Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian


I am William. William Beech. I was evacuated  to the countryside when war was thought to break out. There, Tom Oakley took me in and turned my life upside down. I was given new clothes and I was never whipped. My shy, weak shell began to crack. Then I was called to London, which became my living hell.

Goodnight Mister Tom wrenched my heart open so that tears streamed in my mind, while some even came into my eyes. However, it also drowned me in euphoria at times. William was so grateful for any tiny thing given to him or done for him, as his life in London had never held any love or gifts.  I ached for Mister Tom to shower him in gifts, for this would make him more happy than any mortal on earth will ever be. As I watched William flourishing like a flower that could be so beautiful, but that had never been cared for, the author made me empathise with him and understand him incredibly, which never have I done so intensely before. Goodnight Mister Tom was mainly written from a boy’s perspective, and this is done very creditably, considering Michelle Magorian is  a girl. However, the weakness of William and the sympathy that is unconsciously shown for him by Michelle reveals her softer, woman mind. Due to the tragedy and horridness of some of the events in this bundle of paragraphs, I would recommend this to any mature nine year old and up. This is a fantastic tale if you find it interesting to read about somebody else’s life.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

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