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Product description

A tender and beautifully evoked story which sweeps readers back into the Second World War era. When the war thrusts scrawny evacuee Willie Beech into the care of a gruff old man, an unlikely bond flourishes between them. But as Willie enjoys his first ever taste of kindness, suddenly his happiness is under threat again… This heartwarming classic sets universal human themes against a stunning and memorable wartime backdrop.

”... a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.” Guardian

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Date published

December 31st, 1994

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AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 13.0 points

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  • 304 pages


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  1. Jimbob
    on 23 October 2011


    Don't waste money

    1out of 5
  2. J.Dawson
    on 8 September 2009

    Goodnight Mr.Tom.

    absolutely fantastic..... could not put it down...

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2014

    Willie gradually forms a strong bond with Tom and begins to think of him as a father figure.

  2. Evie 113313

    on 4 March 2014

    this book is so warm and really breathtaking! not all books can be as good as this one.

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar crab 761750

    on 1 January 2014

    I didn’t like this book and didn’t finish it. Not for me.

    2out of 5
  4. Abigail 113288

    on 31 December 2013

    I really loved this book and I think it is my favourite book of all time. Some parts are tragic, others are enthralling. I like that it is set during WW2.

    5out of 5
  5. Clarice thumb 136

    on 7 April 2013

    This book is perfect for anyone doing world war 2 at school! I would recommend this book to anyone around 9-14 years old as it is quite sad. This book is very grippy and leaves you constantly at th edge of your seat with excitement wanting to know what is going to happen next!

    This book is about a boy called Willie Beech who is an evacuee in world war 2. He has to leave his family and be evacuated to the countryside to get away from danger, this leads to him meeting a kind, old man called Tom who has to look after him. Tom doesn’t want to look after Willie but after a lot of perserverence from the community Tom looks after Willie and after a while they form a tight relationship. Gradually Willie finds out about Tom’s past and its not all nice….

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

  6. Jane blonde 113694

    on 8 March 2013

    i never read it but i might try it

  7. Monkey 113537

    on 10 October 2012

    This is a very moving story.It is about a boy that stay with a gruff old man. While Willie is in the country he realises what true friendship is. His mum calls him back to London because she says she is ill. He then realises how nasty his mum is. She pretends to be a good saint but most of the things she has taught him are wrong.Find out more when you read this!!!!!

  8. Hayley 113303

    on 25 July 2012

    Great, the only word to use really!!!

    5out of 5
  9. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 6 March 2012

    This is a really sad but good book. It’s about a boy who gets evacuated and the old man that looks after him realizes he was treated badly by his mother -. It’s a good book and there is a happy ending. Ages 11+

  10. Hayley 113303

    on 2 March 2012


  11. Avatar lion 761782

    on 1 March 2012

    I love this book,Because i had already seen the film, however even though i knew what was going to happen it nealy always gave me a surprise. I would recommend this book to any, yet some people may enjoy it more than others. Over all i loved it and i think if you are reading this review you should read the book.

  12. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    this book is great. i love the kind old man who helped look after the boy.

  13. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 9 December 2011

    this sounds like a good book i have never read it because my parents say it is to expensive so i can’t get it whenever i open my birthday presents and christmas presents i always hope it’s goodnight mister tom but i don’t. i will show you now how much i love this book goodnight mister tom please can somebody give me the book goodnight mister tom to keep forever i love good night mister tom i have been wanting this for 3 years but my wish has never come true i havnt read it before but my friends say it’s a good book and if you read it you will nead tissues i really want to read ittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  14. Avatar owl 761790

    on 15 November 2011

    it is a brill book about an evacuee and an old man

    5out of 5
  15. Avatar bat 761713

    on 23 October 2011

    A very heart-warming book

    5out of 5
  16. Evie 113313

    on 20 July 2011

    I really like this book as it plays with your emotions throughout the book. One minute you feel sad but then you are happy again! It is a fantastic book :)

    5out of 5
  17. Pirate2small 108060

    on 22 March 2011

    the movie is welllllllll better!

    1out of 5
  18. Lion 113522

    on 3 March 2011

    I really did like this book. I loved it so much that I decided to watch the movie as soon after as I could. Poor Willie with a mother like that, I really felt for him. Most of it was read to me in a northern accent, which made it even more gripping. Would defiantly recommend.

