in the book. The New Yorker called Magorian's novel "An engrossing and poignant story, with much sunlight to balance the darkness." Jim Trelease from The Read-Aloud Handbook said it was "powerful." And that, it is.
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By val on Nov. 29 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
Goodnight mr tom is a heart-warming book.It is set in london at the start of world war II.It is also the home of Willie Beech, a nine year old who is abused and deprived by his sadistic mother.Then Willie is evacuated to a small country town called Weirwold.There he is accepted by an old widower called Tomas Oakly.Tom's wife and child both past away and he is not used to children.Willie starts to leave his old life behind,and he makes friends and discovers hidden talents.Tom also changes he becomes part of the community again.Then comes a telegraph from London saying that Willie had to go back to London.A surprise is in store for Wllie when he arrives,his mother had a baby!but Willie's mother does not care for the baby, more than she cared for Willie.Meanwhile in Weirwold,Tom gets worried when he has got no letters from Willie, so he goes to London to find him.There he finds the baby dead and the mother gone.Willie OK but is rushed to the hospital.Then Mr Tom adopts Willie.A warm book,that is hard to put down.
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