It’s been a long time since I read Goodnight Mister Tom at school. Picking it up again twenty five years later I wondered how good I would find it. I needn’t have worried. This wonderful story captured my attention from the very beginning and I became so caught up in Tom and Will’s lives that I didn’t want it to end. Set during World War Two, William Beech has been evacuated from London and is placed with Tom Oakley, thanks mainly to his proximity to the local church, as Willie’s God-fearing mother requested he be close to a church. They seem an unlikely match, the gruff old man who keeps himself to himself and the thin, timid young boy, but there lies the joy of the story, in watching their relationship grow.
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