Private Peaceful (Kobo eBook)

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A teen reflects on his childhood as he stands on the front lines of World War I in this stunning novel from the Children’s Laureate of England.

As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. 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. As the minutes tick by, Thomas remembers his childhood spent deep in the countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. But each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can’t bear to think about—the moment when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.

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Praise for Private Peaceful

“[A] suspenseful, ultimately tragic novel . . . A moving depiction of a loving relationship between two brothers, their lives so linked that readers may wonder until the end whose fate lies in the balance. All in all, a powerful story about war's costs, and who pays the price.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In this World War I story, the terse and beautiful narrative of a young English soldier is as compelling about the world left behind as about the horrific daily details of trench warfare: the mud, rats, gas attacks, slaughter . . . Suspense builds right to the end, which is shocking, honest, and unforgettable.” —Booklist, starred review

“This thoughtful novel touches on themes of humanity and duty, and features brilliant characters whose personal decisions have earned them their very own badges of honor.” —School Library Journal