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Goodnight Mister Tom

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The reader witnesses the growing relationship that saves these two people, who don’t always fit with the rest of the world, as they face both everyday life and some traumatic experiences together. Seeing as I had read all the books we had to read and I was allowed to go into the library and choose my own book.

This brilliant work of historical fiction will teach your young reader about World War II whilst at the same time introducing loveable and animated characters that will stay with them forever. Another irritating thing about him was the fact that halfway through the novel, he got a tan, and somehow turned black. She is best known for her first novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the 1982 Guardian Prize for British children's books [1] and has been adapted several times for screen or stage. Having very little recollection of ever reading this when I was younger, I relished at the thought of reading this out loud to our kids.

I recommend watching the film but if you want to be left on a cliffhanger every night then DEFINITELY read the book. A book with a cover deemed “boring” by children is going to live a sad life in the library, a life of watching other (perhaps lesser) books get checked out thanks to their snazzy, eye-catching covers while it sits on the shelf, eventually getting weeded due to low circulation.

Ignored by the other children I was lonely, and I hated England so much that if we had to sing an English song in a singing lesson I would refuse and mime it instead. Many years ago, I was daydreaming in a launderette when I saw an image in my head of a small boy standing in a graveyard.It didn’t end with a happily ever after (and this was the one time I would’ve permitted, nay encouraged, a book to) but it was extremely cathartic and wonderfully moving.

The child reading this book will get to learn the difference between when an adult misbehaves and when an adult actually cares. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the unlikely care of grumpy old Tom Oakley.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian is the unforgettable story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. While going out to collect William she left the baby alone in the flat with her mouth taped so the neighbours did not hear her crying. The second half of the book takes on serious issues of child abuse/neglect, the horrors and losses of war, and the grieving process.

I first read it when I was about ten and I was in Year 5, learning about WW2 and the Blitz and evacuees.And Michelle Magorian’s first novel poignantly shows exactly that - a heart-warming and emotional read that gently reminds us how kindness and love can bring happiness and joy to those hearts that have never had the chance to receive it.

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