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    Private Peaceful

    Private Peaceful

    by Michael Morpurgo

    Private Thomas Peaceful has left his family behind. He has lied about his age. He has followed his older brother Charlie to France to fight in the First World War. Now, after living through the terror of gas attacks, watching childhood friends die by his side, battling the lice, the rats, the mud, and the sheer exhaustion of staying alert, young Thomas has been ordered to stand night watch over the battlefields, where the enemy lurks in the darkness. If Thomas falls asleep, he will be shot. As the minutes tick by, Thomas's memories are full of his childhood spent deep in the countryside. But every moment Thomas spends thinking about his life brings him another moment closer to something he cannot bear to thing about--a time when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.

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    by Morpurgo, Michael

    As the enemy lurks in the darkness, young Thomas Peaceful struggles to stay awake keeping watch through the long night, remembering his childhood spent deep in the English countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. 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. Why did he lie about his age to fight in World War I? He used to know the answer. Now, he's not sure, and all he can think about is, will anyone make it out of this alive?

    Michael Morpurgo's riveting wartime novel follows the fortunes of a unique hero who uses memory to endure the unendurable as he finds himself swept up in the terrifying tide of human history. This is historical fiction at its best.

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Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
860L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.2

Guided Reading Level:
X

Age:
12-14

Genre:
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Subject:
World War I, Siblings, Growing Up, Country Life

About This Book

Private Thomas Peaceful has left his family behind. He has followed his older brother Charlie to France to fight in the First World War. Now, young Thomas has been ordered to stand night watch over the battlefields.

As the minutes tick by, Thomas's memories are full of his childhood spent deep in the countryside. But every moment Thomas spends thinking about his life brings him another moment closer to something he cannot bear to think about a time when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.


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