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, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
Wednesday, 12th February 2014
Michael Morpurgo will launch Private Peaceful Day on March 31 with a live Q&A via satellite following special screenings of the film for schools. In a major screening event for schools, 100 cinemas including Picturehouse & Cineworld, will show the film across the UK as part of the Centenary commemorations of WW1. Students will then be able to watch Michael answer questions live about Private Peaceful after the screening. Schools attending the screenings will be invited to send in their questions, with the best being asked during the Q&A.
Wednesday, 15th January 2014
A new abridgement of Michael Morpurgo’s moving World War 1 story Private Peaceful is to be broadcast by BBC School Radio in 13 episodes.The first episode will be broadcast at 3.45 on Friday 17 January. Private Thomas Peaceful (Tommo), begins the recollection of his short life to date. He remembers his school days - shared with his elder brother, Charlie, and their friend, Molly - and the circumstances of his father’s death, for which he blames himself.
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I wasn’t into reading at all two years ago. I remember my mum giving me this book to read on holiday and me saying “Do I have to read’’ and my mum saying ‘‘yes, it’s good for you’’ and she was 100 percent right. This book changed my thoughts on reading all together. It is absolutely brilliant and I’ve read it three times all ready and it brings a tear to my eye every time. The story behind the war and the conflict is beautiful and I will read it for a fourth time very soon !!!
Private Peaceful is definitely my favourite Michael Morpurgo book. Our class studied it in English and it really made me appreciate so much about life: the way families look out for each other and how the Germans weren’t our only enemy during the war. My favourite character is Big Joe because he’s really kind and loveable, yet so misunderstood by many people, I wish I knew how Michael Morpurgo can always dream up such fascinating characters.
The book War Horse was good because we have never read it.
The book was about a war horse and that’s what we know because it on the front cover!
(I don’t know private peaceful is because I have never read it but I think its about a gun.)
Brilliant! I finished this book after only TWO days of reading it! I could not put the book down. The end was very sad and I nearly cried! I’ve read Farm Boy and War Horse but Private Peaceful is the best! I’m really excited to see the movie! Does anyone know what Michael Morpurgo book I should read next? I’ve been thinking about Waiting for Anya, Alone on the Wide Wide Sea, Shadow and My Friend Walter. Can anyone tell me which is the best one??!
i have not yet read thisbook but it looks fantastic
Privet Peaceful is my favourite book. It has made me cry, made me and angry and made me happy and laugh. I feel as though I have followed Tommo’s and Charlie’s story, it has been scary and has a lot of suspense. I really want to find out what happens next for Tommo, will he survive the War? This book now our class read and we all love it so much
I love this book. I am only on the first few chapters and I LOVE it!
Wow im on page 58 at the moment and i already love it. The charactor Molly is my favorite because she is kind and caring. Im not a girly girl but i cant help wanting to be like her, dose anyone know what happens to Molly in this book? this book is epic you haved to read it!
I think this book is AMAZING! Made me really open up to war books!!!
My favourite part of the book is when Tommo is talked to Anna for about 3 times but was falling in love with her. He started to look for her but, then he finds out she died because she was hit by a bomb. :( I nearly cried.
This book makes you open up to war books and makes your vey emotional. I really would like to watch the movie
I really want to know what he was like in real life because this book was based on a real person.
In Morpurgo’s novel, Private Peaceful is seriously wounded
but survives. Sadly, Military records show that the REAL Thomas peacefull (real name) died of wounds on June 4th 1915. ))) I love this book!
This book is very definitely a good book, thus i don’t like books with wars and all fights but this book really made me feel sad about that poor charlie peaceful.
we got this book from the school and we also saw the movie which really made us sad..
Such a good book.Loved every part of it wish it would not end!
I loved this book i want to know what happens next
I think it is a good website
i love michael morpurgo stories. this is the best story I read
Jelly bean says:
I’ve been reading private peaceful in our English class. We have done loads of different activities with the book. I think its such a great book! I have read loads of M M books and this one is in my top 10! Its such a moving book and i feel really sorry for Tommo when Molly and Charlie fall in love. The book is much better than the film! By the way! Im watching countryfile in the background and MM is on it! Talking about war horse!
pinkkie pie says:
i love this book and it is very nice we learned a lot about Micheal Morpurgo.
it’s a really sad book
Love this book!!! The ways Michael Morpurgo uses his words makes you want to read on from the very first word. This book is very good at giving you a picture of what is happening.
This book is the best and most moving book i have ever read.
I would definitely recommend this book to any person. Frankly I think that this is the best book of the century.
sadia c says:
best book ever and i read it with my class and my class were all sad
Soph xxx says: