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Goodnight Mr Tom Library Binding – 31 Mar 1982

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  • Library Binding: 318 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (31 Mar. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060240792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060240790
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (620 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,893,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, Magorian¹s 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 the Paperback edition.

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

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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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2012
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This is a must read and also must purchase/watch DVD (starring John Thaw as Mr. Tom).

When young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country when the war starts he finds he is to be billeted with the rather curmudgeonly Widower, Mr. Tom Oakley. However, an odd and rather touching relationship develops between them and soon the frightened, beaten and malnourished little boy starts to come out of his shell and make friends with Mr. Tom and the children in the village.

The author paints an idyllic picture of country life before the war and just after it started. Everything is decribed in great detail right from the clothes the children wore, to the trees, the house in which Willie lives with Tom and to the school he attends. No description of anything is stilted and you actually start to feel that you are living in the cottage with Mr. Tom and Willie or Will as he prefers to be called. Mr. Tom as he is known by to Will, quickly finds out the little boy likes drawing and starts to encourage him by buying him some painting materials. Poor Will is overcome with emotion as it seems that no-one has ever been nice to him before.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable book and it made me wish for times gone by when you could run around outside on your own for hours on end without the worry of being molested. Every villager would look out for any child at any given time.

The book also made me cry in two places but to give away what places would spoil the pleasure for other readers. There is every emotion in this book from sadness to happiness to resignation, to fear and all extremely well written. Suffice to say, this has to be a classic and will be enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike.
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Format: Audio Cassette
I have to agree that the book is exceptional and a fantasic read.
I am a teacher and bought the Puffin audio tape to play to the class. I was however disappointed, as it is an abridged version and misses out so much of the detailed description that makes the book so hard to put down. So I thought it was a softer version of the book and not as tame as the video, and only a 3 1/2 hour playing time.
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Format: Paperback
Tom is not amused when he is first dumped with a little boy aged 8 because of the 2nd world war but secretly finds out much more then he intended to find out about him. He is suspious of that Willie, the young boy is being abused and that the rumous of the City children are the opposites of Willie's character. Willie is not an average child because he can't write and had never the chance to learn and also he is treated as though he was a devil. He's mother has poisoned him with untrue things like, the reason he has to slepp under his mother's bed is because he would die. this is why he was so frightened of sleeping in the bed at Mr Tom's house as he calls him. Willie learns a whole new experience living with Mr Tom, infact he learns to love Tom and to love squirrels and dogs that he's never seen! Tom gets the letter from Willie's mum and is angry because it says he should beat him with the belt if he's bad which then he realizes were Willie's bruises had come from. Willie is upset and feels sick because of all the good things he has been eating. When he gose to the doctors he is very scared because his mother told him that they were bad people which is probably why he was so scared. Willie envys children who can read and longs to paint, and when he gose shopping with Tom he is very very supprised that Tom buys him a comic and some sweets... and lets him choose which ones. according to Willie he has never been asked to choose a comic or even a sweet in his whole life. This shows how mean his mother is infact it makes me really lucky when i think whole many comics and sweets i've had and thought nothing of them. The Way the athor has put it i bet he'll treasure that comic till he dies!Read more ›
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