Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

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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. Includes After Words bonus features. As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. He has lived through the terror of gas attacks and watched friends die by his side. But in the morning, Thomas will be forced to confront an even greater horror.
As the minutes tick by, Thomas remembers his childhood spent deep in the countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. But each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can't bear to to think about--the moment when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 103 x 179 x 15mm | 109g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0439636531
  • 9780439636537
  • 22,398

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate of Britain, is the author of War Horse, called "Superb" by the New York Times Book Review, and now a major motion picture. His other prize-winning books include Kensuke's Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Michael lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Clare. Together, they founded the charity Farms for City Children, which gives children from urban areas an opportunity to spend a week working on a farm in the countryside. You can find out more about him and his books at
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Rating details

21,096 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 44% (9,331)
4 35% (7,443)
3 16% (3,425)
2 3% (656)
1 1% (241)

Our customer reviews

Well I first read this book in school when I was 12, 6 years ago. I absolutely loved it, and as we were reading it at a pace of about 5 pages a week, I went out and bought it, and devoured it in about 2 nights. The ending was one of the first books I properly cried at- which is a big thing to do considering this is aimed at kids (that being said, I cry at anything), the story telling is just amazing. I've been wanting to buy this for so long just to have on my bookcase and here it is so that's great. My sister who can't stand reading, after much bribery from me, read this in about a week- and yelled at me because it made her cry (and she doesn't cry at just anything) and it helped to spark her love of reading. I just really love this book- I can't say that much more. It's not really about WW1- more to do with relationships, love and loss- and it just so happens to be set in WW1- however, the cover was one of the first things I liked about the book due to my interest in history- and I learned a lot from more
by Fiona
Michael Morpurgo is an author who has written over 100 books for children and teens. Published in 2006, Private Peaceful was his 100th book. Recommended for grades 7 and up, Private Peaceful tells the story of Thomas Peaceful, an English teen during World War I who was too young to fight, but lied about his age to join the war effort. It is haunting the way this book draws the reader into Thomas's life both before and during World War I. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about his early years, his relationships with his family, his motivations. In the end we see just how devastating the war was on Thomas's friends and family. There is definitely an unexpected twist in the story, and it leaves you feeling sad. I don't want to go into more detail than that because I don't want to spoil the story (the twist is not what you might expect from a war book). Private Peaceful is an interesting read, but not really a feel-good one. I'd recommend it for the valuable reminder it gives us of the devastating effects of war, and as a memorial to those who gave up their childhood and their lives in World War more
by Katy F.
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