Review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Offers a Unique Education that is Worth Learning

Reviewed by: Kelley Crawford

Summary: Jacob’s grandfather is what most people would describe as “nuts.” When he was young, Jacob would listen to his grandfather’s stories and marvel at the photographs he had of the levitating girl or the invisible boy he went to school with. Now that Jacob is fifteen, he sees those photographs as a trick and the stories about monsters and the school of peculiar children as nothing but fiction. That is, until his grandfather suddenly dies and leaves Jacob clues to the mysterious island where the school is located. When Jacob arrives, he follows those clues, which lead him to a girl named Emma. She’s cute, she’s interesting, and she can conjure fire in her hands. Quite a combination. She leads Jacob into the world he had only imagined through his grandfather’s stories, but now he understands it is a world he must protect from outside forces.

Review: The collection of photographs throughout Riggs’s novel is what makes Miss Peregrine’s Home a quick read that inspires the imagination. At times the narrative is forced to fit with the photographs; yet, the photos also offer unique visuals that intensify the reader’s experience with the story and the peculiar characters. The sequel (Hollow City) is now available, and I’m intrigued enough to read it.

Bottom-Line: Just peculiar enough to inspire further interest

Audience: If you like The Name of the Star (Maureen Johnson) then Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City will most likely be a duo for you.