‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian is about a small boy named William Beech, who is evacuated from London during WW2. He is evacuated to a village called Little Weirwold, where he stays with an old man called Tom Oakley. William starts out as a nervous, shy boy and slowly grows more confident. His progress is then shattered when he returns to London to his abusive mother who ties him and his new baby sister to a pipe in a cupboard. Mr Tom gets worried when Will doesn’t write, so he goes to London to rescue him. Will returns to Little Weirwold and overcomes his trauma. After an enjoyable holiday with Will and Tom, Zach goes back to London and is killed. Will eventually comes to terms with it and decides he can be perfectly happy with Mr Tom, but still miss Zach.
In our group, we chose chapter 22, ‘Grieving’. It is in this chapter that he starts to deal with the death of his best friend Zach, which was mentioned at the end of chapter 21. At the start of the chapter Will is in a zombie-like phase, feeling like half of him was missing. He avoided everything that reminded him of Zach, like the Littles’ cottages, and Geoffrey’s art lessons. It was at Spooky Cott., that something twi...
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... to come out the other side of it. It’s an inspirational thing to see the brighter side of life after being through so much like Willie.
I thought ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ is a very good book. It was good to watch both characters, Tom and Will, grow throughout the book, and how even when the worst things you can imagine happen, you can recover from it and still have a good outlook on life. My favourite part in he book was when Zach, Tom and Willie all went on holiday, because it was just such a happy chapter. I also learned that not all children who were evacuated were miserable. I thought they were all sob story’s about how they were missing their parents, but this shows that they did learn new things and grow to be better people at the end of it. When I first started reading the book, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, but as it turns out, I really enjoyed it.
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