Tom's Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce
Illustrator Susan Einzig

HarperCollins | October 30, 1992 | Trade Paperback

Tom's Midnight Garden is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.

Tom is furious. His brother, Peter, has measles, so now Tom is being shipped off to stay with Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan in their boring old apartment. There'll be nothing to do there and no one to play with. Tom just counts the days till he can return home to Peter.Then one night the landlady's antique grandfather clock strikes thirteen times leading Tom to a wonderful, magical discovery and marking the beginning of a secret that's almost too amazing to be true. But it is true, and in the new world that Tom discovers is a special friend named Hatty and more than a summer's worth of adventure for both of them. Now Tom wishes he could stay with his relativesand Hatty -- forever...

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.48 in

Published: October 30, 1992

Publisher: HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064404455

ISBN - 13: 9780064404457

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a masterpiece after all these years!! The story of Tom, who through a miracle travels back to his Aunts home during its Victorian period, continues to be one of my all time favourite books. The relationship with Hattie, who grows older each visit, is complex and engrossing. The pastoral scenes are described with care and the characters are fascinating. This is truly one of the best children's books ever written.
Date published: 2008-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a masterpiece after all these years! The story of Tom, who through a miracle travels back to his Aunts home during its Victorian period, continues to be one of my all time favourite books. The relationship with Hattie, who grows older each visit, is complex and engrossing. The pastoral scenes are described with care and the characters are fascinating. This is truly one of the best children's books ever written.
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Garden I thought Toms Midnight Garden Was a very good book. It is about a young boy named Tom. Toms brother, Peter has the measels. Tom is forced to go and live with his aunt and uncle for a few months while his brother recovers. Tom gets very bored staying cooped up in a flat all day. At night he hears the grand father clock strike thirteen. So he leaves the flat and goes down in to the hall to inspect the clock. Suddenly everything changes in the hall. Glass cases appear, full of stuffed animals, the stairs all of a sudden have a long carpet on them. He stumbles over to the back door and opens it and what he sees was not there before. In front of him is a huge gaden. What will happen next? Read the book to find out.
Date published: 2003-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time and Time again The book Tom's Midnight Garden is an excellent book based on time and time travel. The book, taking place in London during the 1890's and the 1990's, stars Tom and Hatty, in both present and past. Time travel brings Tom back in the past, and time brings Hatty forward to meet the Tom of her childhood in her garden. Hatty was described well, as shown in the following quote and is placed well in time with her fashion, speech, and care-free way of life. "Tom had seen housemaids only in pictures, but he recognized the white apron, cap and cuffs, and the black stockings…" The plot developed with suspense and interest, incorporated feelings and made the reader become part of the book and ride on the bumpy rode of the plot with the characters. The thrill of discovering something new and building, all together growing and feeling a part of the characters lives makes this book an awesome success. Join Tom and Hatty in their adventure through time, discovering friendship, in the garden Tom has discovered, with time by his side and Hatty as a friend to last.
Date published: 2000-12-21

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Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce
Illustrator Susan Einzig

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.48 in

Published: October 30, 1992

Publisher: HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064404455

ISBN - 13: 9780064404457

From the Publisher

Tom is furious. His brother, Peter, has measles, so now Tom is being shipped off to stay with Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan in their boring old apartment. There'll be nothing to do there and no one to play with. Tom just counts the days till he can return home to Peter.Then one night the landlady's antique grandfather clock strikes thirteen times leading Tom to a wonderful, magical discovery and marking the beginning of a secret that's almost too amazing to be true. But it is true, and in the new world that Tom discovers is a special friend named Hatty and more than a summer's worth of adventure for both of them. Now Tom wishes he could stay with his relativesand Hatty -- forever...

About the Author

Philippa Pearce’s books include Mrs. Cockle’s Cat,which received the Kate Greenaway Medal, and The Battle of Bubble and Squeak,winner of the Whitbread Medal. She lives in England.

From Our Editors

The line between fantasy and reality is often blurred. A mesmerizing tale of a boy's journey across the boundaries of reality, this Carnegie Medal winner has the appeal of such works as Indian in the Cupboard and Behind the Attic Wall. This imaginative and beautiful book is a must for the bookshelf of all classrooms.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12