Author: Michael Morpurgo
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Diaries and Journals, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
World War I, Siblings, Growing Up, Country Life, Coming of Age
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.