Nov 6, 2011

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Children
Author:  Ransom Riggs
Publisher:  Quirk Publishing
Date Publishing:  June 7th 2011

From Goodreads:

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.

Before I started Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I went thru the book looking at all the photos which pumped me even more.  I couldn’t wait to get started so I can link the photos to the story.  I’m surprised how much the pictures turned Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children from a great read to an awesome one.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for  Peculiar Children is a peculiar story.  I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to come together and make sense in the beginning and half way thru I sort of just let go of trying to figure it out and just rode the wave.  I loved the peculiar children.  I wanted to learn everything about them, and wished I had known them even more by the end of the novel.  I wanted their back stories, I wanted know how they came to be at the orphanage.  I wished the story was longer. 

Main character Jacob is on this adventure that his grandfather sent him on.  In the beginning it doesn’t so much feel like an adventure though.  Seriously, Jacob is traumatized after finding his grandfather dead in the woods in back of his house, and sees a scary monster like thing in the woods.  After hearing for years his grandfather’s stories of the orphanage he lived in with all the peculiar children he needed to find out if his father was telling the truth after all.

Ransom Riggs is brilliant in his storytelling.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great book, I recommend you read it.  


  1. I really look forward to reading this! I'm #23 on 10 copies at the library and I can't wait. :)

  2. I just read this one for book club last month. The pictures definitely made the book so much more interesting to read. I have to agree with you about having to just let go and read the book without trying to figure things out, once you do that its really good.


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