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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

July 10, 2016

MissPeregrineCoverBy Ransom Riggs

Published 2011, 384 pages

Synopsis: Following a family tragedy, a teenaged boy, Jacob, discovers clues among his grandfather’s belongings that lead him to an abandoned home for orphans. This is no ordinary home; it contains a time portal that allows the boy to see the home as it was many years earlier, with its original orphans. What makes these children peculiar is their extraordinary qualities, like a girl who can control fire with her hands.  Trouble ensues when the boy learns that the children’s caretaker, Miss Peregrine, is in danger and they must leave behind the only home they have ever known in order to rescue her. Thankfully, Jacob also learns that he has a peculiarity all his own that may be the key to saving them all.

Review: I love strange old black and white photographs. There is something so intrinsically haunting about looking at pictures of people no longer living and wondering what their lives were like. I imagine the author looking through boxes of old photos and becoming engaged with the odd children, their faces beckoning him to tell a tale.

This story is very different from anything I’ve read in that it seems to revolve around these photos; that is, the photos serve as the illustrations to bring these characters to life. It starts out with a gruesome death and gets creepier and creepier as you follow this boy’s incredible journey into the lives of these strange children. At first, we’re with Jacob as everything he thought he knew about the world becomes distorted. Then we learn that he’s no outsider; he’s as peculiar as they are and the story really takes off from there.

I’m so excited that this is being made into a movie, but what drew me to the book were the strange photos and I wonder how that haunting feeling can be captured with actors.

Rating: 4 boots

Recommendation: I think this book is best for those over 12 because there are some scary scenes that I don’t think younger audiences should read.

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