Good Night, Mr. Tom
Winner of the 1982 IRA Children's Book AwardLondon is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech--the abused child of a single mother--is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the... show more
Winner of the 1982 IRA Children's Book AwardLondon is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech--the abused child of a single mother--is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place. Then a telegram comes. Willie must return to his mother in London. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Tom sets out for London to look for the young boy he has come to love as a son.‘A small, timid refugee from wartime London—and from a sadistic mother—and a lonely villager who has reluctantly accepted the child form a bond of love and trust that is deeply touching. Michelle Magorian has created a vivid cast for an English story with universal and timeless appeal.’ —Zena Sutherland, IRA Children’s Book Award Chair. ‘An engrossing, vividly detailed novel.’ —BL. Winner, 1982 International Reading Association Children's Book AwardNotable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA)1982 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)1983 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)1982 Young Adult Editors' Choices (BL)1983 Teachers' Choices (NCTE)Notable 1982 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)Children's Books of 1982 (Library of Congress)
Publish date: November 13th 1986
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
It had a sweet and happy start. It took a turn in the middle and got sad, but that quickly ended. I'm not completely sure how I feel about the ending. It's kinda like a bitter-sweet feeling. Definitely recommend you read this book.
The first half of this book is just plain sweet and cozy. Yes, a little sappy, but I don't mind a little sap every now and then. I think the book takes an unfortunate turn about half-way through - too jarring and melodramatic when paired with the idyllic first half. Still, overall it's a sweet sto...
I only put books on my shelf that I would recommend to others. If I can't say good things about a book you won't find it here because many other readers might love what I leave on my 'unreadable' pile - I think that's the fair way to review on a site like this.
Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007jxnk/Goodnight_Mr_Tom_Episode_1/ At Phoenix Theatre, West End this month: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/goodnight-mister-tom/phoenix-theatre/What a horrible mother.Zack! Noooooooooooo!
I felt curiously distant towards this book most of the time. It felt like it was trying to hard to earn my affections, and make me care about the characters without really earning it. The issues surrounding child abuse are well done, and the characters themselves are entertaining, but somehow the tw...