Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

eBook - 2004
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When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2004
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780545359634
0545359635
Characteristics: 1 online resource (202 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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