Title: Goodnight Mister Tom
Author: Michelle Magorian
Page Count/Review Word Count: 304
I had to read and study this book when I was in secondary school, but I was lucky enough to really enjoy it at the time and to still have pleasant memories of it even today. When I first read it, I was so hooked by the story that I read ahead of everyone else, so while the teacher went around the classroom and picked people to read it aloud as the rest of us followed along with the book, I was eighty pages further in and just reading it like a normal person. It was great.
I also remember watching the movie adaptation in the classroom, although even then at fourteen or so I preferred the book to the movie. The characterisation is fantastic, even if much of that is demonstrated in the way that the characters react to what’s happening with the Second World War, and while it isn’t exactly a thriller, it has its fair share of twists and turns that will keep you interested as a reader. In fact, there’s something here for readers of all ages, and I think that by its very nature, its held up well to the test of time.
Books like Goodnight Mr. Tom are important, and I think that by reading them we help to preserve a time in history that shouldn’t be forgotten. I think this one in particular does a great job of showing human nature through the creation of complex characters and complex relationships between those characters. All of this comes together into a great little book that definitely deserved its place on my school’s curriculum, and it’ll also tug at your heart strings as you’re reading it. Bring tissues.