Tom's Midnight Garden Paperback – Feb 3 2008
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`This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written, and true in every way that matters.'' The Guardian
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`...haunting and lyrical children's story.' The Daily Telegraph
`...a story that came to be loved by children, parents and teachers everywhere.' The Times
`masterpiece of English children's literature.' The Independent
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Carnegie Medal for 'Tom's Midnight Garden' Other books include: 'Minnow on the Say', 'The Way to Sattin Shore', 'The Children of Charlecote' (with Brian Fairfax-Lucy), 'The Little Gentleman', 'A Dog So Small', 'The Battle of Bubble and Squeak'.
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I hadn’t heard of <b>Philippa Pearce</b>, who was surely a dear person to create this. I found “<b>Tom’s Midnight Garden</b>” at bargain shops where I make lasting discoveries like this. It looked like a ghost story but I quickly shook off my dismay that this isn’t what it is. It’s a poignantly-layered, enriching rendezvous across time. The apartments are inside a manor house, that once had vast grounds. When <i>Tom</i> descends for a look at a family clock that its elderly owner winds: he sees the original acreage out the door! It isn’t a one-time privilege. He walks about night after night, visible to no one except a girl his age. The reasons worked out are remarkably imaginative and plausible.
He is clearly visiting a bygone time but most extraordinary of all, it dawns on the pair eventually that his appearances encounter her at different stages. For <i>Hatty</i>, they become friends straight through to her adult life. It is far briefer on his part but he carries those summer weeks into his heart too. This was meant as a startling moment but it’s beautiful, that neither noticed a gap widening in their ages because of their bond. The peaceful conclusion stays with me. I fervently wish there were a sequel, to visit them again!
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