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Private Peaceful

Age: 9+

Published: August 2012

ISBN: 9780007150076

Format: Paperback

Other editions

  • Hardback: 9780007150069
  • Ebook: 9780007477838
  • Audio CD: 9780007178445
  • Electronic Audio: 9780007452842
  • Playscript: 9780007224869
  • Reader: 9780007205486

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

Awards:

  • Shortlisted Carnegie Medal
  • Winner Red House Children’s Book Award
  • Winner Blue Peter Book Award (The Book I Couldn’t Put Down Category)
  • Winner South Gloucestershire LA Concorde Book of the Year Award
  • Shortlisted Blue Peter Best Book of the Last 10 Years

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This is a heartbreaking,deeply moving story. It is even better than the film(which is also good.)

WOW I love your books!!!!!
I mean what writer ( other than Michael Morpurgo ) takes a real story about a mother’s child that got shot for cowardliness! The friendship from Thomas ( Tommo) and Charlie is ..... Just!!
IT MADE ME CRY:( :( :( :(
Your books always make me cry!!!!
LOVE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS!!!!!!!

I like your book because I really like how you present Tommo’s life and how it had changed when he went to war. I liked how you represent the war. I found your book funny and I look forward to reading more of your amazing books.

I love the novel because I think that it is the best novel in the world

Such a great book, made me cry at times

I love this book. I learnt about it at school and it is sooo good

It is a such an amazing book. I also like the film

This is a deep, moving story set in the midst of the Second World War, where to brothers desperately fight for the same girl, the same house and the country they live in. It is an amazingly moving story, I wept until the last page was turned: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Caution: Have a full box of tissues beside you at all times!!!

Such an amazing book, read it and you`ll love it !!

I love the book

An inspiring novel in which you pick it up and it seems glued to your hands till a very sad moment in Morpurgo’s books: your done.

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 loved Private Peaceful because of the pure emotion and love that was shown throughout the story. It gave me a lovely insight on what the Great War was truly like and true sibling love, which is nothing like how me and my little sister scrap all the time! It made me cry a lot and it is very rare books can do that to me, it truly is a great masterpiece and Michael Morpurgo deserves all the thanks i can possibly give for his awesome creatively written stories!
Private Peaceful is definitely my favourite Michael Morpurgo book. He is a genius.
Stunningly written. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
It was deeply gratifying
Brilliant book, really made me think, would recommend to anyone. As well as the pure emotion in the book, it is also a great introduction to the First World War, and the horrors of the trenches