Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Book - 2003
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As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. He has lived through the terror of gas attacks and watched friends die by his side. But in the morning, Thomas will be forced to confront an even greater horror. As the minutes tick by, Thomas remembers his childhood spent deep in the countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. But each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can't bear to to think about--the moment when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.
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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