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Tom's Midnight Garden Hardcover – Oct 1 1979


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  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Educational Publishers; 1st New edition edition (Oct. 1 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435122401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435122409
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 59 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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`This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written and true in every way that matters. It should become a modern classic.' The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 31 2001
Format: Paperback
All children should be given the chance to read this book. It was the favourite story of my childhood. It is a beautiful, haunting evocative story of childhood, growing up, adulthood and old age. It's also unbearably sad, in a happy kind of way, if that makes sense. It's the story of life. It's beautifully written, and a haunting evocation of a place, a garden, long ago - so powerfully written you'll feel you'll come to know every corner of it - the nut stubbs, the greenhouse, the meadow, the sundial wall and the stream and so forth, that it comes alive in your mind - the old fir tree, that Hatty used to like to stand under in a high wind, and feel the roots "pulling like muscles" under her feet - so wonderfully drawn you'll not want to leave it's world. You can read it when a child and appreciate it, and also as an adult and view it from a different perspective, of a story of a bored boy and one very lonely little girl, and how their friendship transcends even time itself. The ending is so powerful, so moving that it'll have you in tears, and yet it's treated without sentimentality and without condescending to it's readers, of any age. This book is a part of my life, forever.

This is a true classic for all time. Buy it today.
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By A Customer on April 28 1999
Format: Paperback
"Tom's Midnight Garden" belongs on any "Best Novels of the 20th Century" list. I came to "Midnight Garden" through Pearce's other books. Read her ghost stories (many about animals), and tales of English urban and suburban children's lives. Ms. Pearce never talks down to children, treating her readers and creations with respect. Also, the adult insights and regrets that we may have forgotten experiencing when we were young, abound in her work. She is very wise. A quick example: A boy dreads a family get together for great grandmother's 100th birthday celebration because of a vicious, bullying cousin. Nevertheless, the terrible reunion day arrives. During a game of hide and seek, as the bully chases our hero, he happens to duck into a quiet room only to find that the 100 year old grandmother has been warehoused there, wheeled out of the way at her own party. Even though age and infirmity have rendered her hardly able to speak, it seems that she senses the boy's fear as the door handle turns and the bully comes inside. As the bully advances into the room, it's silence is broken by a hideous, ghostly wail. Bully runs terrified from the hellish moan, and great-grandmother's face has a slight smile on it, the only (other) physical action she can manifest. She has moaned and (do I remember correctly?) popped her teeth out and protected the boy the only way she can. But that's not all. Our boy gets away, but thinking back on the incident, wishes he had properly thanked great grandmother for her help.Read more ›
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Format: School & Library Binding
With the possible exception of Falkner's "Moonfleet" this is my all-time favourite children's book. I loved it as a child, read it as an adolescent, enjoyed it as an adult, & read it aloud to my children as a father. The story here is how a boy finds his way into the past of a house he is visiting, and his growing fascination with the life of a little girl in that past. The style of writing is so matter of fact, i think i truly believed as a child because there is no sense of "look how cute this idea is" you often get in books of the sort. The reader is invited to fully participate in and identify with both Tom and Hattie, and their growing friendship. The climax of the book, as Tom discovers what has truly been happening, never fails to move me to tears; just thinking about Mrs. Bartholomew's line right now is tightening my throat. Read this book.
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By A Customer on Feb. 23 1998
Format: Library Binding
I read this book as a child and remembered it fondly, but in little detail. Reading it aloud now to my six year old son several things strike me. Firstly, it's not as magical as I remember, which is surprising. Secondly, the sense of place is very well evoked and I'm ashamed that I did not remember its Fenland setting. Thirdly, Time - the subject of the novel - has not been kind to it. It was first published in 1958 and the present-day scenes have a contemporary feel to them. In other words, it seems dated, but the late 1950s, which were a very repressive period in recent English history, have yet to acquire the kind of nostalgic charm that attaches to, say, Arthur Ransome's books which were mostly written and set in the 1930s.
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Format: Paperback
Amazing that already 40 years ago, when this book was published for the first time, the subject of "time travels" was treated. This is exactly what we understand now by the modern theory of parallel worlds. Therefore this book is not only interesting for children, but for adults as well. Another aspect why I like the novel and recommend it for children, is the point that by reading the description of the garden you get a deep respect of nature. I simply find it lovely that Mrs Pearce gives names to the trees, as Tricksy and St. Paul for example. The best thing to do is to read the book on a warm summer evening sitting in your garden!
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