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Goodnight Mister Tom [Paperback]

Michelle Magorian , Roy Batchwood
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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May 1998 New Longman Literature
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain is about to enter the Second World War. An unhappy, poor child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley, but his life is shattered when his mother calls him back to London.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nov. 23 2003
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Night Mr Tom Feb. 3 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Good Night, Mr. Tom" May 13 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom Nov. 29 2000
By val
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book worthy of your time July 6 2000
Eight year old Willie Beech knows that he is a bad boy, his mother tells him, and she only gives him the most gentle beatings. But now, his mom has sent him away to live in the countryside like all the children in London during World War 2 to protect them from the Nazi bombings.
At first Willie is terrified of Mr. Tom, but gradually he learns to trust him. Eventually it is safe to return to London, but is it safe for Willie to return to his mother? Tom reluctantly allows Willie to return, but when Willie dosen't answer his letters Mr. Tom goes to find Willie.
A bit of caution with this title, the episodes of child abuse and neglect are rather strong, and may not be suitable for all least the abuse is not described in action, we just see the end result.
A great book to examine the relationship of family, and love. This book is a great book to read-aloud to your children and have a discussion...but you may want to read it first to see if your child is ready for this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story for all ages!
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. Read more
Published on June 8 2010 by Hale & Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!
Paul Silano is my LA teacher. We read this book in class and I loved it. He asked us "On a scale of 1-10 1 being horrible and 10 being Excellent what would you rate it? Read more
Published on May 31 2005 by Regina Janicki
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best School Assignments...
In English class, each class got assigned a book to read. Out of the three classes, my class was the only one who enjoyed their book. Read more
Published on June 3 2002 by "lau3"
5.0 out of 5 stars The real story.
The book Good Night Mr. Tom was a touching story. In this book a abused boy gets evacutated to a small town. He is placed with a gruff man. Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by BCH
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for a journey through England during World War II
Good Night, Mr. Tom is one of the best books I have ever read. It takes the reader on a jouney to England during the brink of World War II. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Christian Pokrywka
5.0 out of 5 stars After years, continues to be my favorite book.
Good Night, Mr. Tom is without question one of my favorite books. As a college student, I've read a lot of books. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr. Tom, the Worst Book Yet
i think that this book was a very boring and meaningless book. the characters had no significance or any special character traits. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Grade 6 Class Novel
If you are a sixth grade language arts teacher and you are looking for a great book to use as a class novel, Good Night, Mr. Tom is it. Read more
Published on June 23 2001 by paul silano
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Sad
I love this book. My LA teacher had me read it in 5th grade, and I fear I was too young. It is very sad and touching. I cried twice while I was reading it. Read more
Published on April 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book.
Willie Beech is a timid evacuee from London.He stays with Mr Oakley (Tom), a gruff widower and is frightend at first, but soon begins to see Tom's kind side. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2001
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