Tom's Midnight GardenPhilippa Pearce
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.
Philippa Pearce is the author of more than thirty books for children in the United States and England. Her award-winning titles include Tom’s Midnight Garden, which received the Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Notable book, and Mrs. Cockle’s Cat, which received the Kate Greenaway Medal. Philippa Pearce is also the author of The Little Gentleman and The Minnow on the Say. She died in 2006.