Private Peaceful

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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LoveReading View on Private Peaceful

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.

Private Peaceful Synopsis

A stunning new edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring a new introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War.

Extra material: - Introduction by Michael Morpurgo - Inspiration letter by Michael Morpurgo - Background on the execution of British soldiers in WW1 for cowardice, including personal testimony from soldiers

Private Peaceful Reader Reviews

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 Press Reviews

His [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 

The best novel he's written since The Butterfly Lion. Times

Deserved to last as an insight into the First World War in the same way as, say, The Silver Sword or Goodnight Mr Tom. Telegraph

A poignant, elegiac novel. Daily Mail

'Dulce et Decorum Est' for pre-teens. John Walsh, author and Independent columnist

 

 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008191740
Publication date: 06/02/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780007486441
Publication date: 02/08/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007486441
Publication date: 29/05/2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008191740
Publication date: 6th February 2016
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children, The First World War

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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