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A wonderful piece of childhood
am 27. Mai 2016
If Philippa Pearce were still alive I would really love to thank her personally for this wonderful story. I stunbled across it by chance and bought it because I know a boy named Tom. And I was not disappointed. The story flows slowly, just like the stories I used to read when I was a boy myself. No "hard cuts" no "chasing scenes", just a wonderful little story well told.
In a world of big cities, of concrete, of cars and of walls a garden can be a great treasure for a kid growing up. In this book, Tom Long, a young boy, is sent to his aunt and uncle to avoid getting the measles from his brother Peter. Being in quarantine, Tom is not allowed to go anywhere out of the flat and even worse his uncle wants him to stay in bed from early evening until morning. No walking around at night, no reading. Lights off! Kids do need their sleep. But not being able to sleep so long after a boring day in a flat, Tom lies awake in his bed until the grandfather clock in the house strikes thirteen. When he goes down the stairs to have a look at the clock he finds a back door that leads into a wonderful garden that is only there around midnight. I won't tell you the rest of the story. You really should read it yourself. It's worth it.