Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.

Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had me captivated from the moment my eyes feasted on the front cover, where a black and white photograph of a young girl wearing a tiara appeared to be floating above the ground, staring straight at me. Turning over to the back cover revealed even more creepy photographs, all in black-and-white, and all of children who appear to be less than ordinary. With such an intriguing cover, I dived straight into a story that cleverly uses authentic vintage photographs and captivating text to produce a truly unique reading experience.

Jacob’s life has always been rather unexciting. He comes from a well-off family, has one friend, and a grandfather who appears to be crazy. When a horrible family tragedy occurs, Jacob’s ability to cope declines and his psychiatrist suggests a trip to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where his grandfather lived as a boy. It is here that Jacob finds the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he starts to explore the old room, he begins to realise that the old photographs of peculiar children his grandfather used to show him may not be as unreal as he had always thought. Ransom Riggs has created a creepy and mysterious story, not to mention a wonderful cliffhanger of an ending, leaving you screaming for Book Two.

Katherine Dretzke is from Readings Hawthorn.

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