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Goodnight Mister Tom (A Puffin Book) Kindle Edition
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM is of one of the best-loved stories set during the Second World War.
'Everyone's idea of a smash-hit novel: full-blown characters to love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions' - Guardian
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian is the unforgettable story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the unlikely care of grumpy old Tom Oakley. But then his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother to come back to London. As the weeks pass by Tom begins to worry when William doesn't answer his letters, so he goes to London to find him, and there makes a terrible discovery.
A 40th anniversary reissue with a new introduction by the author, Michelle Magorian.
From the Back Cover
London is poised on the brink of World War 11. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of a single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place. Then a telegram comes. Willie must return to his mother in London. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Tom sets out for London to look for the young boy he has come to love as a son.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003TSE8IK
- Publisher : Puffin (3 June 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 7688 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 59,240 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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John Thaw is perfect as Mr Tom and after seeing the movie i just had to read the book and wasn't disappointed . I had to send to England for the movie and was worth the trouble..
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Will has a background where he's been abused by his mother. There is a section in the middle where his mother traps him in a cupboard under the stairs with a baby that dies. Even though Tom comes to his rescue, this section upset my son and gave him nightmares. For that reason I'd really only recommend this for older kids in their mid teens.
I expected a happy story set in wartime and it was so much more than that. The descriptions are wonderful and I loved the subtlety of the relationships, particularly that of Tom and Willie.
At the start the subject matter is so dark so I wasn't prepared when the plot darkened even further with details of Willie's background and his treatment in London showing the worst of humanity. More happily his life in the country soothes and attempts to cure him as he is wrapped in love and friendship. There is a simplicity to the "bad" town and the "good" country which was rather basic for an adult audience but works perfectly for a younger reader.
At times the narrative takes a turn towards Enid Blyton (e.g. their trip to the seaside) but, being written in the 1980s not the 1930s, there is always something sad to balance the book.
I loved that this plot never patronises its younger audience with Will's life raising many questions to an interested reader.
I was glad that Will got to have a talent in drawing but the author kept giving him more and more talents throught the book which made him slowly seem more unreal. The story was shocking in places - the whole violence and abuse from Willies mother didnt fit the otherwise happy story at all, it seemed very disturbing.
It was a good story and well written, I was engrossed the whole way through due to the descriptive launguage but I questioned the story line as I read it.
It was overall an enjoyable read as long as you never question the plot.