I picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs last week after I read several good reviews and heard Tim Burton is making a movie based on it. The book took less than a week to read and I loved reading it.
When tragedy strikes Jacob, he is motivated to visit the small island in Wales where his grandfather grew up during the war alongside other children. Once Jacob and his father arrive on the island, he immediately explores the abandoned children’s home. As he unravels the mysteries surrounding the home, he realizes his grandfather’s stories were true.
The book is a combination of mystery, adventure, and thriller, which makes the story line intriguing and unique. Throughout the story, creepy and real black and white pictures are incorporated that help set the mood. Unlike some books where every twist and turn can be predicted, this book is not predictable, and I wanted to keep reading until I knew the truth about the island. The characters are well-developed and each child has a certain peculiarity that makes them unique (creates fire, levitates, invisibility, etc). The book had a good ending and I am looking forward to starting the sequel and seeing Tim Burton’s movie.
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