Goodnight Mister Tom

When World War II 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… This heartwarming classic tells a moving and 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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  • Willie gradually forms a strong bond with Tom and begins to think of him as a father figure.

    6 March 2014

  • loved it

    this book is so warm and really breathtaking! not all books can be as good as this one.

    4 March 2014

  • not for me

    I didn’t like this book and didn’t finish it. Not for me.

    1 January 2014

  • loved it

    I really loved this book and I think it is my favourite book of all time. Some parts are tragic, others are enthralling. I like that it is set during WW2.

    31 December 2013

  • This book is perfect for anyone doing world war 2 at school! I would recommend this book to anyone around 9-14 years old as it is quite sad. This book is very grippy and leaves you constantly at th edge of your seat with excitement wanting to know what is going to happen next!

    This book is about a boy called Willie Beech who is an evacuee in world war 2. He has to leave his family and be evacuated to the countryside to get away from danger, this leads to him meeting a kind, old man called Tom who has to look after him. Tom doesn’t want to look after Willie but after a lot of perserverence from the community Tom looks after Willie and after a while they form a tight relationship. Gradually Willie finds out about Tom’s past and its not all nice….

    I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!! Xx

    7 April 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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