Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian is one of my all time favourite books. I have read it several times over the years and each time it is still just as good as the first time. Although it is aimed at younger readers, I believe the emotions and the story can appeal to a large audience of readers.
A beautifully written book about a shy evacuee called William Beech who gets paired to live with the bitter Mr Tom Oakley. As the story develops their bonds grow closer and stronger, becoming almost like a family unit. A unique perspective to look at the effects of war, the account of this fictional young Evacuee, William, covers some serious issues such as loss, home-sickness and dysfunctional families, that evacuees may have had to deal with.
A tale of the up and downs of friendship and family bonds during the home-front struggle of war. An emotive and sweet story that reduced me to tears, and filled my heart with a warm feeling in equal measure.No matter how many times I read this book, it never fails to evoke the same strong emotional response.