Private Peaceful

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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LoveReading View on Private Peaceful

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.

Private Peaceful Synopsis

"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.

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

" '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: 9780007486441
Publication date: 29th May 2004
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, 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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