Book Reviews

Genre: coming-of-age novel; historical fiction, war, political/human rights

Key Stage: 3+

Rating: ★★★★

Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian (1981)

Plot: Willie Beech is evacuated to a tiny English village in the country just before the outbreak of World War II. A lonely and deprived child, he finds himself living with the reclusive, gruff old widower, Thomas Oakley. Although the two find it hard to adjust to their life together at first, they gradually develop a strong, mutual bond. Willie begins to enjoy life and make new friends in the village.

However, everything is thrown into confusion when Willie is suddenly recalled to London by his neglectful and abusive mother. After several weeks with no letter from Willie, Tom Oakley becomes concerned for his welfare and sets out to London in search of him.

I have read it three times! It’s very good if you like books history especially. It gives you glances of how life was like during the war through the eyes of William and Tom. There are sad bits but there chances for first and last experiences.

Reviewer: Annie De Moura Machado

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