Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: June 7, 2011
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 had heard so much about how good these books are, that I had to try it for myself. I loved it!
I really liked the mystery of Jacob’s family history. His grandfather had a mysterious past that Jacob’s father never believed, but Jacob wanted to believe in his grandfather’s stories. He was so drawn to it that he ended up in the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But then he learns that their story isn’t finished yet.
One of my favourite parts of this book is the photos that are placed throughout the story. I was curious about whether they were real or if they were staged for the book. At the end, the author talks about how he found these photos over years of going to garage sales and meeting interesting people. Some of the photos may have been created with a trick of the light, or maybe there really are these peculiar children living in Miss Peregrine’s house somewhere.
I loved this book, but I was disappointed in the movie. I wished they had made it into a trilogy. The story is much more than just the first book, so I wish they had made more than just one movie about it.
Have you read this series? What did you think of it?