Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

September 9, 2011

Riggs, R. (2011). Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books. 352 p. $17.99. 978-1594744761. Gr. 8+

As a child Jacob Portman heard the most unbelievable stories from his grandfather. His grandfather has escaped Poland, and the Nazis, to live on an island with strange/powerful children and eventually left to fight monsters. As he grows up Jacob becomes begins to believe in his grandfather’s stories less and less. Until the day he finds out they all may be true. Ransom Riggs uses his love of strange found photography to craft a dark and magical story of time travel, invisible boys, flame throwers, monsters, shapeshifters, and more. It’s edgy, intelligent and chalk full of those strange vintage pictures. While the concept and pictures are badass, and well-executed, Riggs’s one flaw is that he tends to overexplain the photos. Still, there are great characters and a great action sequence near the end. There are loose ends at the end, but it’s tied up enough to satisfy most readers.

Additional Thoughts: 

FULL DISCLOSURE: I love Ransom Riggs. I have been reading his stuff in Mental_Floss for years. And I was stoked for this book. It wasn’t a letdown. The one flaw wasn’t really that much of a flaw for me I was just looking for something so I wasn’t fawning over him.

Similar Titles (From NoveList): Double Life by Justin Richards, Ghost Soldiers by Justin Richards, Into the Dark by Peter Abrahams, Ghost Letters by Stephen Alter, Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick, Black Taxi by James Moloney, Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements

(From Me): The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, Gone by Michael Grant, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Ransom and John are friends and there are a lot of similarities – Check out Ransom’s YouTube page to see some videos he made with John. Although I recommend his other videos).

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