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Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
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Sep 10, 2015

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bookshelves: ya-fiction, wwi, ya-historical
Read in February, 2012

While right on target for my WWI fiction reading tastes, I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning. I was worried it was going to be too sentimental and lack any real depth - even for a YA novel. In the end, I was wrong.
Tommo is remembering his somewhat idyllic childhood growing up in rural England with his mother and two brothers. He falls in love and spends quite a bit of time playing in swaying fields and creeks. But when his brother signs up for war, Tommo follows.
While there could have been a little more character development, especially in Charlie's case, I certainly cared about the characters in the end and was quite moved.
It's short and has a direct approach that would appeal to some younger teens. I worry that this will be buried under some flashier titles. Recommended to war readers or other historical fiction readers.

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