Goodnight Mister Tom
by Magorian, Michelle | Reading age: from c 12 years
Published 03/07/2014 by Penguin Random House Children’s UK (Puffin) in the United Kingdom as part of the A Puffin Book series
Paperback | 384 pages
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Tom tucked a blanket round him, drew up a chair by the fire and watched Willie fall asleep. The tales he had heard about evacuees didn’t seem to fit Willie. ‘Ungrateful’ and ‘wild’ were the adjectives he had heard used, or just plain ‘homesick’. He was quite unprepared for this timid, sickly little specimen.
Britain, 1940. With World War Two raging all around, young children are being sent from their homes in the city to the countryside for safety. When eight-year-old Willie Beech first arrives on Tom Oakley’s doorstep, neither are quite sure what to make of each another. Brought up in terrible poverty, Willie is terribly shy, and totally unprepared for village life – but the gruff-but-gentle ‘Mister Tom’ quickly takes him under his wing. Neither he nor Willie could ever have predicted the journey they will go on together – nor the unbreakable bond that will be formed.
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and rightly hailed as a true classic of children’s literature, Goodnight Mister Tom is a beautifully told, deeply moving story about the power of friendship, kindness, hope – and love.
‘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