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Private Peaceful

Level 1

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This is a sad and gripping tale looking back at rural England early in the twentieth century and at the cruelty of World War I. It elegantly and memorably ties together romance, observation and reflection.


  • WINNER Carnegie Medal 2003
  • WINENR Whitbread Children’s Book Award 2004


  • Kensuke's Kingdom (Egmont 1999) a Robinsonade.
  • HARTNETT, Sonya: The Silver Donkey (Viking 2004) young English soldier desert during WWI.
  • SEDGWICK, Markus: The Foreshadowing (Orion 2006) Sasha has premonitions of horrible things that happen to her brothers on the battlefields.
  • Regeneration (1997) based on Pat Barker’s novel.
  • The Great Dictator (1940) WWI – but a must!
  • BARKER, Pat: Life Class (Hamish Hamilton 2007)
  • FAULKS, Sebastian: The Girl at the Lion d'Or (Hutchinson 1989)
  • HEMINGWAY, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms (Scribner 1929)

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