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Goodnight Mister Tom

Author: Illustrator: Neil Reed

Young Willie Beech is 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 . . . Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Published: 3rd July 2014
Number of Pages: 384

ISBN-13: 9780141354804

Age Ranking
  1. #16 of 1136 books for 10 year olds
  2. #30 of 726 books for 11 year olds
  3. #213 of 1614 books for 8 year olds
  4. #596 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
13 Book reviews
5th March '17
Lydib read it aged 10
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5 stars
This is such a lovely story. It follows a boy called Willie who is a child refugee in world war two. He is put in the care of a man called Tom. They develop a really lovely relationship and Willie really thrives in Tom's care after been treated very badly by his mother. Things take a dark turn when Willie has to go back to London. I felt really sad for Willies character throughout this book and really wanted him to have a happy life. I learned some new things about the war and about the children who were sent to the countryside so they were safe from harm. A great book I would really recommend.
23rd May '17
Toto read it aged 11
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5 stars
I loved this book!!!!!!
It is about a young evacuee called Willie who goes to the countryside and gets taken care of by a man named Mr. Tom
I would definitely recommend this book as it is an amazing read!!!!
15th February '18
I read it (an adult)
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5 stars
What a heart-warming story. set during the war, a young boy sent to the countryside to live in the middle of nowhere. a great read for older children.
5th November '17
Gaby read it aged 11
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5 stars
I read this story and at first I did not like the sound of Mr Tom as i thought he was going to be mean to Willie all along. But then i discovered that mr Tom was kind and caring and made me want to have him as a friend. Also he sounds like my 83 grand father who can still climb a tree. I loved the story as it was very moving and well written
7th September '16
I read it (an adult) & to Elder Class aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
A heartwarming story about a blossoming relationship between an evacuee from war-torn London - who has been ill treated - and his new guardian Mr Tom. I loved how you could quickly forge an attachment to both William and Mr Tom. Having read this to my Year 6 Class (roughly the same age as William) they were protective over his character throughout and felt a great dal of empathy towards him. The text deals with difficult issues really delicately. There are incredibly powerful chapters throughout that provoked a lot of discussion. Michelle Magorian's attention to detail is second to none. She is able to effectively show how characters are feeling through their actions and mannerisms beautifully.
My all time favourite book!
14th September '17
Booyu read it aged 8
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5 stars
Goodnight Mr Tom was a very good book. I am learning about children being evacuated. This was great to read to help me with this. I loved the adventures of William and Mr Tom was an interesting character. I would recommend it to my friends who were learning about evacuee children or just for reading for fun.
28th November '14
Read to a child aged 10
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5 stars
An amazing book with lots of emotion and feelings. A great book about an evacuee called Will who comes from London to the countryside during World War Two. He's been badly treated so it's up to Tom to take care of him and teach him there are good people and things. Hopefully Will will find happiness soon! Read on! I recommend this book for 9 years plus.
4th January '16
CCR06 read it aged 9
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5 stars
Goodnight Mr Tom is a good book because it gives a good description of everything and makes you want to keep reading without putting it down.At the end I didn't want it to end and I wanted to read it again.
5th June '17
I read it (an adult)
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5 stars
Such a good story sad and heart warming in equal measures. It was very real and deeply moving, this surprised me as I didn't expect this from a book that I thought was just for children. 
It was gritty and mature and dealt with some difficult issues sensitively. 
The war time era was well depicted. The characters were warm and really came to life. 
So glad that william found someone to give him the love and security every child should have. Mr Tom is such a wonderful man.
Highly recommend this book to anyone over 10 years. Be warned it will probably make you cry.
30th October '16
I read it to ninska aged 8
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5 stars
Crikey we have hit a purple patch with Ninska. 

At first it seemed like a good thing to read because she has started on WW2 at school ,  but we were both quickly gripped.  So much so I started to resent her reading it outside of bedtime. 

It's about a boy discovering  what it means to be cared for.   If your heart doesn't melt you need to see a doctor.  

But it also stays 100% the right side a schmaltz by virtue of some sensitive and skillful handling by the author. 
14th February '18
I read it (an adult)
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4 stars
I have read this a few times - each time you do have to plough through a rather dull middle of the book but persevere with it. The story of Willie and Mr Tom shows the growing relationship of two very different characters with very different backgrounds. The life of an evacuee is well written and the adjustments that his host makes is thought-provoking. There are moments in this book which will make you want to cry and others that raise a smile.
8th February '17
ashtonslater read it aged 10
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4 stars
This story is great but gets a little sad
Its heart warming
27th February '15
Read to a child aged 10
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It helped me to understand what life was like for evacuees in the war. Mister Tom was a nice man who looked after William and made him confident after a horrible life in London
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