Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Book - 2003
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Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2003.
ISBN: 9780007150069
0007150067
0007150075
Branch Call Number: J FIC Morpu
Characteristics: 184 pages

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IV27HUjg
Aug 19, 2015

Also small print, CD.

Cdnbookworm Sep 14, 2012

This children's novel opens a door on the realities of the First World War. Thomas (Tommo) Peaceful is waiting for dawn, and thinking back on his life as a child in rural England.
We see the strong family ties he has, the difficulties faced by his family, particularly after his father's untimely death, and the social structures that existed. His love for his brothers: Big Joe, forever a child, and Charlie, a mentor and protector centers him.
Like many young men at the time, Tommo lied about his age to join up, wanting to stay with his brother. Barely sixteen, military life was a big change, particularly the powerless of individual soldiers, especially when they lacked good leaders.
The realities of war come to life, both the good and bad, the camaraderie and the deprivations. It asks the big question What is courage and shows the difficult decisions these young men faced.
A wonderful book.

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lucyanderson
Jun 14, 2011

really good book loved it

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