Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs
Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

Riggs has successfully pulled off a rather ambitious project in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Using old photographs mined from garages and attics by private collectors he has written an engaging story that is simultaneously contemporary, historical, and fantastical.

After succumbing to delusions, Grandpa Portman (my favorite character) is gutted in the woods by a horrific creature that only Jacob sees and no one else believes in. And thus begins Jacob’s investigation into Grandpa Portman’s tall tales that Jacob had only recently stopped believing.

A teensy bit Rowling’s Harry Potter, a little bit of Grossman’s The Magicians, with a dash of Gabaldon’s Outlander (if she had written for a teen audience), Miss Peregrine is a coming-of-age, family secret, mysterious school story that gives readers wishing to travel in time or live forever something to ruminate on. While Miss Peregrine is written for a teen audience, there is still a lot to engage adults looking for a quick and interesting read.

Written by Helen H.

Fun fact: I adore furry faces.