Are you peculiar?

Moving on with my book reviews. Today I recommend to you an excellent book that I read back in September. It was funny. I wasn’t expecting to buy any more books for a while, but then I saw that Amazon was having a sale and the e-book edition of this book was only $1.99. What a steal! So of course, I had to get it, and I’m very glad I did. So here is my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Right away, the title intrigued me. Who were these “peculiar children?” What made them “peculiar” in the first place? Isn’t “peculiar” an awesome word?

The story centers around Jacob, a teenaged boy who is very close to his grandfather. His grandfather tells him of the place he stayed during the war and all the other children who were with him. He has all these strange pictures – a little girl levitating off the ground, a boy covered in bees, a girl holding fire in her hands, and many others. When Jacob’s grandfather is killed by something that seems supernatural, Jacob wonders if the other stories about the children are true. He decides to head to Wales and seek out the orphanage where his grandfather had stayed as a child.

He finds the orphanage, but it is nothing like what he expected. The children are still there, at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Yes, that’s right. The children who Jacob’s grandfather knew as a child are still there. I won’t give away much more than that, but basically Jacob finds out that what killed his grandfather is still out there, ready to kill again.

This book was really clever. I loved how Riggs took all these old, creepy photos (some of which were obviously trick photography, but some that you really can’t be sure about) and created a story around them. The story is exciting, scary, heartwarming, and tear jerking in turns. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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4 replies

  1. This one intrigues me. Might just have to go find it. Thanks.


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