Tuesday, May 17, 2011

booktalk tuesday

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce

IndieBound Description: Tom is furious. His brother, Peter, has measles, so now Tom is being shipped off to stay with Aunt Gwen and Uncle Alan in their boring old apartment. There'll be nothing to do there and no one to play with. Tom just counts the days till he can return home to Peter.Then one night the landlady's antique grandfather clock strikes thirteen times leading Tom to a wonderful, magical discovery and marking the beginning of a secret that's almost too amazing to be true. But it is true, and in the new world that Tom discovers is a special friend named Hatty and more than a summer's worth of adventure for both of them. Now Tom wishes he could stay with his relativesand Hatty -- forever...

My Thoughts: My friend Libby and I agree that this is perhaps one of the best children's books ever. I didn't like scary stories when I was younger but I loved this. Maybe because even though it was suspenseful and mysterious, it never felt threatening.