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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Book CoverEveryone has their peculiarities, some more than others. So what are yours? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children should not even exist, so how is it that it does? How is it that anybody who ever stayed in the house permanently is still the same age as they were 50 years ago? How is it that these children, who are protected in the house of Miss Peregrine, have such strange peculiarities? Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by Ransom Riggs, brings the nightmares of children to life through the use of sinister vintage photographs and a suspense level which never ceases to surprise the reader.

Four phrases launch the adventure of our hero. Four phrases spoken through the last breaths of his beloved and supposedly deranged grandfather. Four phrases which lead our hero to a home of the most peculiar children in the world, monsters who are after the children and a quest to protect the children from the monsters.

What I appreciated most throughout this story was how Ransom Riggs expressed that anyone can be friends with anybody and that one’s peculiarities do not hold them back from sharing relationships with others. By creating a deep bond between our hero, Jacob, and the peculiar children, whom you would assume to only see in nightmares, Ransom Riggs shows that one’s imperfections and abnormality do not restrict a friendship but rather strengthen it. Love interests were sparked in the most creative of ways, thus proving one can find love anywhere with anyone as long as they are given a chance. I found that the relationships between each character were very well constructed and therefore I felt as if I was able to emotionally connect to the children causing me to not want to put the book down but also not want to finish it, thus ending our imaginary relationship.

This book is definitely one of the most amazing pieces of work I have ever read and the second I found out that Tim Burton would be directing a movie for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I rushed to the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot to check out the theatrical trailer. I was not disappointed. In fact I was very pleased and cannot wait for the film to be released.

If you enjoy books like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you might take an interest in books such as Asylum and We Were Liars. For further information about Ransom Riggs or his works you can take a look at his webpage http://www.ransomriggs.com/ and for a look at the theatrical trailer of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film watch this:

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is available at the Halifax Public Libraries.


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