Written on: 18/09/2009
Goodnight, Mr Tom is a heart-warming tale of an evacuee, sent into the country from London, during the Second World War. The evacuee, William Beech, is a young boy who has been separated from his abusive mother, to live out the war in the country. He is "assigned" to Old Mr Tom Oakley, a hardened widower who lost his young wife and small son many years ago.
Mr Tom struggles to reach out to poor Willie, eventually realising that he is just a scared, lonely and abused little boy, who has never been taught to read and write. Together they journey through the tale, discovering hidden talents of Willie's, accepting past memories and seeking out new friends. Alongside Mr Tom is Zach, another very important character of Good Night, Mr Tom. Another evacuee from London, Zach is a lively, optimistic and upbeat child. His parents are actors in a London theatre, resulting in Zach being a very cultured child.
Zach and Willie become firm friends, after helping Mr Tom to build a Bomb Shelter in his back yard. Although Willie is stunned at first, due to Zach's generous nature and easy offering of friendship, they soon help each other to adjust to life, despite the obvious differences in their backgrounds and upbringing.
Along the journey Willie travels in Goodnight Mr Tom, he also has to see is best friend Zach being called back to London, after his parents are injured in a bombing attack. His positive outlook on life assures Willie that everything is going to be okay, and he'll be back before you know it. Unfortunately this is not to be. Within a few days Willie is stunned by some dreadful news, which affects the local residents of the country village and leaves his distraught.
Soon after, young Willie is also called back to London. His mother is unwell and asks him to come and look after her. As his experiences have helped him grow up, and become a stronger person, Willie believes his mother has changed so goes back to London to see her, leaving Mr Tom with a gaping absence and unease around him.
this book has touched my heart and i hope it touches all you hearts as you fall head over heels for what all the characters had to go through.