Written by Michael Morpurgo
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Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That’s because it’s the one that most touched a nerve with him, that he was most passionate about and as a consequence he lost himself completely in it while writing. The story of a young farm boy who took on the nightmare of the trenches in the first world war is essential reading not just for a child starting out in life but for parents of any age. It’s a brilliant story about childhood, about growing up too young, it’s about loss and friendships and love and war. The author’s anger at the appalling treatment of young men in the story is clear and the hope is that the British government will realise their wrong-doing and pardon ALL those young men whose story this was written for.
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Private Peaceful. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'A mixture of emotions... This book is amazing and one of my friends has already borrowed it from me! I would recommend this book to any fans of Michael Morpurgo as I think it is his best book yet!'
- Katie Johnson, age 9 - 'I found Private Peaceful extremely touching. In this book you discover the lives of the soldiers who lived during the World Wars...I would give it 10 out of 10.'
- Izzy Read, age 12 - 'a very emotive and inspiring book.'
- Ashley Masters, age 16 - 'Private Peaceful is a very emotive book. The book is full of jealousy, grief, joy and anger (basically all emotions). I believe that Michael Morpurgo has done a very good job of hooking the reader into the book and making them read on and on.'
- Emma Baird, age 11 - 'Tommo’s father died when he was younger and it’s something Tommo feels very responsible for...'
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
"Tommo" Peaceful is recalling his childhood from those terrible battlefields. He remembers his big brother Charlie taking him to his first day of school, the death of his father, his mum working hard to keep a roof over their heads and food on their table. He remembers his brother Joe, who some called simple, but who to Tommo was very special. He also recalls the only girl in his life, Molly, and how Charlie somehow took her away from him. But as the World turned to War, he had to grow up fast. Together Charlie and Tommo enlist and are sent to France, almost immediately, to what could only be described as pure hell on Earth. Bullets, bombs, death. Shells, noise, dirt. Disease, rats, stench. Charlie and Tommo fight for their lives and to stay together--facing certain death in the face every time they try to advance the British lines.
" 'Dulce et Decorum Est' for pre-teens." John Walsh, author and Independent columnist
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
29th May 2004
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