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Goodnight Mister Tom

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I always hold out hope that books for young adults that have important themes may somehow find a way into the hands of younger readers. Having very little recollection of ever reading this when I was younger, I relished at the thought of reading this out loud to our kids. Meanwhile, Tom, preoccupied with worry about William, decides, on an impulse, to go to London, sensing the boy might be in danger.

There is another sad thread to the plot involving Zach, something else to be aware of, but I’ll save that one from here. As he observed it tumble and fall between the wood and hot coke, it occurred to him that strength was quite different from toughness and that being vulnerable wasn’t the same as being weak. Tom, William, and Zach enjoy a holiday at the seaside village of Salmouth, where the landlady of their cottage mistake William as Tom's son.

my favourite character in this book is Ginny because she decided to take a test that girls didn't usually do.

It didn’t end with a happily ever after (and this was the one time I would’ve permitted, nay encouraged, a book to) but it was extremely cathartic and wonderfully moving. Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and rightly hailed as a true classic of children's literature, Goodnight Mister Tom is a beautifully told, deeply moving story about the power of friendship, kindness, hope - and love. The ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy committee challenges YOU to reach out and make connections to someone outside your network this year.He's a small boy with such a big heart - so very full of artistic talents and want to be something more, but too afraid to voice his own wants. The writing is so evocative of a wartime country village, and the characters all feel real and fully developed. The widower he stays with, Tom Oakley, is gruff and blunt and has shunned company ever since his wife died in childbirth forty years ago.

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