Good Night, Mr. Tom

Good Night Mr Tom London 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 co

London 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 lLondon 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.

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Good Night, Mr. Tom

  1. British children s author Michelle Magorian author of the celebrated Goodnight, Mr Tom 1981 , which won The Guardian Children s Fiction Prize was born in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1947 She trained to be an actress, studying at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and at Marcel Marceau s L cole Internationale de Mime in Paris While pursuing an acting career, Magorian became interested in children s books, writing her first novel for young readers Goodnight, Mr Tom over the course of four and a half years.

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  1. Takes yer time, everythin as its own time So I have this theory that whenever I read a book where there is a gruff old man who is prickly on the outside but a big softie in the middle, I will love it.This book is one of my all time favourites and I know I say that about every book, but I definitely mean it this time I first read it when I was about ten and I was in Year 5, learning about WW2 and the Blitz and evacuees Seeing as I had read all the books we had to read and I was allowed to go into [...]


  2. Tom Beech an 8 year old boy severely deprived and abused by his psychotic religious crank mother, is evacuated from his home in London on the eve of the Second World War to the English countryside town of Little Weirwold where he is billeted with the semi reclusive elderly villager Tom Oakley He finds in Tom a loving father figure and with Tom s border collie Sammy and the friends Willy makes in the village the irrepressible and chatty actor s son Zach , the farm boy George and two twin girls Ca [...]


  3. Such a beautiful, beautiful book It was recommended to me by the librarian at my middle school who hosted a group called the Bookmunchers where nerdy ones, like myself, could eat their lunches in the library every Wednesday Even through the horrors facing people in WWII London we are shown the true love that can happen from makeshift families like that made up of Mr Tom and Willie It s a book that changed my life as a child It made me feel safe to know that even when we re at the worst places in [...]


  4. This is probably the book I have shed most tears over in my life I can t even remember how often I read it as a young teenager, but I still feel that shiver going down my spine Set in the English country side during World War Two, it tells the story of a boy who is evacuated from London He has to live with grumpy Mister Tom, and in the beginning, you can physically feel the boy s fear As time goes by, the odd couple starts bonding, new friendships and interests make life exciting even though the [...]


  5. Now here s a book I had to read for school Primary school, in fact I think I must have been in Year 5 or 6 at the age of 10 when my teacher gave us this as the class reading book before we started studying World War II Years 5 and 6 at my school shared the same classroom and same materials Aren t tiny little village schools with only 65 pupils great It made all of my class cry our eyes out Good Night, Mister Tom is set during World War II, and it s about a grouchy old man Tom Oakley in the count [...]


  6. Tom Oakley has become a loner in his village He tends to be stern and quietly exists with a heavy heart A small, nervous boy called Willie Beech enters Tom s life and home as an evacuee from war torn London Willie soon stirs up Tom s set ways Over time, Willie flourishes with Tom s sensitive care and Tom finds new purpose in his life.A novel full of adventures in the countryside with friends, the spirit of helping each other in times of trouble, cozy nights next to the fire with books and dialog [...]


  7. BEWARE SPOILERS AHEADI really hated this book I mean really hated Willie Beech is a complete Mary Sue, except for the fact he s a 9 year old boy.He is way too perfect He is amazing at everything he attempts, despite his situation writing, maths, acting, socialising, art It s just too unbelievable His friends are incredibly boring, George and Ginny had no personality, Carrie was simply a token feminist and Zach was the only one who was written semi decently, but he was just so irritating I didn t [...]


  8. I thought by the title and the cover that this would be a simple little tale, but it was actually very harrowing Young William is an evacuee from the city streets of London who is deposited in the rural cottage of a crusty old widower Will has endured some ghastly abuse at the hands of his mother, the description of which is now burned into my brain Happily the old man and the boy form a bond that benefits both of them Aside from the personal story, the book raised a lot of questions for me abou [...]


  9. We had to read this in primary school, and it s been one of my most read, well loved books ever since It doesn t seem enough to say, Oh, it s a really touching story, because it s so much than that 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 He expects to be beaten for everything he gets wrong The widower he stays with, Tom Oakley, is gruff and blunt and has shunned company ever since his wife died [...]


  10. I honestly have to ask how did this novel get such a high rating It was easily one of the worst novels I have ever read.It s the apparently heartwarming story of Willie Beech, who is sent from London to the countryside during the second world war He goes from living with an overly religious, abusive mother to the gruff but kind Tom, and develops, or something It doesn t really matter.The characters are dire Zack wins an award for being the most annoying dope I ve ever seen in a novel I actually [...]


  11. In 1993 my grandmother sent me this book I still have the letter she sent with it tucked inside the book She said she saw it sitting on top of stack of books at the thrift store The picture of the little boy on the cover caught her fancy so she picked it up That night I read until my eyes got to tired for I liked it and hope you do too It s about a time long ago during World War 2 in England A different kind of world than we have now There are still good people like Mr Tom Have a happy read wit [...]


