Published: August 2012
Thomas “Tommo” Peaceful and his elder brother Charlie do everything together. They used to go to school together, face their problems together, sleep and eat together; they even loved the same girl… but now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all?
“Tommo’s journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told… Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively.” Independent
“Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive…” Sunday Times
From Shadow to Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy to Why the Whales Came, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of war in his books
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Friday, 20th March 2015
Pupils, librarians and teachers from 10 schools, gathered in the Main Hall at Latymer Upper School, to celebrate the inaugural Trinity Schools Book Awards.
Friday, 10th October 2014
A century on from the First World War, National Youth Theatre stage a stunning adaptation of Private Peaceful, based on the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo.
Tuesday, 20th May 2014
An innovative new, cross curricular resource from education charity Into Film and the National Literacy Trust offers teachers an array of stimulating possibilities for using Michael Morpurgo’s moving story Private Peaceful to develop literacy and bring World War I to life in its centenary year.
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When I read Private Peaceful, it was so good that when I was done, I almost burst out into tears.
It’s a good book
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
I love this book so much and I’m only on page 28!
I’m reading this book with my class in my school.
I would definitely recommend it.!!!!
brill keep up the good work
this book is so cool
This book is great even though I’m 8
it is very good
This book almost made me cry buckets of tears and believe me, I rarely cry. I was touched by the powerful love and the message of this book.
This book is brilliant!
I love this book! I must be one of Morpurgo’s biggest fans and this book is one of my favourites. Although I’m only ten I love war stories and I’ve read this book many times. It has really touched me and made me think about the war and how innocent people gave up their lives. It starts of sounding like its going to be a happy story but the tail twists at the end. A five star read.
Amazing book, few times I have been so addicted to reading!
Incredible and Mesmorizing !!
i just love it
it is an amazing book which has mixed emotions in one book.jealousy and anger and joy.this book really touches the heart and makes us think deeply
I have just read your fantastic book and would like you to make the second part.You should do it about little Tommo going to the second world war and making him think that his father was Tommo.If you create this book you should do as you did with the last one,say to little Tommo at war that his real father was his brother and him Tommo was his uncle.I have read this book at my school s.t.Georges of Malaga.
This is a good book.
Private Peaceful is the best book I EVER READ! I’m in academic Pentathlon and we read this book. Michael Morpurgo is my favorite author I read all his books But this one was the best. It is sad but has lots of action. Ever since I read that book it changed my life of reading. Thank you Michael Morpurgo for this awesome book.
I also liked reading. I used to read in my primary school a lot but now when I’ve moved to my secondary school, I have to read Private Peaceful. I don’t really like war stories but after reading two pages, I found it quite interesting. I carried on reading and now I’m on page 110.
I feel Private Peaceful is a kind of book that has real magic, because it made me feel that i could never put it down. Private Peaceful was truly gripping each time I picked it up and put it down!