"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 childh ...more
I would recommend it to anyone, especially to other history 'nerds' like me. As it is the type of book that lives on even after you turn the last page. No matter how many times I've read it, it never seems to lose my interest. It is a very popular book used in schools, but I think people of all ages can relate and feel connected in some way to this story and the characters within it, not just children.
After reading I can't help but think ...more
I would reccommend this to you all who like to cry over a book, but I warn you to have a tissue when your near the end, because you'll cry your heart out.
This book is passionate and brings you deep, letting you know how the characthers feeling and wishing it could change to a happy ending, but it also tells you what war and true love and brotherly friendship is about.
It tells you how Charlie and Tommo Peaceful come to at the end, and I wish I have never read this ...more
The life of Tommy peaceful and his brother Charlie are documented in this 187 page book. It’s a very quick read as well. I’ve read this many times throughout my life and will continue to do so as it is so well written and it isn’t just a kids book but a book for everyone.
The novels follows their childhood up to their conscription into the army to fight in World War 1 and the difficulties o ...more
The writing was amazing and the plot was just so good.
When reading this I felt all the feelings and I felt extremely attached to all the characters, maybe not the horrible ones but all the nice ones. It has certainly made me feel that what they did and how the soilders were being treating during the first world war. It wa ...more
Don't let my new rating system fool you: this is not an awful book. However, at times, I really disliked reading it. That's why I could only rate this one star.
I had to read this for college, but didn't have time to post a review yet. I had to evaluate whether this could be used in the classroom and create an activity based on the book. Please note I am going to review my own enjoyment (or lack thereof), n ...more
Priavate Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, is rich in history and leaves the reader pondering the next sequence of events. In World War One the Peaceful's are struggling to keep a house on the Colonel's property with the recent death of their father. A strong possible option is war.
Morpurgo develops both the main character, Thomas, also known as Tommo, and sub characters like real people. The characters are engaging with their human strengths and weaknesses. The characters are developed directly; mo...more
The stage is set on the harrowing battlefield. A young man, Private Peaceful, as he is known, is counting down the hours until his untimely death. As the minutes tick by, he watches his life flash in front of his own eyes. He sees how unsure of himself he was as a little child; his ultimate loneliness as his brother leaves him to go off to school. When his brother joins the “Bigguns” in the upper school, he is left stranded with the “Tiddlers”, the lower school ...more
Private peaceful is a book that gives each word a new meaning, something that gives the reader a new perspective on a family living through difficult times. What you thought you knew about life during war, alters. Private Peaceful tells of one's journey through life through the eyes of two brothers, Thomas, referred to as Tommo, and his older brother Charlie- the bold-minded boy who is not afraid to speak his mind to anyone about anything. As these two grow up with war in the backs of their mind ...more
This novel is ostensibly written for older children/young adults by the author of the more famous War Horse (which I have also read). It is, however, worth adding this novel to the library of anyone having an interest in the subject.
Even though the novel is aimed at the younger reader, it doesn't shy away from telling a hard ...more
• APA citation: Morpurgo, M. (2003). Private Peaceful. London: Collins.
• Genre: Historical Fiction
• Awards (If applicable): N/A
• Format: Print
• Selection Process: Recommendation
Private Peaceful is a wonderful read for any age. Targeted to pre-teens this story takes place during World War I and is told by Thomas. Thomas is the younger brother to Charlie. We are treated to this story through a series of Thomas' memories of growing up with their older brother Big Joe and par ...more
The story begins with Private Tommo Peaceful reflecting life from the battlefields of the First World War. He th ...more
Reading level: easy, short book
Genre: historical fiction, World War I, WWI, soldiers
Read alikes: War Horse, Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo is one of my favorite authors, and this book is, in my opinion, one of his best. Incredibly, "Private Peaceful" is Michael Morpurgo's 100th book.
"Private Peaceful"is a short and easy read but, boy, the story will stay with you for a long, long time. It takes place during WWI when many young men were eager to take part in the war. Some ...more
In WW1 over 300 British soldiers were executed by firing squad, some for desertion and cowardice. Many were traumatised by shell-shock. Some 90 years later they received posthumous pardons from the British Government, after a campaign helped by Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful .