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Product description

“I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won’t waste a single moment of it… I want tonight to be long, as long as my life…”

As young Private ‘Tommo’ Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the blazing battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of his family life deep in the countryside. But the clock is ticking. Every moment Tommo spends remembering the past brings him another moment closer to morning, when his life will change in the most shocking and heartbreaking way… In this impassioned tale, former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo explores the legacy of violence, and the forgotten fate of the soldiers shot for cowardice in the Great War. One of the most striking novels of recent years, this intense and heartfelt reflection on war casts an unshakeable spell.

Product Details






HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

May 29th, 2004

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Middle years; 7.0 points

Other details
  • 192 pages


UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731



  1. Freddie
    on 26 September 2011

    Private Peaceful

    the most innocent and pure book i have ever read, so true to itself and an incredibly well writ novel, truly beautiful

    5out of 5
  2. Rubba B@b3i
    on 6 March 2011

    private peacelful

    best book ever read- amazing definitely should read

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2016

    i loved it one of the best books ever. i read it last year ! AMAIZING! u must read!

    5out of 5
  2. Fairy thumb 11

    on 3 March 2016

    The book is not that bad but in some parts i Sincerely NOT HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY MEANT.

    4out of 5
  3. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 24 February 2015

    I thought this was a deeply moving book and I don`t usually cry when I read books but6 at the end of private peaceful I cried it was so sad.

    3out of 5
  4. Avatar lion 761782

    on 20 October 2014

    A very sad and touching book. 10/10

  5. Avatar lion 761782

    on 22 August 2014

    one of the best books i have ever read. So sad but a great story.

    5out of 5
  6. Abigail 113288

    on 17 July 2014

    Had this as a guided reading book. All of us on our table thought it had an unexpected ending. This book shows you the true hardship of life for a boy living through World War One. It is told as Thomas Peaceful is remembering his younger days. The layout of this story is unusual as it uses times as chapter headings.

  7. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    this book should come with a free box of tissues!

    3out of 5
  8. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    A poignant book that I immediately fell in love with. Passionate and deep, it is a story about true love and friendship- you’ll cry your hearts out, helplessly wanting to change the fates of the characters that you grow to love.

  9. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    Loved this book. recommend to read

  10. Avatar owl 761790

    on 27 February 2014

    This book is amazing. We read it in school and I couldn’t help myself from buying it at home and reading on ahead. It is sad but a great page turner.

    5out of 5
  11. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 21 December 2013

    Loved it

    5out of 5
  12. Bellasara 113282

    on 16 December 2013

    I love this book because it actually looks like its for real and has a sweet memorial in it. :)

  13. Avatar cat 761729

    on 11 December 2013

    It was quite a good book, and used a lot of descriptive and emotive language. It was an enjoyable read- but in some parts it was a bit too emotional, and a bit too sad.

    4out of 5
  14. Pearl 113298

    on 7 December 2013

    Read this book. I think it’s awesome it sad though.

    5out of 5
  15. Avatar owl 761790

    on 28 November 2013

    I LOVED this book It has a mixture of greed, love and friendship.

    5out of 5
  16. Gruffalo 113679

    on 25 November 2013

    Well I’ve only read about 4 pages and it pulls you in straight away so I would give it a try! Michael Morpurgo is one of my all time favourites!!!

    5out of 5
  17. Default avatar

    on 2 November 2013

    it is a good book

  18. Avatar lion 761782

    on 30 October 2013

    I’ve read this through once completely and am now reading it at school as part of our work. I cry every time I read the ending.

    It’s an incredibly emotional story and I connect to Tommo as he tells his story.

    5out of 5
  19. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 26 October 2013

    I’ve read this through once completely and am now reading it at school as part of our work. I cry every time I read the ending.

    It’s an incredibly emotional story and I connect to Tommo as he tells his story.

    Michael Morpurgo has always been one of my favourite authors, he writes with such emotion and clarity. This book is one of my favourites.

    5out of 5
  20. Hayley 113303

    on 22 October 2013

    i loved this book

    5out of 5
  21. Avatar bat 761713

    on 20 October 2013

    Five star! I couldn’t stop reading and I’ve read it a thousand times. It makes me cry everytime, it makes me laugh everytime: it moves emotions the sae way a lost puppy can. Five star every time!

    5out of 5
  22. Room on the broom 113684

    on 12 October 2013

    so far very interesting :)

    4out of 5
  23. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 2 September 2013

    I love this book Michael Morpurgo this is a classical. Thanks Amy x

    5out of 5
  24. Evie 113313

    on 25 April 2013

    emotional book about a young boy called tommo

    5out of 5
  25. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 11 April 2013

    This book is absolutley fantanstic. It is a very emotional novel about war. It keeps you waiting for the circumstances. I reccomend this book to people aged 8 to any.

    5out of 5
  26. Default avatar

    on 9 March 2013

    A sad but really wonderful and heart breaking book

  27. Jane blonde 113694

    on 8 March 2013

    i would like to read this book,it seems really interesting

  28. Bellasara 113282

    on 8 March 2013

    A great book, with a sad ending though. I’d recommend to Michael Morpurgo fans aged 10+.

    5out of 5
  29. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2013

    I loved the bond tommy had with his brother and was really sad when tommoys brother got shor I felt so sad, I mean what about is baby and his girlfriend , such a good and heartbreaking book I loved this book

  30. Default avatar

    on 19 February 2013

    This book is not Private but peaceful.

  31. Fairy thumb 11

    on 1 January 2013

    This book was good but sometimes it got confusing because of the time changing.But overall it was a good book.I would recommend this book for 10+.

  32. Evie 113313

    on 15 December 2012

    Now, although this seems like a cliched story, it is anything but that! I love the way Michael Morpurgo tells the story, as we get to understand Big Joe, and we feel so sorry for Tommy. It allows you to be so much more grateful for the life around you and to understand how precious it is to know that you won’t get shot at any moment by an enemy! One of the very best books I’ve ever read.

    5out of 5
  33. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 11 September 2012

    this book is really intersting this boook is safe lalalalalal!!!!!!!! . woah!

    5out of 5
  34. Hayley 113303

    on 13 July 2012

    I was crying after i finshed that is how sad it is. if you want to read it please ask your parents 1st. that is how sad it is.

    4out of 5
  35. Bs turtle thumb 130

    on 1 July 2012

    I give this book 6 out of 5 stars. AMAZING. Very sad though so be warned.

    5out of 5
  36. Stargirl 113407

    on 7 March 2012

    This is a very powerful book. It really makes you think about the war and what people expected and how different it really was when you got there. It is also about a love triangle and friendships. We read it at school and I’m really glad I did as I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!

  37. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2012

    Really sweet story. I was so upset when I had finally realised what had happened to Charlie! * * *

  38. Evie 113313

    on 3 March 2012

    i love michael morpurgo and this just has to be one of his best books!!!!!!!

  39. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2012

    one of his best books but the ending made me cry.

    5out of 5
  40. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2012

    i wish stuff like in this book never happened in real life

  41. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 2 March 2012

    This is a great book and it is very powerful. It is another Michael Morpurgo gem. It is set in WW1 and is about 2 brothers. It starts off with them aged 3-4 and goes all the way till they are adults and they enlist as soldiers. It ends really sadly – i won’t tell you how, or it will spoil it- and i cried but overall it is a great book, and i recommend it for ages 12+

  42. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    i liked this book and i do think boys would like to read this book as it was about war.

    4out of 5
  43. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    This book is my other favourite book by Michael Morpurgo. However, it is very sad at the end.

    5out of 5
  44. Avatar bat 761713

    on 7 January 2012


    5out of 5
  45. Avatar owl 761790

    on 2 December 2011

    it is very good and sad was well

    5out of 5
  46. Default avatar

    on 27 November 2011

    I Love the book Its About the war and its a quite of a happy ending but i wont tell you too much i dont want to give it away the main character is tommo and he has 2 brothers and its about the past :)

  47. Stargirl 113407

    on 4 November 2011

    This book was really good – even though it was a bit sad at the end! :(

    4out of 5
  48. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 29 October 2011

    this book is my fav book

    5out of 5
  49. Bellasara 113282

    on 20 October 2011

    This is a cool book but is very sad. However I still enjoyed reading this book by the wonderful michael morpurgo.

