Goodnight Mister Tom

When the Second World War thrusts scrawny evacuee Willie Beech into the care of a gruff old man, an unlikely bond flourishes between them. But as Willie enjoys his first ever taste of human kindness, suddenly his happiness comes under threat again… Michelle Magorian’s heartwarming classic tells a memorable tale of friendship against all the odds, set against a stunning wartime backdrop.

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

“A marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.” Guardian

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  • I read this book in Year 5 when I was learning about the war in History. The book is a bit sad because the mother is mean to the boy Willie.

    26 June 2015

  • This book uses brilliant words and the story is really good but sad in parts.

    Every body has to read this book.

    12 May 2014

  • loved it

    I liked the book. Michelle Magorian uses interesting chapter names to grab the readers attention

    23 November 2013

  • loved it

    Its a really good story about how evacuees and shows what happened to them

    17 October 2013

  • I read this book at school and I liked it even though im not into these sort of stuff and then I watched the movie and I was gob-smacked – I loved it!!

    11 October 2013

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  • Awards

    Michelle Magorian won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 1982 for Goodnight Mister Tom, and in 2008 the Costa Children’s Book of the Year for Just Henry.

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