Private Peaceful by Michael MorpurgoFrom 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.
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo - review
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.
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Private Peaceful (2012) Molly meets the Peaceful Brothers
The novel revolves around the life of Thomas Tommo Peaceful as he recounts his memories. Tommo has two older brothers. His oldest brother, Big Joe , has damage to his brain and so suffers from some developmental delays but is a kind person who loves animals. His second-oldest brother, Charlie, is an intelligent man and a person of integrity who makes a number of decisions that preserve the weak and anger the strong. Tommo is also infatuated with Molly , one of his classmates. Tommo, Molly, and Charlie grow up together and have a number of adventures, including confronting their great-aunt known as the 'Wolfwoman' and being some of the first people in their village to ever see an airplane. However, as time goes on, Thomas begins to feel isolated and excluded due to the growing connection between Molly and Charlie, who fall in love.
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. Tommo meets a girl called Molly, who helps Tommo tie his laces.