Peaceful, living in a town of Britain, leads a peaceful, bright and fragrant life with his mom, two brothers and favored girl Molly. When they encounter sorrow, bitterness, desperation, and seemingly inextricable dilemma, they sing a song of Oranges and Lemons. Peaceful used to be sensitive, delicate and timid. In such singing, he gradually grows up. He thinks life in the final analysis can be summarized into a word: perseverance.
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On May 14th 2003, Michael Morpurgo was appointed the 3rd Children's Laureate. The role is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books, to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field. He has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award and Whitbred Children's Book Award.From School Library Journal:
Starred Review. Grade 7 Up–At 15, Thomas Peaceful, like many other English soldiers in World War I, is too young to fight, but he lies about his age. Now at the front in France with his older brother Charlie he stands a lonely nighttime vigil for reasons that are not explained until the book's end, watching the minutes tick by and reflecting on his past. Using first-person narration, Morpurgo draws readers into this young man's life, relating memories that are idyllic, sobering, and poignant. Tommo thinks upon the role he played in his father's accidental death, the adventures that he shared with Charlie, his relationship with his childhood friend Molly, and the experiences that he has had since entering the war. Finally, he describes how Charlie disobeyed a direct order to stay with him after he was wounded in action, fully aware of this decision's dire consequences. While this story is not based on any one individual, Morpurgo has personalized the British tactic of executing their own soldiers "for cowardice or desertion," memorializing these men without passing judgment. While readers see the events through Tommo's eyes, the author does not lose sight of the war's effects on the teen's friends and family. Reminders come in the form of letters from home, relationships with other soldiers, and observations of battles. 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.–Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA
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Book Description Harper Collins Publ. UK, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7219180
Book Description Harper Collins Publ. UK, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007219180