Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle MagorianGood Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

Good Night, Mr. Tom

byMichelle Magorian

Paperback | November 1, 1986

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A powerfully emotional award-winning novel about the ways we save each other.

London is poised on the brink of World War II. Eight-year-old Willie Beech is evacuated to the English countryside and lands on Thomas Oakley’s doorstep, timid and scarred from abuse. Mr. Tom, a gruff but kindly old man, is deeply moved for the boy, treating him with a gentleness he’s forgotten he’s even capable of. With Mr. Tom’s help, Willie forgets his hateful past and learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection and joy.

But then a telegram comes, and Willie is ordered to return to London. When weeks pass without word from him, Mr. Tom sets out for London to once again rescue the boy he’s come to love as a son.

Title:Good Night, Mr. TomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.69 × 5.18 × 0.74 inPublished:November 1, 1986Publisher:Harpertrophy

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006440174X

ISBN - 13:9780064401746

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it One of my favorite books, I love everything about it. The characters and the story will draw you in. This has been one of my favorite books since I discovered it as a teenager. I reread it every couple years.
Date published: 2018-04-13

From Our Editors

"A small, timid refugee from wartime London--and from a sadistic mother--and a lonely villager who has reluctantly accepted the child form a bond of love and trust that is deeply touching. . . . a vivid cast for an English story with universal and timeless appeal".--IRA Children's Book Award Committee. ALA Notable Children's Book; 1982 ALA Best Books for Young Adults; 1983 Horn Book Fanfare Honor List; NCYE 1983 Teachers' Choices; NCSS/CBC Notable 1982 Children's Trade Book in Social Studies; 1982 IRA Children's Book Award; Booklist 1982 Young Adult Editors' Choices.

Editorial Reviews

"An engrossing and poignant story, with much sunlight tobalance the darkness." -- "The New Yorker""Powerful."-- "The Read-Aloud Handbook"by Jim Trelease