Goodnight Mister Tom

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 3, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 448 pages

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Goodnight Mister Tom - winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award - by Michelle Magorian has delighted generations of children. It's the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London. As time goes by Tom begins to worry when Willie doesn't answer his letters, so he goes to London to find him, and there makes a terrible discovery.

Also by Michelle Magorian:

Back Home; Waiting for my Shorts to Dry; Who's Going to take Care of Me?; Orange Paw Marks; A Little Love Song; In Deep Water; Jump; A Cuckoo in the Nest; A Spoonful of Jam; Be Yourself; Just Henry

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An incredible story of love and loss. Young Jeremy is besotted with the older and distinguished Mr Tom. He longs for the affection of his older friend but it is never forthcoming. You really empathise with the one way feelings. I'm sure it's something we've all experienced in our lives, loving someone but not being loved in returned.
Then, out of nowhere, Tom suddenly gets hard. To be honest that's when the book got 'hard' for me. I'm not really into rampant love making scenes but you feel a great deal of happiness for Jeremy as he finally gets what he always wanted.
The loving becomes hard and rough from then on, and to be honest, the author could have spared us a great amount of the details. But overall the story is very well written.

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amazing book with tons of tragedy, joy and surprises
i'd recommend it to ages 10 - 20

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About the author (2010)

Michelle Magorian was born in Portsmouth and on leaving school studied at the Rose Bruford College of speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Over the years she became interested in children's books and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, an International Reading Association Award and was also made into a superb film starring the late John Thor.

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