Private Peaceful
Private Peaceful (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
From the Children's Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered."They've gone now, and I'm alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won't waste a single moment of it . . . I want tonight to be long, as long as my life . . ." For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly -- the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.

Book Details


  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Private Peaceful is about the life of Tom Peaceful before and through his drafting into World War One. With his Mother, Molly, and his brothers Charlie and Big Joe, he has many of great adventures, until the day when the army marches through the town. He is chosen to serve in the army, and he must leave the home he knows and loves.

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