  50. Percy 112876

    on 22 September 2011

    Amazing the best book ever. Quiet sad and written great.

    5out of 5
  51. Avatar princess 761798

    on 18 August 2011

    i love this book . i love the way the author has hooked you in the second you start reading

    5out of 5
  52. Hayley 113303

    on 17 May 2011


    5out of 5
  53. Jane blonde 113694

    on 15 April 2011

    I love this book i’m reading it at the moment and it just keeps getting better but not atall better because of the sad bits i’m up to the part where big joe goes missing :(

    5out of 5
  54. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 April 2011

    This is a FABULOUS book.My teacher read this to us in class and I want to buy it and read it again.

    5out of 5
  55. Stargirl 113407

    on 4 April 2011

    Hello :) I have read this book lots and lots and it never fails to make me cry. I strongly recoment this book. Most of my friends love it too. If you like a gripping story then this is the book for you! By the end you will be in tears turning the last page. It will have you page turning untill the end! Give this book a read. You will love it!

    5out of 5
  56. Hayley 113303

    on 24 March 2011

    I have read this book and it is realy realy good and all of my freinds have 2 and they loved it

    5out of 5
  57. Evie 113313

    on 5 March 2011

    its ok i say it is not thet good thow

  58. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2011

    I lyk the story gud and weare doing it in english and do ulot remember wen molly gets chnged front of tommo and charlie but before dat charlie and molly get change together den molly dares tommo to do it she watches him

  59. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    A great book by michael morpurgo!! Ididn’t want to put it down

    5out of 5
  60. Avatar lion 761782

    on 3 March 2011

    I like the look of this book. with the butterfly’s on the front and everything i would so love to read it.

  61. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    suh a good book

  62. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    this books quite sad but i loved it all the way throgh

  63. Fairy thumb 11

    on 3 March 2011

    Michael Morpurgo creates an intense atmosphere, which emphasizes the surroundings, the relationships between characters and how they feel.

  64. Lion 113522

    on 3 March 2011

    I think this was brilliant. The ending was sad, but wasn’t boring. My mum even read it because I told her it was such a fantastic book. It even bought her to tears. You really get to know the characters. And they become nearly your friend. If you are considering reading/buying this book, consider no longer! Buy/read it now. I have recomended to my friends and they all loved the book. Another great read from author Micheal Morpurgo.

    5out of 5
  65. Clarice thumb 136

    on 3 March 2011

    I loved this book, I love war stores but this has to be one of my all time favourites! :)

    5out of 5
  66. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    it is very good and made me cry, it is a very emotional book,

  67. Clarice thumb 136

    on 27 February 2011

    This book is absolutely heart-breaking, though I read it when I was 8 so did not touching, if I read it again I would cry.

    5out of 5
  68. Fairy thumb 11

    on 24 February 2011

    this book is full of love courge and cowardice some parts can get boring but its good!

    4out of 5
  69. Avatar owl 761790

    on 23 February 2011

    It is a pure classic! Join Tommo and his flashbacks to discover the mystery behind his love life.

    5out of 5
  70. Jane blonde 113694

    on 14 February 2011

    Absolutely BRILLINT!!!

    5out of 5
  71. Evie 113313

    on 8 January 2011

    I am really enjoying this book (as I am reading it in my English class at school) and can’t wait until the end!

    An epic piece of writing.

  72. Evie 113313

    on 6 January 2011

    So sad, read it in school its all about this boy named tommo and charlie

    i recommend it to anybody who likes sad stories

    enjoy,to whoever reads it and keep some tissues on the side with just in case

    5out of 5
  73. Hayley 113303

    on 9 December 2010

    its really good but i wish you could read the whole of the books that u chse

    5out of 5
  74. Pirate2small 108060

    on 29 November 2010

    This book is brilliant. The excessive amount of thought put into it is outstanding. It is so clever, and extremely sad, yet at the same time so gripping and complex. Possibly not for younger children, as it may be a bit too complicated, but anyone from the age of 11 up can read this book and enjoy it. Truly magnificent.