  12. A children s World War II story about a young boy who is an evacuee from London s East End to a country village This story warmed my heart and made me well up when this lonely, unloved boy learns to love and trust and to become loved It is a sweet read about healing and definitely my favorite book this January 2015


  13. One of my final List of Betterment books and a true classic I read so many children s books these days and now realise how high the benchmark for real literature can and should be for children Deeply touching, uplifting, harrowing and joyous I loved the relationship between Tom and Willie but also Willie and the community Each character is real and watching Willie grow into a real person is an emotional journey I m happy to admit that I cried several times throughout Sometimes because I feared f [...]


  14. A must read for everyone If you don t read it then you should watch the movie This story needs to be told.My sons had to read this at school As I love to read i read this while both of them read it I have watched the movie a few times with them also.Rearranging my books I came across this and couldn t resist re reading it Truly an amazing read.


  15. Listen here bbc iplayer episode At Phoenix Theatre, West End this month atgtickets shows goodnWhat a horrible mother.Zack Noooooooooooo


  16. On September 1, 1939, Operation Pied Piper commenced and thousands of children were evacuated from London to the English countryside to keep them safe from the war that was just beginning Among the evacuees to Little Weinwold is William Beech, 8, left in the care of Tom Oakley, a widower and a rather crusty loner William is much to small for his age, frightened of everything and covered in black and blue bruises Inside he duffel, Tom find a belt with a large buckle and instructions to use it on [...]


  17. This story takes place against the backdrop of a charming and quirky English country town full of colorful characters.Willie Beech is an abused nine year old boy Mr Tom Oakley is a sixty year old man who was widowed 40 years ago and became the town recluse curmudgeon The two are thrown together when Willie arrives at Mr Tom s cottage as one of the WWII evacuee children from London They both blossom as they learn to love and encourage each other Mr Tom comes out of his self imposed hermithood to [...]


  18. The last time I read this book 2008, I think I said that I thought the writing was quite flat and unemotive Re reading this has changed my mind It s just told simply, rather than unemotively It s a children s book set in the Second World War and several bad things happen and, perhaps importantly for a children s novel, they happen to good people It would be in bad taste altogether to be too graphic or dramatic The simple writing style just makes everything seem true, somehow This is a lovely b [...]


  19. Such a wonderful tale of second chances Young William is sent to live in the country with an elderly man by the name of Tom What ensues is a young boy and an aging man finding out how to be loved, how to have happiness, how two strangers can become each others family.I found the ending to abrupt, the writing not particularly strong, and the antagonist elements are seldom instigators What makes this story work so well though is relationship The author manages to make you feel the growing relation [...]


  20. Re read this as an adult for book club and it was just as delightful as ever I was surprised how emotional I was and how invested I was in their lives Great, timeless book.


  21. A childhood favourite that I still find incredibly moving A beautiful story of an evacuated town boy finding hope and love in the country.


  22. Da ich f r den Blog aktiver an meinen Listen arbeiten m chte, nehme ich mir jeden Monat ein Buch der BBC Liste vor Im M rz war Goodnight Mister Tom von Michelle Magorian an der Reihe, ein Titel, von dem ich bisher noch nie geh rt hatte Unterdessen kann ich sagen wirklich schade, dass dieser Titel hierzulande so unbekannt ist Denn Willie und Tom sind zurecht auf der Liste der BBC gelandet.Dieses Buch erz hlt uns eine jener Geschichten, die man nicht mehr so einfach los wird Zu Beginn wird man ein [...]


  23. I first came across this story many years ago when it was on the TV and fell in love with it then I discovered after that it was based on a book, which I hunted out and read So I was looking for something to read next and this grabbed my eye for a re read.It really is a lovely story, which had me welling up at times You can picture the boys confusion at never having been in the country and wondering what things were I loved the way that Mister Tom becomes softer as the story goes on although I f [...]


  24. This is a sad and powerful read It takes hold of you from the earliest pages and doesn t let go There is big time child abuse in this book I was a crying mess for much of it Not sure I would recommend it to very young or sensitive children Heck sensitive people in general It is top notch writing and the imagery really stays with you Amazing author Btw, there is a film version It does the book justice Have a box of tissues at the ready Maybe two.




  25. The relationship that blossomed and grew between Mister Tom Will was a lovely portrayal of unconditional love that occured between two strangers It was quite amazing to read how they both needed one another to make each other feel content and complete We are able to see how Will grows and develops from a vulnerable, little boy into a strong, stable and happy individual The book highlights the importance of having that secure relationship which offers love and care in one s life The book touches [...]


  26. Well, yet again I have found a book that I love and no one else in my friend group seems to like I was positively dreading reading this but I decided I should for battle of the books And I loved it The characters were fantastic, the story was great, and even the writing, though it took some getting used to, was tolerable But one thing I think is so important about this boom is it really showed me how lucky I am I laughed, and cried and everything in between A fantastic, five star book.


  27. I love this book and just want everyone who comes across it to read it too If I say it is about an abused child, don t let that stop you reading for it is the love and kindness he finds in an unexpected way that make this book such a lovely read A must read and a keeper if I had children of my own.


  28. Meet William A evacuee from London to the country during World War Two Just a few pages in I had a lump in my throat, then smiles, then tears and laughter This is such an emotional cute story, I couldn t put this book down and would recommend.


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