By: Ransom Riggs
Pub. Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
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.
I’ll be honest, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was not at all what I was expecting! Actually, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew was that everyone else who read it had LOVED it, and I had to read it ASAP! I am so glad that I can finally say I read Peculiar Children! It wasn’t like anything I had read before, and the creepy pictures and setting just added to the mystery of the story.
The beginning of the book did go kind of slow for me, and I would have stopped reading if I didn’t trust some of the reviews I read on it. I felt like for the first quarter of the book I was just waiting and waiting for something exciting to happen. When I started to figure out what was going on, that’s when the book just flew by.
I really enjoyed the main character, Jacob. He was funny and extremely loyal. The way he was able to digest the information about the peculiar children, I thought, was very believable. I also loved all of the peculiar children. They were so much fun! I thought they were going to be evil, but they weren’t, which was nice.
Ransom is a very talented writer and storyteller. Even while the book was slow for me in the beginning, I still thought that the writing flowed nicely. The story was also very original. I heard there will be a second book, and I am extremely excited to read it!
And those pictures! They just added so much to the story and I loved how Riggs incorporated them into the story. They fit perfectly!
This is a story that is not to be missed. I recommend every one who hasn’t to go out and read it right away!
I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for my nook when it first came out, but I am definitely buying a second copy to go on my shelf!
Also, the trailer for it is amazing!!