    5out of 5
  75. Hayley 113303

    on 5 November 2010

    i think this novel is adorable its the most adorable story ive ever read in my life

    4out of 5
  76. Love stargirl 113412

    on 10 September 2010

    A really good book

  77. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 August 2010

    I enjoyed reading this book but it wasn’t my favourite beacause i prefer fantasy so… It was verry well written though

    3out of 5
  78. Stargirl 113407

    on 26 June 2010

    I loved this book captures the war with great success. It brings tears to your eyes from start to finish.

    5out of 5
  79. Love stargirl 113412

    on 18 May 2010

    It was good!

    4out of 5
  80. Bellasara 113282

    on 11 March 2010

    michael morpurgo is one of the best writers i have ever known, his entire collection of books has me captivated and inspired. i read private peaceful as a school project at first but have read it several times since because i found it son enjoyable i would reccommend this book to anyone! five stars!

    5out of 5
  81. Default avatar

    on 7 February 2010

    This book is really good. I think it is really emotinal and it makes you think about the 1000’s of people who lost their lives during WW1. Michael Morpurgo portrayed being a WWW1 soldier brilliantly.

  82. Love stargirl 113412

    on 22 January 2010

    This book is an emotional tale of two young brothers and their relationship throughout their childhood. I would definately recomend this book to children aged 10+. Any younger than that and it will be a bit too complicated!

    5out of 5
  83. Clarice thumb 136

    on 3 January 2010

    This is one of the best books ever! It has everything: humour, sadness, love, fighting and regret. For everyone who has ever hurt and wanted to be in the war (you probably won’t after reading it, though!) But this book is BRILL!

    5out of 5
  84. Gruffalo 113679

    on 9 December 2009

    Amazing book

    5out of 5
  85. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 1 December 2009

    WOW!!! this book is amazing! it’s written so well and it’s emotional and just a book i would recommend!

    5out of 5
  86. Percy 112876

    on 8 November 2009

    This is a brilliant book, i have read it twice and planning on to read it again!

    5out of 5
  87. Stargirl 113407

    on 12 October 2009

    This book was one of the deepest and saddest books I’ve ever read. I nearly cried at the end! Michael Morpurgo wrote this book really well and he made me feel sorry for the main character. I’d recommend this to anyone with a small bit of knowledge about WW2 and someone who is 10+ would probably find this the most interesting.

    5out of 5
  88. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 11 September 2009

    This book, as you can see from my profile, is my favorite book, along with Born to Run, both by Michael Morpurgo. I’m not the only person that likes it, as it is the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award. Private Peaceful is a book about a boy called Thomas Peaceful, and other members of his family like Charlie Peaceful. They go everywhere together, but when Thomas starts school, they get split up.

    5out of 5
  89. Stargirl 113407

    on 9 September 2009

    I had to read this for a school book, it was really good but quite upsetting when… well, read it and you’ll find out!

    5out of 5
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    on 31 August 2009

    His book is about a boy called tommo who is looking over his child hood life of him and his brother in world war two battle field.

    5out of 5
  91. Default avatar

    on 6 June 2009

    This was an excellent book by an excellent author.

    5out of 5
  92. Bs crab thumb 237

    on 9 May 2009

    woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow amaaaaaazing i looooove booookss private peacful is breath taking ammmaazinggg man just see how good it is by reading the first sentens mazing

    5out of 5
  93. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 30 April 2009

    I love this book because of all the description and the way the Michael Morpurgo slowly came to the end and the way he descriped the young soldiers life and the way he felt because he knew his brother would die.

    5out of 5
  94. Love stargirl 113412

    on 15 February 2009

    I loved this book when i was reading this i was in cowrth-flexlands and we read it in class. my teacher said it was good so we all read it we went on until we came to the end and i remember someone in my class crying at the end fo the book i found this book a true love story and very interesting.

    5out of 5
  95. Stargirl 113407

    on 17 November 2008

    it is an awesome book…... a mus reaad…. it is quite short but stilll very good…. ir ecomend it to everyone….

    5out of 5
  96. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 10 November 2008

    i loved this book i loved all the characters especially big joe i loved the training and the yellow plane this book made me want to cry!i hated to think i had finished it!

    5out of 5