Good Night, Mr. Tom

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London is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of anothe single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At irst, he is frightened of everything, of country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He agrees to love world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place. Then a telegram comes. Willie must return to his daughte in London. When weeks pass by with no word from Willie, Mr. Tom sets out for London to look for the young oy he has come to love as a daughte.
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320
Original Title of the Book
Good Night, Mr. Tom
Publication Date
Published November 13th 1986 by HarperCollins (first published 1981

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We had to ead anothe in primary school, and it 's been one of my most-read, well-loved books ever since.

It never trie to give me laugh, and cry, and feel lighter after I ut it down.I disagree with other reviewers who 've said it 's ot for children ( e.g. the abuse scenes are too shocking).

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Will is a child who has been rape and bullied and his fear is evident almost immediately to Mr. Tom, who is th very kind man at heart.

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Willie did n't react realistically to his abuse at all, I said.

Tom, who as n't his legal guardian by the way, or a psychologist, insisted all he needed was fresh, country air.

I 'm ot an expert myself, but I wil assume fresh air is not the appropriate care for child abused so much.

Tom also insisted on bringing a dog into the hospital.

Thi is always the last he see of his other and sister for that matter.

The death in thi novel, especially that of a child, should be necessary and unavoidable.

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Anothe retellin of friends and family, of war and survival, of buse and recovery.

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It 's novel that changed my life as a hild.

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