  19. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    LOVED IT!! I am glad i read the book before the film!!

    5out of 5
  20. Pearl 113298

    on 3 March 2011

    It is a very nice book but it was sad when the boys friend died and he keeps imagining him

  21. Jane blonde 113694

    on 1 March 2011

    I love this book so much and I watched the movie of it. ALthough the book had more information in the storyline and was so much better. I like Willie Beech and Carrie. I hate Mrs Beech because she locks WIllie Beech and the baby in the cellar then Tom comes and rescues them. Tom’s a hero!

    5out of 5
  22. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 21 February 2011

    This book was amzing I recommend it to everyone

  23. Love stargirl 113412

    on 26 January 2011

    It is not a book I would pick up and read but I am doing a club where teachers reccomend books to you that a bit different to what you normally read.They reccomended thes book and I cried buckets and buckets of tears. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  24. Hayley 113303

    on 22 December 2010

    Here are some words about Goodnight Mister Tom: Amazing Heart – felt Loved it!!!!!!

  25. Gruffalo 113679

    on 13 October 2010

    this book is awesome!!!!!!!! i’v read it five times and im still not bored of it! i luv it!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  26. Jane blonde 113694

    on 6 October 2010

    i am reading this book in school and i think it’s gr8.

    5out of 5
  27. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 26 September 2010

    I am reading Goodnight Mister Tom at the moment it seems to be a good book or should i say brilliant book!!! * 5 stars!!

    5out of 5
  28. Evie 113313

    on 6 September 2010

    I loved this book and would defiantly recommend this book to any readers!

    5out of 5
  29. Hayley 113303

    on 4 September 2010

    Goodnight Mister Tom is a great book. Although it is supposed to be one of Michelle Magorian’s best books, I don’t think it is as I like the others better eg Back Home and A little love song. GNMT is about an London boy who is evactuated during WWII to stay in the country with Mister Tom. I would recommened this to girls AND boys aged 9+ but if you are a good reader maybe 7+. P.S. I really recomenned all the other Michelle Magorians once you’ve read this one.

    5out of 5
  30. Percy 112876

    on 9 June 2010

    reading it at school

  31. Percy 112876

    on 5 April 2010

    This book is absolutely STUNNING!!!!

    If you haven’t already read it, you MUST!

    5out of 5
  32. Petula 113689

    on 29 November 2009

    I loved this book! It made me cry the way Will was treated. Couldn’t have written any better.

    5out of 5
  33. Jane blonde 113694

    on 7 October 2009

    This book is a great book. It was a great deal and the story was lovely. I think this is a great book but I do think it should be for 11+ because it has a bit of saddness in it.

    5out of 5
  34. Flat stanley thumb 225

    on 11 September 2009

    This is an amazing book! Perfect for any bookworm! It’s full of love, devotion and in some ways extremley upsetting. I know most people say i couldnt put it down but i REALLY couldn’t. I hope you enjoy the book!

  35. Evie 113313

    on 8 September 2009

    its boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Clarice thumb 136

    on 6 September 2009

    This book is very good. You not only see a change in William by the end but also Mr.Tom. It is a good read.

    5out of 5
  37. Default avatar

    on 6 June 2009

    This is an incredibly impressive book, which is set in 1940’s Britain. Willie Beech is evacuated to a cottage near a church and graveyard. Willie has never visited the countryside before and is scared by cows, squirrels and even sheep!

    An excellent novel with tremendous features and devices, which all contribute to the reason why you should read it. Eventhough there are 304 pages, I read it in 1 day! It is superb! Read it – you don’t know what you’re missing out on!

    5out of 5
  38. Love stargirl 113412

    on 4 October 2008

    I read this book a little while ago but it’s so good I would definitly read it again.

    5out of 5
  39. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 26 September 2008

    This book is about when a boy called william beach gets evacuated to the countryside and goes to live with Mr tom… read to find out more.

    5out of 5
  40. Room on the broom 113684

    on 22 September 2008

    If this book does not make you cry, you must be made of strong stuff!

    5out of 5
  41. Evie 113313

    on 7 September 2008

    I loved Goodnight Mister Tom, because of the gripping drama that tugs at your heart. You WILL cry!

    5out of 5
  42. Bs clownfish thumb 234

    on 5 September 2008

    This is a very very good book I loved every minute of it!

    5out of 5