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A Mesmerizing Tale Of A Boy S Journey Across The Boundaries Of Reality, This Carnegie Medal Winner Has The Appeal Of Such Works As Indian In The Cupboard And Behind The Attic Wall If I Were Asked To Name A Single Masterpiece Of English Children S Literature It Would Be This Outstandingly Beautiful And Absorbing Book John Rowe Townsend, Author Of Written For Children


10 thoughts on “Tom's Midnight Garden

  1. says:

    I was surprised finding myself that I really liked this book This is my 98th book this year and just my 2nd children s fiction If this were not one of the children s books in the 501 Must Read Books, I would not have picked this up Time Slip is used brilliantly in the plot that you don t know between the two main characters, Tom or Hatty, is the ghost and who is a real human being To give you an example, in the movie Sixth Sense, you know right away who are the ghosts because the boy character says I see dead people Here, at first, I thought Hatty was clearly the ghost until she described Tom and then I did not know any Then in the end, there is another surprise but I will not tell you what as I do not want to spoil your reading.The final scene is the most heartwarming and moving scene in a children s book that I ve so far encountered Prior to this, my most moving scene was in the book Charlotte s Web 1952 specifically when the many baby spiders appear in the barn one morning while Charlotte the lady spider is explaining to Wilbur the pig the passing of time The difference between the two is that the characters in this book, Tom and the elderly Hatty, are real people so it is easy to identify with them They don t talk about anything profound like Charlotte and Wilbur but the revelation is so gripping that would not think that this book was published during the time when your parents were probably not born yet 1958.The grandfather s clock ringing on the 13th hour is for me very imaginative The ice skater reminded me of the movie Somewhere in Time. There are so many memorable elements in this book that had Pearce only used complex language, this book could be for adults and maybe classified as either a book under sci fi or horror genres or maybe a fusion of those Or throw in a love story between Tom and Hatty and this could be good material for a romantic movie.Intelligent writing Innovative plot Immensely imaginative Why is it that I am only reading these beautiful children s books now that I am past the mid point of my life here on earth Mind you, don t underestimate the children s books Sometimes, they are even complex and engaging than other popular bestsellers written with adult readers in mind.


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    Book 32 100 of 2015


  3. says:

    English manor homes seem to inspire a certain kind of time travel story They are usually dream like and include a friendship across the ages The only caveat, the protagonist from the present is usually unable to alter past events Tom s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce fits perfectly in this category and it s one of my favorite examples.Tom Long, the present day that being probably the 1950s protagonist is sent away to his aunt and uncle s flat while his brother recovers at home from the measles The flat, of course, was once a manor house and has sometime in the last fifty years been dived up into apartments The only clue to the house s history is an old grandfather clock that keeps perfect time but chimes at random.The clock is also the key for Tom to travel back in time to the Victorian era where he meets a girl about his age named Hatty Harriet Melbourne As the summer progresses, Hatty grows up Tom s goal during his short stay with his aunt and uncle is to learn the secret of the clock and to find out what happened to his friend Hatty.Tom s Midnight Garden is a short but extremely satisfying novel It is tightly plotted and populated with interesting and believable characters When the book ended I was both happy to have enjoyed the book and sad to say goodbye to Tom and Hatty Of course, I was partial to Hatty, having a Harriet of my own But even without that personal connection, I would have loved the novel.If you like this sort of time travel story, you might also enjoy A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley The House on the Strand Daphne du Maurier Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein Molly Dwyer review coming November 26th


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    I read this book 10 years ago, and it still haunts me.Tom is forced to stay with aunt and uncle for the holidays He hates the no garden ness of their city flat, and a cranky old landlady who lives in the attic One night, the old grandfather clock downstairs struck 13 Tom is led to open the back door, and he finds a blooming and live garden, which he learns later isn t there during the daytime.In the garden world, time stood still for him He befriends Hattie, a girl as lonely as he is But why is time skipping each night he visits there Sometimes it s summer, sometimes it s winter, sometimes Hattie is very young, sometimes she is nearly a young woman.After reading the summary above, maybe you think this is a ghost story At first that s what I thought, but it turns out to be not like that What I love about this book is how time and reality all seemed just a blur The author weaves Tom s day life with his life in the midnight garden deftly In his day life, Tom struggled to find the explanation to the garden Things are going bad to his mind when his stay at his aunt and uncle is nearly over, and he found he didn t want to leave the midnight garden, nor let it change.Carnegie Medal Winner 1958


  5. says:

    4.5 STARS.A truly magical story, entertaining for kids and adults alike The beauty of this book is how you can allow your imagination to run away with you, just as Tom does I will for sure pass this story probably this exact book because THAT COVER THOUGH and it has cute illustrations onto my kids as I think it s a great classic kids story I know this story well, I had the audio book on tape yes tape, I am 21, kids when I was a little girl but it was an abridged radio play dramatization style so it was such a luxury to be able to actually read the words, as if for the first time again It was a great nostalgia trip and I found myself feeling the tension I felt when I was tiny, WISHING Tom to go back to the garden and other such spoilery things A true delight, if you re a grown up like me, pick it up, read it, love it and hang onto it for your kids I knocked of.5 of a star because THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SERIES Imagine it, Tom spending entire summers there, growing up and still going back, maybe falling in love in the garden I m thinking a Narnia Famous Five vibe This story is SO good that I m rating it down for only being 227 pages longAlso Aunt Gwen is SO annoying and whiny so yeah.5 off This book is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


  6. says:

    I have been trying to read children s fiction books like this because I think that it is not the time for me to read heavy books that are harder to read I just think that I need to refrain from reading those kinds of books for a while because their darker themes are not really something I want to read about when I am stressed out from school.So I decided to read this book I think that it is a very delightful book It is a good book to read when the days are getting wearisome It is what people would call a light and easy read But it is also a fun book because there are twists and turns that just make you want to read on I definitely recommend this to anyone whether they are stressed out like me or not The story of Tom and his midnight garden is a wonderful story that anyone will enjoy


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    All this time I thought I had already added it to the shelf This is a true children s classic It is a beautiful, haunting evocative story of childhood, growing up, adulthood and old age It s also unbearably sad, in a happy kind of way, if that makes sense It s the story of life As a child and a teenager I used to have dreams about the Midnight garden, so did last night The story is about how two lonely children a liitle boy named Tom and a little girl named Hattie found each other s worlds and shared their lives The ending never fails to move me to tears I recommend it highly.


  8. says:

    If I ever need to cry, I pick up this book one of my favourites and skim right to the end, to the line he put his arms right round her and hugged her good bye as if she were a little girl What a beautiful book this is I was not a child when I read this but I want to read this to my children one day.


  9. says:

    This is another one of those titles that remember from school days but cannot remember reading Along with the rats of NIMH and the secret garden there were a list of books we had to read at school which I think at the time I dreaded or hated in equal measures but now look back with fondness and curiosity Well I had the chance to get a copy okay this copy for free and leapt at the chance to read it again I think And I must admit the memories all came flooding back yet the book reads both at times quaintly and a little out of date rather like the times I re read Porterhouse Major but then again this book was first written in the 50s so I cannot really hold it accountable for all my adult reservations Anyway the book is a great tale of loneliness and discovery put in a fashion only a rather frustrated and at times angry boy can put it The tale is delightful and one of hope which I think sometimes is missing in the world.I also know this has been dramatised many times and I remember it even being on TV which ironically many of my friends know the story from rather than the book oh how my heart sank But if you get the chance I will always say to read the original its always the best way.


  10. says:

    It has been several years since I last read this beautifully enchanting and somewhat haunting time slip tale about childhood, friendship, adolescence and the ocean swept passages of time.This being not only my favourite time travel book but perhaps my favourite stand alone novel of all time, I thought its about time I wrote a little something about it To be honest, I m triggered to writing this in a hope of promoting its position in a poll for our next time travel book of the month group read See, just as our protagonist, 12 year old Tom, longs to share his discoveries of the Midnight Garden with his sick bed ridden friend, I long to share this book with others around me.One of the many reasons for its ultimate impact is that it has the most profoundly moving revelation last act that brings the whole journey to an emotional crescendo.When I was a young early teen reading this, I would relate to the protagonist Tom and his mission to play, having been dispatched to boring uncle and aunt for the summer, to avoid catching measles from his bed ridden little brother at home Knowing how important it was to make the most of the summer holiday to play, I would feel for his plight and hope he finds this midnight garden quickly that the book title promises and so I would be enchanted at his magical discovery and the intriguing new found friendship in a girl called Hattie Then I would be bewildered at where the main story was going exactly, yet still be enraptured in the journey and then be stunned by its powerful conclusion At the time, the book became one of my instant favourites despite my love for fast pace action adventures and fantasies.However, as an adult, the book resonates in a much different way, deeper layers emerge about childhood innocence, growing up, and reflections on the passing phases of time, both good and bad Most of all, I marvel at how so well written this is, how the narrative effortlessly sweeps along with haunting effect and how wonderfully clever the time travel plot device had been woven in What is masterful about the narrative is how you know what is going on with some of the characters and their thoughts without the book spelling it out Its all in the expressions and that s where the narrative s power lies Though this book is written for YA, I feel adults would most likely pick up on these deeper unspoken layers.There isnt much to criticise about this book at all Just know this is a gentle paced novel with a quintessentially English setting It is a masterpiece of young adult literature but as the clich goes, this is a timeless book for readers of all ages Its not long, only 240 pages So friends, take a tiny break from your modern fiction, your fast paced thrillers, schools for wizards, vampires, spaceships or shades of grey For the next 2 3 days, let this book sweep you back in time, a time of simplicity, innocence, enchantment and poignant reflection then prepare to dab at your eyes for the knock out revelation ending 5 5