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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
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 was very happy that Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children won this month’s Luna’s Picks as it is a book that I’ve had my eye on for some time now. I finished it quickly, but I’m still going over what I really thought of it. It’s certainly a unique read and not like anything I’ve read before! The thing that immediately caught my eye with this book was the very creepy levitating girl on the cover and the vintage photographs inside. I was so excited to dive into this book and find out what it was all about.
It’s really hard to try and describe the plot of this book without spoiling too much, so please excuse the very vague description of this book. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children centres around Jacob and his grandfather, Abraham. Abraham escaped the Nazis during the Second World War, but unfortunately some of his family weren’t as lucky. Abraham is still haunted by his past though and his past is particularly mysterious. More mysterious than Jacob could possibly imagine, yet things are set to change! Abraham tells Jacob stories about children who can levitate, who can become invisible and other such peculiar things. Jacob is convinced that these are just fairy tales he’s hearing, but he begins to realise how peculiar his life really is…
One thing that really struck me about this book was how well Ransom Riggs built the atmosphere. It was deliciously eerie. I don’t think I’d like to set foot in this setting! As I started the book I was convinced that it was going to be a horror story. It’s not. It’s more like a mystery story. I became immersed in the world so quickly, I loved watching it all unfold as it became clear what exactly was going on. The vintage photographs just really added to the story, and I enjoyed studying them before moving back onto the text. I’ve heard that this book is going to be turned into a movie and I can completely see why it would work and especially under Tim Burton’s magic.
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