Title: Goodnight Mister Tom
Author: Michelle Magorian
Published: Puffin, 1983
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Summary: The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.
Review: My husband told me to read this book a really long time ago and I only just got around to it now. I'm kicking myself over my slackness because Goodnight Mister Tom is indescribable. It's one of those books that is a 'modern classic' and I agree because it is a beautiful story and it's beautifully written.
Goodnight Mister Tom made me cry so much. I loved it so much. I don't even know what more I can say. I loved Willie and Mister Tom grew on me in the end. I think that Goodnight Mister Tom is a book everyone should read at least once in their lives as it is a truly remarkable, touching book that will stay in my heart forever.