Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

In YA Book Reviews on August 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm


by Ransom Riggs

 Fantasy/Mystery/Thriller/@2011/ 348 pages*

Additional Details:

Look for the sequel in January, 2014.

This is a New York Times #1 Best Seller and one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month 2011. AND Tim Burton is directing the movie based on the book.

Publisher Blurb:

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Thoughts:

I think this may be the most unique book I have ever read. It is a little bit creepy, very suspenseful, and definitely action packed. Adding to the uniqueness of this story are the truly authentic vintage photographs that are scattered throughout the book and are cleverly intertwined with the story. The author creates the most amazing supernatural backstories and identities for those pictured, which makes for fascinating reading in itself. I think it started slow, but once the action picks up, you are pretty much hooked on the story from there. The characters are well developed, and the language and details are rich. With its elements of time travel, suspense, and romance, this is a book that will appeal to both boys and girls.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

In My Opinion: This is appropriate and of interest to 7th grade students and older. There is some violence and mild swearing. There are some monsters and scary moments, but nothing that will keep you awake at night.

Book Trailer from YouTube:

Favorite quotes:

“At times, young man, you tread a precariously thin line between being charmingly headstrong and insufferably pigheaded.” 

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”


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