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Goodnight Mister Tom

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This book had been on my radar for years; I think my son read it in school so we have had a copy around the house for some time. Taken in by a widower named Thomas Oakley who hates everything about being alive, William is initially terrified of his new guardian. Neither he nor Willie could ever have predicted the journey they will go on together - nor the unbreakable bond that will be formed. It doesn't seem enough to say, "Oh, it's a really touching story," because it's so much more than that.

I would recommend this books to children no younger than 9 as it is quite sad in parts and may disturb younger readers. When I read a book like this one, I try to imagine what my eight or ten year-old self would have thought of it. It has been adapted for television by Brian Finch and as a play by David Wood, broadcast as a radio series in Sweden and Norway, and been optioned by Gaumont for television. The following is a teachers description of her experience at the Museum with her class and its aftermath. He goes from living with an overly religious, abusive mother to the gruff but kind Tom, and develops, or something.She fearlessly delves into the psychological trauma that follows prolonged mental and physical abuse, as well as the impact it has not only on the abused themselves, but also on those around them offering support, healing, friendship, and love. The reader witnesses the growing relationship that saves these two people, who don’t always fit with the rest of the world, as they face both everyday life and some traumatic experiences together. And Michelle Magorian’s first novel poignantly shows exactly that - a heart-warming and emotional read that gently reminds us how kindness and love can bring happiness and joy to those hearts that have never had the chance to receive it. Overall i think Goodnight Mister Tom is a very heartwarming and emotional story that will leave you in tears. A short movie of the same title has been made and can be seen on YouTube, but the experience is pale compared to reading the book.

The second half of the book takes on serious issues of child abuse/neglect, the horrors and losses of war, and the grieving process. William attends school and makes friends, including George, twins Carrie and Ginnie, and especially fellow evacuee Zach. Goodnight Mister Tom - winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award - by Michelle Magorian has delighted generations of children. It would have been far more interesting to see him fail at things, and have to struggle to become good at what he does. In her twenties she became interested in children's books and began writing Goodnight Mister Tom - a winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the International Reading Association Award.I will not further spoil the story but we read of extreme sadness balanced out by joy of life and the perseverance of the spirit . Michelle Magorian's classic wartime story is a superbly written and deeply moving tale, which shows that even the most unlikely people can become exceptional parents.

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