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Review: Good Night
Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
Title & Author: Good
Night Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian; Harper Trophy,
Length: 318 pages; no
illustrations; definitely a challenge.
Print size: Small; common
Other readability issues: This
story is set in England "on the brink of World War II."
The cultural setting and the time difference will be challenging;
it could help to provide pictures to help students visualize
Summary: Willie Beech
is sent with other children out to rural England, away from
the city. Mr. Tom takes him in, and finds Willie has more
to escape from than the other children.
Typical words: Here are
some typical words from the stories; it would be wise to see
how many of these your students can read before expecting
them to read independently.