Good Night, Mr. Tom

Paperback | November 1, 1986

byMichelle Magorian

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London is poised on the brink of World War 11. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of a single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place. Then a telegram comes. Willie must return to his mother in London. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Tom sets out for London to look for the young boy he has come to love as a son.

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"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...

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London is poised on the brink of World War 11. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of a single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate a...

Format: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

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"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.

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