Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

the dead and the gone

Imagine being removed from your home in London during the build-up to World War II and being taken to a small village in the country to live with a stranger. It would get you away from the potential for bombings but you would be scared of so many things in your new environment. Also, imagine that you were the reclusive old man who reluctantly took such a scared young boy into your home and you realized that the boy had been abused by his single, mentally ill, mother and needed more than just getting away from the bombs.

This intense, powerful story tells how these circumstances combined to change lives. Children will find the adventures and the relationship development to be very absorbing if they are old enough to not be disturbed by the references to abuse and wartime events. Adults will also find it engrossing. You’ll be glad to know that there is a movie based on the book.

Posted by: Iris

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