Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo

Reading Age: 10+

Interest level: 9+

by Michael Morpurgo

Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front, as he looks back over the formative events of his life: his father’s early death, his relationship with his loving mother and brothers, Big Joe and Charlie, and their beloved schoolfriend Molly – all set among an evocative and beautifully realised rural landscape.


Passionate, beguiling and moving, this award-winning story is also an unflinching examination of the horrors of war and the injustice surrounding the execution of soldiers by firing squad, on the – often false – grounds of desertion or cowardice. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo uses all his superb storytelling skills to weave this powerful, poignant tale of the horrors of World War I, which will touch readers of all ages.


Publisher: HarperCollins

About the author

  • Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include Listen to the Moon, A Medal for Leroy and Shadow. His novel War Horse has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.


    Children's Laureate 2003-2005


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Great book I love it Recommendation:8+

Rating: 5 star
26 March 2017

Awesome emotional

Rating: 4 star
2 December 2016

Myself and my mum read this book, it was an amazing book, very sad but thought provoking: I thought the book was really good, one problem is I can't take my eyes off it. Couldn't put it down. Hayden age 8

Rating: 5 star
Hayden L
9 August 2016

best book i have ever read - great, incredible. No moment of the book is boring

Rating: 5 star
private peacful
1 June 2016

This is a sad, moving book similar to Wonder and it can be sad, enchanting and more. This is a great book and I could not manage to release my grip on this book. It is a great and fun read good for readers who want a challenge. Michael morpurgo has written many books moving like this one.

Rating: 4 star
Barby primary school
19 May 2016

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