Tom's Midnight Garden
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Tom's Midnight Garden

by Philippa Pearce
Release date: 1958
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult

Synopsis of the Greenwillow Books 2018 edition:

Two children form a bond that withstands the test of time in this classic Carnegie Medal–winning novel from beloved author Philippa Pearce. This 60th anniversary paperback is perfect for sharing this transcendent story of friendship with a new generation of readers. Philip Pullman, bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, calls Tom’s Midnight Garden “A perfect book.”

When his brother gets sick, Tom is shipped off to spend what he’s sure will be a boring summer with his aunt and uncle in the country. But then Tom hears the old grandfather clock in the hall chime thirteen times and he’s transported back in time to an old garden, where he finds a friend in a young, lonely girl named Hatty. Tom returns to the garden every night to have adventures with Hatty, who grows a little older with each visit. Their friendship transcends time and age, and as the summer comes to an end, Tom realizes he wants to stay with Hatty forever.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Tom’s Midnight Garden is a classic of children’s literature and a deeply satisfying time-travel mystery. This newly repackaged 60th anniversary paperback is the perfect entree for readers both old and new to the vivid world of the book The Guardian in 2007 called it “A modern classic.” Features new interior spot art by Jaime Zollars.

updated 2017-08-22

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