Goodnight Mister Tom Paperback – May 1998
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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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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.
"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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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 morePublished on May 31 2005 by Regina Janicki
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 morePublished on June 3 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. Read morePublished on March 13 2002 by BCH
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 morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by Christian Pokrywka
Good Night, Mr. Tom is without question one of my favorite books. As a college student, I've read a lot of books. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001
i think that this book was a very boring and meaningless book. the characters had no significance or any special character traits. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001
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 morePublished on June 23 2001 by paul silano