What is private peaceful about

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what is private peaceful about

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

From the Childrens Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered.

Theyve gone now, and Im alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I wont 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.
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Private Peaceful - Book Review

Private Peaceful Summary

Private Peaceful follows the early life of Tommo Peaceful , and is told from his perspective. He is nervous about his first day of school, but his brother Charlie reassures him and gives him a piggyback on the way. Tommo is dreading school, but once he has arrived he meets a girl named Molly , who helps him to tie his shoelaces and smiles at him. Tommo knows from this first day that Molly will become his friend. Tommo has a flashback to a day in the woods with his father.

The main characters in the story are Charlie and Tommo Peaceful, brothers who decide to fight in the war; Big Joe, Charlie and Tommo's older.
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Private Peaceful Synopsis

The main characters in the story are Charlie and Tommo Peaceful, brothers who decide to fight in the war; Big Joe, Charlie and Tommo's older brother, who sadly has learning difficulties; Molly, a girl who befriends Charlie and Tommo; and Sergeant 'Horrible' Hanley, a cruel sergeant. The book is set from around the beginning of the twentieth century to around the end of the first world war. Before you start reading about the plot, there is something you must know: the Peaceful brothers' father is dead. You will have to find out how he died for yourself. The story begins while the Peaceful brothers are walking to school, with their mother. It is Tommo's first ever day at school, and he is extremely scared, mostly because of Charlie's teacher, Mr Munnings and his cane.


  1. Skye F. says:

    The novel revolves around the life of Thomas Tommo Peaceful as he recounts his memories.

  2. Kelly S. says:

    Private Peaceful is a novel for older children by Michael Morpurgo, first published in Although this novel is for older children, it is also regarded as a great.

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