Tom's Midnight Garden

Tom's Midnight Garden

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Winner of the Carnegie Medal

From beloved author Philippa Pearce, this sixtieth-anniversary edition is the perfect way to share this transcendent story of friendship with a new generation of readers. Philip Pullman, bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, called Tom's Midnight Garden "A perfect book."

When Tom's brother gets sick, he's 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 to an old garden where he meets a young, lonely girl named Hatty.

Tom returns to the garden every night to have adventures with Hatty, who mysteriously grows a little older with each visit. As the summer comes to an end, Tom realizes he wants to stay in the garden 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 sixtieth-anniversary paperback is the perfect entrée for readers of all ages to the vivid world that The Guardian called "A modern classic." Features new interior spot art by Jaime Zollars.

Publisher: United States :, Greenwillow Books,, 2018
ISBN: 9780062696588
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2019


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VaughanPLDonnalee Feb 18, 2019

This lovely story has a timeless quality to it, which is perfect since it has long been considered one of the best children's time travel stories ever written. Published in 1958, Tom is sent to live temporarily with an aunt and uncle due to family illness. Tom is lonely and bored, until one night he hears the big clock strike 13. He goes to explore and discovers he can now enter a magical garden that is now attached to the house. Tom makes a friend in the garden of the past, but can two people from different eras be true friends? This beautiful story is a fun adventure story, but it also explores the meaning of friendship and issues of time and reality. Modern readers who are used to short, fast-paced modern books may find it slow at first, but if they stick with it, this story is still enchanting and magical. Highly recommended.

Jul 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this book as it was unrealistic but not fantasy plus the ending was great.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Tom is not pleased when told he must spend the summer with his aunt and uncle while his brother recovers from the measles. One look at his uncle and aunt's house, and he is sure he'll be bored out of his mind. However, one night, when the old grandfather clock mysteriously strikes thirteen, Tom makes an incredible discovery that makes him want to stay.

Sep 07, 2012

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! This is a classic that I like but do not enjoy, however well worth the $1 price tag at the library book sale. We spend so long time-traveling with Tom and enjoying his attempts in the present to talk about space-time with his uncle, that to discover abruptly at the end that Tom is actually visiting a dream plane with an old woman is fairly unsatisfying. And kind of weird. Wasn’t time travel interesting enough?

May 30, 2011

Great reading for kids and adults alike.

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Jun 13, 2012

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