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A Puffin Book - stories that last a lifetime. Puffin Modern Classics are relaunched under a new logo: A Puffin Book, all with exciting new covers and endnotes with author profile, interesting facts around the story and archive material. 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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This is a great book!

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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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Gr8 book

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i think you should by this book because its a heart-warming story that was based in the war times,the writer has made the story so that it grabs your attention which it does

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the cream of the crop! it made me jump with joy too!

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Goodnight Mister Tom is a book filled with fear, love and passion. The main characters William Beech and Tom Oakley (also known as Mister Tom) play a heart breaking but loving role. World War 2 has just broken out and England declare war on Germany. Of course there will be bombing and so on. So the children of London are moved to a more peaceful place. One of those peaceful places is Little Weirworld. Home of Tom Oakley (Mister Tom). William Beech (also known as Will or Willie) is being escorted to Little Weirworld. Mister Tom is asked to look after the boy. Will they get along? Or will Mister Tom bring out the belt?
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Amazing Book with a great storyline, brought tears to my eyes.

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One of my all-time favourites. Great for reading in schools, especially in parallel with topics on World War II. A tear-jerker, very well written and illustrates beautifully a sincere friendship bond between man and boy. Be wary of the age-group you're reading with, as this is probably not suitable for younger readers due to adult themes (child abuse). 

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