Good Night, Mr. Tom is a children’s book published in , written by English actress, dancer, and writer Michelle Magorian. Magorian had a. A beautiful hardback edition of Michelle Magorian’s bestselling novel Goodnight Mister Tom. This edition has a stunning Puffin ‘cloth’ Classics cover design and. The colours of Goodnight Mr Tom. Michelle Magorian reflects on the inspiration behind her classic children’s novels, Goodnight Mr Tom and Back Home.

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Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

This is a heartbreaking, gentle and goodnlght, eye opening tale where characters were surprised by their own ability to change. Over time, Willie flourishes with Tom’s sensitive care and Tom finds new purpose in his life.

It’s just told simply, rather than unemotively. I’m not going to spoil the story by giving too much away. A must read for everyone.

Good Night, Mr. Tom

She was literally that annoying. And it turns out that Mahorian is quite a talented artist, receiving some art supplies from Mr. Retrieved 29 April Tom as soon as he can. Nov 07, Miz rated it it mavorian amazing Shelves: He is way too perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and especially got caught up in the latter parts where there was more complexity in the story. It just makes no sense. I didn’t shed a tear when he died. I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced with this book!

Something that annoyed me about him was his complete and utter selfishness, especially in the hospital. So Zack goes off the to the city, and shock horror, dies. Especially the first time it is read. While William has been away, magoorian has become pregnant and had a girl, but is neglecting the goodnivht. And once he turned black, we were constantly reminded of how black he was, something which did not happen when he was white.


It is revealed that Tom lost his wife and baby son to scarletina some 40 years previously, and he has become reclusive because of this.

Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

I discovered after that it was based on a book, which I hunted out and read. Jun 26, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Top read for anyone over eleven. Willie is a young boy who’s been abused by his mother all his life, so when he’s evacuated to the countryside he’s a quivering nervous wreck. A different kind of world than we have now. It would be in bad taste altogether to be too graphic or dramatic. It made all of my class cry our eyes out.

William is hospitalised, but whilst there suffers horrific nightmares and is drugged simply to prevent his screams from disturbing other children. They both blossom as they learn to love and encourage each other.

Goodnight Mister Tom

It never fails to make me laugh, and cry, and feel lighter after I put it down. Books by Michelle Magorian. The boy is thinly clad, underfed and covered with michellle bruises, and believes he is full of sin, a result of his upbringing by his mother, a domineering, insane, God-fearing widow. But World War II has come and with it the blitz and tens mzgorian thousands of London’s children are being evacuated to the country and the luckiest thing in the world happens to Old Tom and little William Beech – God brings them together.


Old Tom Oakley is a hero – he starts out the story as an old recluse – a man of the country who has isolated himself from the world since the death of his wife and baby boy decades ago.

Willie Beech is an abused nine-year-old boy. His just seemed like a filler.

The last time I read this book -I think – I said that I thought the writing was quite flat and unemotive. With a later publisher description. Paperbackpages. In the characters’ prose you become lost and entangled in the raw emotion of this story. There could easily be a child afraid of dogs, possibly put into hospital because of a dog attack.

Tom and William say good-bye at the train. Such a wonderful tale of second chances! Published November 13th by HarperTeen first published At Phoenix Theatre, West Magorixn this month: Da schlug ich mir dann schon einmal die Hand vor den Mund, weil ich so entsetzt war.

One of my final List of Betterment books and a true classic. Not to mention the fact that a dog carries germs, and could easily make an already vulnerable child even sicker, or possibly die. Aside from the personal story, the book raised a lot of questions for me about how the evacuation was handled.