Good Night Mister Tom

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Goodnight Mister Tom (also Good Night, Mr Tom) is a 1981 novel by Michelle Magorian. It follows a young boy named William Beech who is evacuated from London during the air-raids itz]] of World War II, and put into the care of an elderly reclusive man named Tom Oakley. Thanks to Tom, William Beech was able to start a new life of love and care. Two musicals based on the book have been written. Brief Summary As England stands on the brink of the second world war, many young children are sent into the countryside. This is the fate of one: "Willie" Beech. An unhappy deprived child, he finds kindness and love in the most unexpected place, the home of a grumpy elderly man. The old man, Mr Thomas Oakley, heals and teaches the young boy, loses him and then finds him, saving his life and bringing him back to health and a happy life together. Good Night, Mister Tom is written in omniscient third person point of view. The main character is a thin young boy named William who is physically and emotionally abused by his violent mother. Everyone calls him Willie with the exception of Willie's friend Zacharias Wrench who chooses to call him 'Will' because he thinks it's more dignified. He is also friends with other village children:George an remember. He arrives at Mr Tom's house thinly clad, underfed and covered with painful bruises, and believing he is full of sin, as he has been brought up by a mother who regularly lashed him with a belt and was extremely religious, with strong opinions such as that people who copy go to hell when they die. However, Mr Tom, as Willie calls him, does not punish William as his mother did. In fact, Mr Tom seems to understand him, as he has never been known before. Even though Willie wets the bed for some time after he moves into the house, Mr Tom does not remonstrate him. Mr Tom and Willie just change the bedding without complaint. Realising
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