Goodnight Mister Tom

The classic story of a World War Two evacuee who finally finds the home he needs. When the Blitz thrusts scrawny evacuee Willie Beech into the care of a gruff old man, an unlikely bond flourishes between them. Willie comes from a rough, deprived home. Life with Mister Tom is his first taste of human kindness. But Willie’s new happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London. As time passes, Tom begins to worry. Why hasn’t Willie answered his letters? He must find him. Something is wrong…

  • Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award
  • A heart-tugging classic with a vivid wartime backdrop
  • Tells a memorable tale of friendship against the odds
  • By a top children’s author known for wartime stories

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

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  • Only just watched the film!!! wonder if the book is as good!!!

    10 March 2017

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    I am really enjoying the book It also helps with my school work too I am still reading this book

    12 April 2015

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    Reading Goodnight Mister Tom was very emotional also seeing the film drew me more closer to the feeling which the author must of put into the book I loved it and the description is magnificent really helpful for English.

    2 April 2015

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    I really enjoyed this book when I read it, though it may not be my first to read again.

    10 March 2015

  • I think this book is very emotional and you can very easily feel empathetic towards the young boy in the story who has been evacuated to the country. It seems he hasn’t had a very nice life so far with his mother and when he returns home, it doesn’t get any better. Overall i think Goodnight Mister Tom is a very heartwarming and emotional story that will leave you in tears.

    22 February 2015

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    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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