Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 2011.

Ransom Riggs’ first novel is not only creep-tastic, it is a well-developed story that will have you fascinated until the very end. The story begins with the reader learning about Jacob’s profound relationship with his grandfather Abe. Abe was a Jewish refugee from the Nazis who found a home at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before enlisting in WWII. Growing up, Jacob was mystified by the stories of his grandfather’s adventures with children who had specific abilities such as invisibility and levitation. He also learned about the horrific monsters that were a constant threat.

Now, at 16, Jacob believes that his grandfather made up the peculiar children in order to deal with his emotional past. One day while Jacob is at work, he receives a panicked phone call from his father about his grandfather. His dad believes that Abe has gone mad, since he is agitated about the ‘monsters’ even more than usual (and he also demands the key to his gun cabinet). After work, Jacob goes with a friend to check on him. Will Jacob be able to reassure his grandfather that there isn’t any danger? Or will he find out that his grandfather wasn’t just telling fairy-tales?

I thoroughly enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children and I cannot wait for the sequel! Yes, there will be a sequel! One of the many things to note about this amazing story are the vintage photographs that are included. They definitely sent shivers down my spine when paired with the well-drawn story. On his website, Riggs talks about the photos specifically: “I have an unusual hobby: I collect snapshots of people I don’t know.  I started collecting a few years ago — at swap meets, antique shops and the like — but the thing that got me started wasn’t the photos themselves so much as the scribbles I’d sometimes find on the backs.”

Are you intrigued yet?

I thought so!

Besides the creepiness associated with this story, the characters are positively authentic and well-played throughout (especially later in the story). Being the main character, Jacob is very believable, and I began to sympathize with him from the very beginning. I also favored the pacing of the novel because of how grandfather Abe’s long lost secrets were interwoven and realized. Teens and adults alike will enjoy this unique and entertaining literature roller-coaster for years to come!

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