Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads): A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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 waited way too long to start reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I am so glad that I finally got the chance to read it. The story is so unique and the pictures throughout the book make it so much more interesting to read. Ransom Riggs has a descriptive and mysterious writing style that really drew me in. Everything about this book was just so enjoyable.
This book has such an original concept! Basically, a boy finds and old children’s home filled with people who each have strange abilities. For example, one of them is invisible and another has super strength. I loved getting to know each of the children and reading about Jacob’s encounters with each of them. What I enjoyed even more was the fact that there’s a bit of time travel incorporated into the book. I don’t want to say too much about it because of spoilers, but the way time travel is included is so different than any other time travel book I’ve read.
I really enjoyed the old photos scattered throughout the book. It was really interesting to be able to read a scene and then turn the page to see an image of a character, for instance. The pictures really helped me visualize the story more and I felt like I had a better understanding of what was going on. I loved the idea of including images so much and I wish there was more of it, honestly.
Ransom Riggs has such an amazing writing style. He writes so descriptively and as a reader, I actually became immersed in the story. What I found interesting about the way Ransom Riggs writes is the fact that he doesn’t reveal too much and waits to share important details until a specific moment where there is a massive plot twist. I am not a fan of info dump and I liked the way this book is more mysterious as the information comes gradually.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the most original books out there. I really enjoyed the old photos included in the book and Ransom Riggs’s descriptive and mysterious writing style. If you are one of the few that have yet to read this book, I would definitely recommend that you pick it up soon!