cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 7 for 2012

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. 307 pages.
If I had to pick a single word to describe this book, that word would be "heartwarming". It's the story of a shy, abused boy, Willie Beech,  evacuated to the countryside at the beginning of WWII, and Tom Oakley with whom he is billeted. The two develop a touching relationship and Willie blossoms under Tom's care. But then he is recalled to London and his tyrannical mother…
This is a story set in wartime, so there is sadness and hardship for many of the characters, and it made me cry at one point but overall it's an uplifting story of friendship and family. A new favourite. Thank you edith_jones for pointing me at it!
Tags: kidlit, war

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