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Tom's Midnight Garden [Paperback]

Philippa Pearce
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Book Description

3 Jan 2008
Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden. A garden that everyone told him doesn't exist. A garden that only he can enter . . .

A Carnegie-Medal-winning modern classic that's magically timeless.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First as Such edition (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192792423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192792426
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Philippa Pearce spent her childhood in Cambridgeshire and was the youngest of four children of a flour-miller. The village, the river, and the countryside in which she lived appear more or less plainly in Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden.

She later went on to study English and History at Cambridge University. She worked for the BBC as a scriptwriter and producer, and then in publishing as an editor. She wrote many books including the Modern Classic, Tom's Midnight Garden, for which she won the Carnegie Medal. She was also awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature.

Sadly, Philippa died in 2006, at the age of 86.

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'This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written, and true in every way that matters.' (The Guardian)

'A timeless favourite' (Good Housekeeping)

'...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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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 22 Jan 2008
A beautiful and tradtional story of magic, freindship & growing up. Adored by my children, loved by me.
Every school shelf should be stocked with this classic and every home shelf too.
When the trend for books is to 'gross out' young readers, this story reminds us that there is and always will be space for beautifully written well told enchanting stories.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, classic story. 31 Dec 2001
By A Customer
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 sad, in a happy kind of way, if that makes sense. It's a story of life. It's beautifully written, and a haunting evocation of a place, a garden, long ago - so powerfully drawn you feel you know every area 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. It's a part of my life, forever.
This is a true classic for all time. Buy it today.
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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Midnight Adventure 3 Jan 2006
By Laura
Tom is sent away to his aunt and uncles flat for the summer holidays. The flat has no other children living there or any garden. Tom is angry and alone there, what his uncle calls Tom's ten hours sleep,Tom spends awake in bed, until he hears the grandfather clock striking thirteen.The hour thirteen brings an escape to a magical garden with trees, a river,bushes, a sundial and a large lawn. Tom's meets people there and makes a friend called Hatty there do lots of thigs there. But there is a disagreement between which of them is a ghost? I love this book I think it's very hard to put down and extremely magical. It is probably my favourite classic book, as nearly all your questions get answered. Best suited for children age 8 and just have to read this!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The magic garden of our past 16 Mar 2007
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I read Tom's midnight garden first as a child, then much later as an adult. The delight and magic (and tears !) were exactly the same. This is a marvellous, touching story that just stays with you for ever. It is one of these very rare books that functions on several levels. First of course we share Tom's adventures nights after nights in the magic garden, but then after the heartbreaking, beautiful ending you know that the story reaches depths in your heart that few can. A powerful reflection on the past, its mysteries, how it vanishes and reappears...on time and aging... and so much more...Definitely not just for children !
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Beanson
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I didn't read this book as a youngster but remembered seeing the 70s tv version. I didn't really know what to expect, but as I enjoy reading classic children's literature I thought I'd get it.

It really is an incredible book and throughly deserves all the accolades that have been heaped upon it. I found the quality of the writing to be taut and extremely controlled, the author knows exactly how to conjure scenes for full impact. One of the best things about this book are the numerous small vignettes and mini adventures in the garden: the bow and arrows; the bible; the geese; the named trees- one really lives the experiences with Tom and Hatty.
The standout moments are at the end of the book. The moonlit ice skating as they journey back on the frozen fen river was so haunting and vivid, the scene will stay with me; the shadowy meeting with Barty and then forwards to the incredibly moving moment when Tom realisies he has been denied the Garden and his wild calling out to the indiferent Hatty. And then, of course the ultimate meeting.

This is just about as good as a story book gets, if the ending doesn't move you somewhere deep inside then I can't imagine what would.

Read this book, you deserve it
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic that has stood the Test of Time! 30 Aug 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
When Tom's brother becomes ill, Tom is sent away to stay with his aunt and Uncle. To his great dismay, he finds that they live in a block of flats without a garden. Then, one night he cannot sleep, and thinks he hears the old grandfather clock in the entrance hall strike thirteen. He creeps down to check - but when he reaches the hall, he finds that there is a huge and beautiful garden behind the flats that he wasn't told about. But there is something peculiar about it; for a start, the people he sees there are all dressed in Victorian costume - and no-one, except for a little girl called Hattie, seems to be able to see him.
Are Hattie and the others all ghosts? Or is Tom a ghost himself, visiting a real world? Or is he time-travelling back through time when the clock strikes thirteen? Tom becomes obsessed with his midnight garden, wanting to spend more and more time in it - but with every visit Hattie grows a little older. Time is running out.
An intriguing tale; mysterious, atmospheric - and enchantingly written. The ending is genuinely moving. The modern-day segments of the story seem a little dated now, but in a time-slip story this really doesn't matter. A classic book that has stood the test of time - a true childhood favourite.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 yr old opinion! 1 Nov 2010
A Kid's Review
I am 10 and my Mum bought me this book.
It is very interesting, and each page makes me want to read more. I read a chapter every night before I sleep. When I lie down then I imagine myself exploring the Midnight Garden. I think other kids would like this book too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Remember the TV series and it lovely to re read it. Hope to read it to my students at school.
Published 10 days ago by Angela Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book
this was my favorite book as a child and i simply had to have it again. it was in good condition even though it was a used copy, there wasnt any marks or anything and i am loving... Read more
Published 29 days ago by nitchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual story.
I gave it five stars because it was very well-written. The characters were believable for such an unusual tale. I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to find out how it ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom's Midnight Garden
A wonderfully moving story which I think should be compulsory reading for older primary age children or younger secondary. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and captivating!
had me hooked, had never read this as a child, but prompted by reading this kindle version I am now going to buy the book!
Published 2 months ago by Z Austin
2.0 out of 5 stars Tom isn't that good
I found this book really boring as it didn't get me wanting to read more at the beginning which is why I lost interest
Published 3 months ago by Avisha Thiruchelvam
3.0 out of 5 stars wanted to read
Condition as described. A bit dull in places but all in all a good read. Very well written but an older book than I had realised.
Published 3 months ago by KE Blood
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
Just a little bit scary, but a very interesting ideal and very interesting characters. Moves along at a good pace keeping you reading "just one more chapter"!
Published 3 months ago by lynn_m21
3.0 out of 5 stars bought it for my 10 year old grandson
mmmmmm i started to read this to him to get him into it but we both lost a bit of interest as it takes him a long time to get into the garden!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn White
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy childhood memories
One of my favourite books, beautifully written and takes the reader to a magical world that they will want to visit. Read more
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