Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Horror
A mysterious island; an abandoned orphanage; a strange collection of very curious photograph; 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. 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 have to confess that when I first heard about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children I decided that it probably was going to be a book I didn’t like. I mean to say it even looked creepy!!! Well I have to admit that I was wrong, very wrong. It was an excellent read – unputdownable. It’s an adventure. It’s a thriller. It’s horror. It’s fantasy…at least I hope its fantasy, because if I was living near one of these homes (yes there are more) I would be really worried – not about the children but about what hunts them, and what might eat me while it hunts them!! This is a debut fiction book for Ransom Riggs and he had very cleverly built a story around some old fashioned black and white photos he came across. He imagined what the person in the picture was really about and then envisioned a peculiarity about each of them, and then popped them into a body of a child. I say body of a child, because the peculiar children are living in a home for their protection – without going into too much detail their bodies may be that of children, but some of them are well over 80 years of age. Riggs has managed to give us characters that appear to be children yet have very grown up outlooks on life, this made some of the conversations and reactions seem a little out of kilter until you realized the whole age thing. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is edge of the seat stuff, with twists and turns that kept me on my toes, and an ending that left me needing the second installment which is due out sometime in 2013. A word of warning, characters do die in this book – some of them quite brutally – but in mind of his teen audience the pages are not dripping with gore – suffice to say the monster has big teeth and does what comes naturally to big-teethed monsters – eat people, or bits of them!!!
Rating: A – Excellent. I could not put it down.
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