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In the characters’ prose you become lost and entangled in the raw emotion of this story. In real life, many people who were severely abused by their parents as children admit that they still love their parent.

It just makes no sense. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The story mihelle unfolds from there is perfect.

Goodnight Mister Tom – Wikipedia

Lists with This Book. And this one was the first book I chose. This story has the quintessential feel of a children’s story.

Willie must return to his mother in London. Adding to this, Doctor Little, the village doctor, who was Zach’s guardian while he was evacuated, is surprised misted pleased when William asks to have Zach’s bike. The boy is imchelle clad, underfed and covered with painful bruises, and believes he is full of sin, a result of his upbringing by his mother, a domineering, insane, God-fearing widow.

Goodnight Mister Tom

The last time I read this book -I think – I said that I thought the writing was quite flat and unemotive. Gooxnight, when his favourite teacher Annie Hartridge has a baby, William is shocked to learn from Zach that a woman cannot conceive a child on her own, and realises that his mother was having a relationship with a man, even though she had previously told jister that it was wrong for unmarried couples to live together or have children together something which society in general had regarded as unacceptable at this time.


As time goes by, the odd couple starts bonding, new friendships and interests make life exciting even though the threat of war is omnipresent.

Such matorian beautiful, beautiful book. That is high praise from a book devouring year-old! Seeing as I had read all the books we had to read and I was allowed to go into the library and choose my own book. It never fails to make me laugh, and cry, and feel lighter after I put it down. To ask other readers questions about Good Night, Mr. Specifically, he has an abusive mother back home in London. No doubt it saved lives, but some of these children and their parents must have suffered terribly.

Set in the English country-side during World War Two, it tells the story of a boy who is evacuated from London.

One of the men is Geoffery and he tells William about the loss of his goodnlght best friend, the other man in the picture and the owner of the pipe. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Primary school, in fact.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – review

They also offer him a place in a children’s home, as they’ve been unable to trace any other relatives who may have been able to take care of him. Carrie was a local girl who wanted an education. It made me feel safe to know that even when we’re at the worst plac Such a beautiful, beautiful book.

Zach then receives news that his father has been injured by a German bomb in London and he hurries home on the next train saying farewell to all his friends. Within weeks, he was perfectly cured. Willie is brought back from Mister Tom’s mmister, and his overzealous mother, believing her son has become corrupted, locks him in the cupboard under the stairs with his neglected baby sister.

Views Read Edit View history. He goes from living with an overly religious, abusive mother to the gruff but kind Tom, and develops, or something. I first came across this story many years ago when it was on the TV and fell in love with it then. After a bad reunion, where his mother becomes furious upon learning the details of her son’s life with Tom, abhorring his association with the Goofnight Zach among other things, she hits William and puts him in the under-stairs cupboard, chains him to the piping.


Not sure I would recommend it to very young or sensitive children. The way that Mister To This story has the quintessential feel of a children’s story.

As William’s body heals, he comes out of his frightened shell and even develops a fondness for Mr. I loved the relationship between Tom and Willie but also Willie and the community. There was no real explanation given, it just sort of happened. The simple writing style just makes everything goodmight more true, somehow.

While they first seem utterly unsuited to each other, each turns out to be exactly right for the other. Now here’s a book I had to read for school. Nov 26, Erika rated it it was amazing. You just ruined the end of the book for me. Tom is traced by the authorities, who have come to tell William that his mother is dead, having committed suicide. Tom, be warned – it is a tearjerker, but oh, so worth it.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian – Penguin Books Australia

And it turns out that William is quite a talented artist, receiving some art supplies from Mr. Inside he duffel, Tom find a belt with a large buckle and goodnjght to use it on William whenever he sees fit. I’m not an expert myself, but I can assume fresh air is not the appropriate care for a child abused so much.

Appalled by what he sees that first day, Mr. He expects to be beaten for everything he gets wrong.