“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” Review

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Amber Robinson, Business Manager

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Forty-four photographs of the “peculiar children.” The children who weren’t necessarily bad, just different. The children who had the weird gifts which terrified societies throughout the world. These children are brought together in a story that is sure to make you laugh, cry, and even give you goose bumps.

     Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have ever read. I bought it on Friday night, and by Sunday morning, I was on the computer, praying that a second book was already in the making.

People say not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what I did. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It was so simple, and yet just thinking about it gave me the creeps. The more I thought about it, the creepier it got. And the creepier it got, the more I wanted to read it.

After 16-year-old Jacob Portman’s grandfather dies, his last words haunt Jacob to the point of near insanity. The photographs of Grandpa Portman’s “friends” from the orphanage he grew up in flash through Jacob’s mind. All of the photographs are completely different, yet strangely similar. The pictures alone were enough to cause the hair on the back of my neck stand up, but the story that Riggs was able to write with these pictures is phenomenal.

For those who like history, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is sure to please. It takes place off the coast of Wales in the present day, as well as during World War II. For those who like action, there are explosions, German U-boats, and air raids. For those who like fiction, this book is a must-read. It has everything from time loops to immortal children. And for those who like romance, of course, there’s some of that.

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