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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather Abe’s “fairy stories” and seeing old pictures of peculiar looking children levitating, holding fire, and appearing to be invisible. Abe claimed he knew these children and that they lived in the orphanage where Abe was sent as a teenager at the beginning of WWII. But Jacob soon comes to an age where he realizes that grandfather’s stories were just that, stories. That is until his grandfather’s horrific death. Grandfather’s cryptic last words mixed with the monster Jacob is sure he sees in the woods near Grandfather’s body changes everything. Jacob sets off on a journey to the Welsh island Grandfather talked about to find the mysterious Miss Peregrine and her “home for peculiar children”. What Jacob finds on the island could either disappoint him or confirm that Abe’s stories were true all along.

Why I picked up the book: We chose it for our October “Never Too Old” book club as it seemed a good fit for Halloween. I had heard great things about it. I’m loving it and don’t want to put it down.

Why I finished it: I love the photos and what they add to the story. I want to know what happens next.

I’d give it to: fans of Neil Gaiman. Parts remind me a bit of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (I Really Liked It!)

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Review by Jenn, YA Librarian (View all my Goodreads reviews)


If you love old, antique photographs, check out the author’s non-fiction collection Talking pictures : images and messages rescued from the past.

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