Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Have you ever seen old photographs that are a little strange? Maybe a little girl’s hands are glowing. Maybe another appears to be floating above the ground. Maybe a little boy is covered in bees. Maybe a solemn child is holding a boulder above her head. Have you ever wondered about the people in those old photographs? Have you ever wondered what their story was?

That’s exactly what Random Riggs did. And the result is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Jacob’s grandfather always told Jacob stories, crazy stories, about the children he lived with for a time in a small home for children run by Miss Peregrine. As Jacob grew up, he, like everyone else, began to think his grandfather was just telling tales, but there were still the photographs. When Jacob’s grandfather dies, saying some strange last words, Jacob thinks he sees a monster nearby. This sends Jacob into a downward spiral trying to either understand the truth or stop being crazy (which is what everyone thinks he is). Ultimately, this leads him, with the support of his therapist, to go to the small British island where his grandfather lived with Miss Peregrine and the other peculiar children. Jacob is more confused than ever when he finds the house and downright shocked when he learns the truth.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a really imaginative and fun book. The author has collected strange old photos for years and developed a whole multi-book story to go along with them (pictures are included). The first part of the book can drag at times, but it is never boring. I read it at the request of my 14-year-old daughter. I, in turn, recommended it to my 68-year-old mother. This is a book that can definitely be enjoyed by people of many ages!

5 (out of 5) Stars

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Pages Read in 2014: 24,500
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