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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming story for all ages! June 8 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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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 LOVED IT!!! May 31 2005
Format:School & Library Binding
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?" and a lot of people gave it 8+ -it was a great book! When you read this book carefully, you'll notice quite a few clues about what is happening!! The author also writes good books. I think that this book is great for grades: 5+! Adults too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best School Assignments... June 3 2002
By "lau3"
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. This book brought up so many disscusions and interesting "off the subject" talks that everyone had a good time reading it. We even had almost the whole class doing their homework on it. So, I must say, to have a class of about 25 seventh grade kids liking the assigned book, is pretty impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real story. March 13 2002
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. In this book you see the two become the best of friends, like father and son. The weak boy, Willy becomes a little runner and acter. Read this book and learn how one person can change a life.
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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. William Beech, an abused child, is sent to the countryside to get away from his mother who beat him badly. Mr. Tom, the nice, gruff man who has taken him in as a foster child, introduces Willie to things he has never experienced. While Willie and Mr. Tom have a lot of good times together, they must still remember that England is on the brink of war and they must prepare for the worst. Mr. Tom and Willie built a shelter just to be on the safe side in case there was a boming and this would eventually come in handy. Good Night Mr. Tom takes the reader into a world of happiness, sadness, and adventure. This is a book that is hard to put down. I recommend this to every reader ranging from the young to the old. A must have.
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