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Tom's Midnight Garden (Collectors Library) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2014

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190962120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909621206
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.5 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a rare, moving story, beautifully written and true in every way that matters. It should become a modern classic. --The Guardian

About the Author

Philippa Pearce was born in 1920 and spent her childhood in Great Shelford, south of Cambridge, where her father was a flour-miller. The village and the river that ran by the mill played a large part in shaping her stories, especially Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden. For most of her adult life she lived within a few yards of her childhood home.

After she graduated from Cambridge in 1942, she worked as a children's book editor, and as a scriptwriter and producer for BBC Radio. She won a number of awards for her children's books, including the Carnegie Medal for Tom's Midnight Garden. In 1997 she was awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature. She died in 2006, aged 86."


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By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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 over....you just have to read this!!
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By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2007
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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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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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By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2001
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I found this book by mistake, It's really like the book chose me! I'm 13 and have read many books but this book is extraordinary! I've never read anything so vivid and moving, I was in tears constantly! I loved how it ended even though it was, in my opinion, almost unbearably sad and had me crying for days. I recomend this book for anyone who loves fiction, like me, and who will enjoy sitting on the ege of your seat until it's finished. I hope this review was helpful! Bye!
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Usually considered a children's classic, but any adult will be able to read this without feeling "written down to". I read it with my children years ago, and they enjoyed the televised serial -which would bear a repeat. Tom is sent off to a childless aunt and uncle to avoid his brother's measles. Their flat is in an old house which has seen better days. On the landing is an old clock which must not be touched. One night Tom gets out of bed to look around, and the nighttime house is very different from the daytime house. The story is beautifully written, the characters are well-rounded and the plot slowly unwinds to an inevitable but satisfying conclusion.
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Bought this to start reading at Autumn half term. I thought it would be good for our son to experience an old fashioned story. He really enjoyed it and once we got going on it, say about two chapters in, he could not wait for the next instalment. My son is 8 - he had quite a few questions about various aspects of the story - it's main setting is a good few years ago and the main character, Tom, experiences life much further back too.
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This is a great post-war children's classic about time travel (nominated as one of the best 100 books, films and TV programmes about time travel in a recent a magazine I saw); and also about loss and yearning for a particular place. It starts very well and ends a little sadly, but very nicely tying together the present and the past. I did think it sagged just a little in the middle, but it contains a lot of magic and I would recommend it to readers of any age who like light fantasy.
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