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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce - review

Tom's Midnight Garden explores time and how it can be turned back. It is a very exciting book that has a hidden mystical presence and all the time you are reading it you find lots of clues that all add up to one big surprise at the end; but when it comes to it, you realise you've known all along.

It all starts when Tom's brother Peter gets the measles at the start of the summer holidays. Tom is taken away to his aunt and uncle's against his will; not
allowed to be in his house in fear of catching measles but not allowed to mix
with the public in case he already has them. So he has to spend all day every
day cooped up inside with nothing in the slightest to interest him. He is trying to get to sleep when he hears the old grandfather clock strike one – no hang on two – it had skipped an hour and yet it carried on – three, four, five!

"Yes, and it hadn't finished yet: Eleven! Twelve! 'Fancy striking midnight twice
in one night!' jeered Tom, sleepily. Thirteen! proclaimed the clock, and then
stopped striking."

This is an extremely good book about going back in time and I would recommend it to people who need a change because there aren't many books like it. It would appeal to nearly all ages as I first read it when I was eight and still love it now I am twelve. So if you come across it in your library or bookshop, do pick it up, you won't regret it.

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