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Goodnight Mister Tom (Puffin Modern Classics) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Michelle Magorian , Julia Eccleshare
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6 Mar 2003 Puffin Modern Classics

Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of WW2. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London...

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New Ed edition (6 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140372334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140372335
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian Surname! Michelle Spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years (aged 7-9) in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth.

She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968to 1969. It was while there that she started writing regulary.

From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England.

Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom grew out of two short stories. She wrote the book in between acting jobs and on Sunday when she was working in the theatre. Goodnight Mister Tom was first published in the UK in 1981 it has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for full list of awards please see Bibliography). The book has sold in excess of 1.2 MILLION copies in the UK alone and has been published in Denmark, USA, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany. The 1998 BAFTA award-winning TV film of the book starring John Thaw attracted 14 MILLION viewers.

Just Henry is Michelle's first novel in over 10 years. In this gripping mystery-thriller, the story of a boy struggling to understand his identity, is beautifully woven with a vivid picture of the social prejudices, culture and atmosphere of late 1940s Britain.
Since publishing in May 2008 it has won the Children's Book category for the Costa Book Award, shortlisted for the Lancashire Children's book award, shortlisted for the Essex Children's Book award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

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The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.

Goodnight Mister Tom is one of the most touching and powerful stories ever written. As the relationship between Willie and Tom begins to transform them both, Magorian's powerful yet gentle writing tugs at the heart, taking the reader on an incredibly emotional journey that never once stoops to unnecessary sentimentality. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


'A marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions' - The Guardian --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom - a book for life?! 30 Dec 2002
Format:Library Binding
I HAD to write a review on here.
I first read this book when I was about 10 and, 20 years later, still have the tatty copy which was once so shiny and new.
In all my years, in all the books I have read, I have never read a childrens book as powerful as this. Magorian draws from the reader a depth of emotions from joy through to utter despair as she takes you on the journey of two people saving each other from their hellish loneliness.
If you saw the film and are looking at this review thinking "maybe, I'll get it", stop thinking and go for it!
If you hated the film... well... what can I say? I hated it too which broke my heart as I was expecting a film as strong as the book.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom review 8 Jan 2007
As a twelve year old I can highly recommend this book to another reader my age. The author really makes you feel for the characters. It is an emotional story that has you gripping to every page. It is suitable for both boys and girls. The story is about the relationships in William Beech's life. How it develops with Mr Tom and how it is created between his new friends in the country. But when he receives a letter from his mother, William's new fantasy world created by Mr Tom was all about to change. A classic story with a twist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for use in school 18 Jan 2000
By A Customer
As a teacher of 9 - 11 year olds I highly recommend that you read this text. I use it when we are studying Britain since the 1930's. The book is far better than the film, although I loved the film!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mister Tom kept me awake! 31 Aug 2009
I purchased this book for my 15 year old Daughter as part of her course work for History O level (lowers here in Scotland). I had never read this before and she finished the book within 2 days, I picked up it up one Sunday and to my astonishment read it from cover to cover through the Sunday night unable to put it down. An excellent book so different to what I have been reading in recent years, a charming story that pulled the hearstrings and allowed me the luxury of being two characters at the same time, To anyone who has not read this yet, you must!
the writing is only mildly aged in a different era, but the gritty realism of the circumstances and sub plots are more than enough to keep you moving toward the end, when finished I was left wondering what next as there are more stories to imagine. An excellent little tome and well worth keeping as reminder of a very troubled times, I am ensuring my teenagers read this, it may make them see their current circumstances in a new light.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mister Tom! 16 Mar 2012
By Hatch
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After seeing the film many times it became one of my favourites, so I bought the book. I am not a reader, but read this in 6 days. It is absolutely brilliant and SO much better than the film. I know they have to condense a film when taken from a book but couldn't beleive how MUCH they changed the storylines when making it! The book had me completely hooked and I would definately advise fans of the film to read it. I didn't want to say 'Goodnight Mister Tom', I wanted it to keep going until William had grown up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Heartwrenching 6 Mar 2012
I defy anyone to not be moved by this beautiful story. I first read this in year 5 and it was read out bit by bit in class and i just couldnt wait to get to the end and immediately bought my own copy. That was longer ago then i care to admit and ive read it again and again and still find myself on the verge of tears every time.
From the unforgettable characters to the wonderfully English setting and not forgetting Sam the dog this story takes you from desperately sad to dizzying heights of happiness and back again before the unforgettable ending that will stay with you long after you've closed the book.
Can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was moving 8 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This book was set in the time of the war. It has a moving story line and well worth reading for children 9-14
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book is one of the best books I have ever read. It made me feel happy and sad and I really felt as if I could understand the characters feelings. There was a lot of expression and description in this book which led the reader furthur into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would tell everyone to read and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!
Most moving and heart-warming. It shows what human need can bring out in the human heart, and what human love can do to transform both parties. Must read.
Published 18 hours ago by Byletts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely book as a present for a child would buy again
Published 8 days ago by ron wilcock
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Mr Tom
Great book. You start feeling quite sorry for William Beech though. I think it is a very sad book. And there should be a better ending to the story. But otherwise, it'a great book.
Published 16 days ago by Michael Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I hadn't read Goodnight Mister Tom for ten years, since I was at school and I love it just as much as I did then. Such a heart warming read. I loved every single page.
Published 18 days ago by Amy Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
A fantastic product, exactly what you wish for. Its defiantly worth all the money you buy it for, you couldn't find it cheaper anywhere else!
Published 19 days ago by mrs m j selsby
5.0 out of 5 stars good night master tom
this book is great everyone should read it there some sad bit's in it but over all it is wonderfull
Published 23 days ago by Mrs Rita Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars goodnight mr tom
This is quite a sad story it is about a young boy called Willie who has been evacuated from London during the war he goes to live with a man called Thomas Oakley a widower who... Read more
Published 26 days ago by noor-ul-huda malik
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it loved it
really really loved this book as well as film but book got more details naturally it is a MUST book
Published 26 days ago by maxine johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the film
Maybe I shouldn't admit this but each time I watch the film I find I "get something in my eye" so decided to get the book and so glad I did there is so much more of this... Read more
Published 26 days ago by D. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
This is a wonderful story. I watch the DVD quite regularly and now that I have the book I intend to read it frquently.
Published 1 month ago by G. A. Rodrigues
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