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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Book - 2011
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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781594744761
Branch Call Number: YAF RIGGS, RANSOM
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 08, 2021

Strange but rather haunting. It kept you reading.

Mar 02, 2021

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an amazing book, it's so captivating and creative. This is one of my favorite books, the author: Ransom Riggs is very talented I never wanted to put the book down. After Jacobs's grandfather died he is experiencing horrible nightmares, seeking closure Jacob goes to an island discovering very peculiar things and people. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure genres. There are parts of the book that are a little slow, but I still encourage you to read it. I recommend this book to ages 12+. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. 4/5 - @goodies06 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I was uncertain prior to reading this book if I would enjoy it, given that I have seen the movie. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was significantly better than the movie. I loved the way that the author used such description when describing the various scenes within each chapter. The details that were provided allowed me as a reader to fully envision as if I was there on the mysterious island myself. I would recommend this book to readers that enjoy suspense, mystery, and fantasy. Personally, I would not change anything about the writing of this story! Although it was intense reading this at times, I felt engaged and honestly could not put the book down. While the main character (16-year-old Jacob) learns about his peculiarity, along with the abandoned island and the series of events that occurred here, you will be intrigued to learn along with him. It was thrilling to find out about the Hollows. I loved to see the photographs included in the chapters, as they corresponded so well with the story. I give this book a rating of 4.5 stars. -@GemsOfIvy of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 05, 2021

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a rich, shy, awkward boy named Jacob who is Peculiar like his grandfather but doesn’t know it. He travels to an island to learn more about his grandfather’s past and goes on a crazy adventure in the past. He experiences incredible things and eventually learns that he is Peculiar his power is very unique and can save lives. I loved this book because of the plot. This book is really good and the thought process of the protagonist, Jacob is very interesting. This book takes us on a captivating adventure and has pretty good humor. This book includes romance, adventure, fantasy, and more, highly recommend it.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was one of the many books I own that had been sitting on my shelf, unread, collecting dust for many years. When the movie came out, I had even refused to watch the trailer in a desperate attempt to cling to idea that I would someday read the book.

And that day, was today.

A secret haven is hidden away on the beautiful and quaint welsh islands, and it's guarded by an ancient and magical bird serving to protect it's peculiar inhabitants.


Everything about this premise is intriguing and will most likely swallow me whole in it's world of magic, mystery and horror.

But after having read the book, my thoughts were that it was alright.....I guess?

I was incredibly intrigued at the start of the book; learning about Jacob's love and admiration for his grandfather, how growing up with his grandfather's tales of the peculiar shaped his young mind to believe in things outside of the "normal" world - and how in part of his growing up in this world, forced him to give up on the notion of all things strange and weird.

When Abe, Jacob's grandpa dies a gruesome, and tragic death, we briefly explore the trauma that is inflicted onto Jacob when he finds his grandpa's body. I liked how the booked discussed the pcycogical damage it has on Jacob's daily life; the night terrors, lack of sleep, self isolation, his depression and anxiety and seeking therapy. The book also touches on how Abe suffered from PTSD, and how his trauma from the war took the form of delusions of sinister monsters. Of course, we know those delusions and fairy tales are indeed very real and present in their world, I just appreciated that connection and mention of psychological trauma that does in exists in our world.

Unfortunately our main protagonist had to be Jacob, who is a whiny, spoiled and selfish teenager who does whatever he wants, never considering the consequences of his actions or considering the feelings of others. I tolerated this for the majority of the book chalking it up to teenage angst, mourning and recovering from trauma, and Jacob being product of his environment and all; typical teenage boy growing in a privileged world . Although he appears to be headstrong through his actions, you find out real quick that there is nothing below the surface to his character. There is no significant moments of growth or humility shown throughout the story.

After the first part of the book, Jacob's anxiety and PTSD seem to just disappear. He comes across numerous triggering circumstances but he manages to brush it off like it has no bearing on him at all.

His motivation to uncover the mystery of his grandpa's past are veiled in his childish antics, and prove nothing but to show how immature and selfish his character is.

As for the actual plot - imagine X-men, but for toddlers, during WW2 groundhog's day. Yep. That is the simplest way I can summarize the main plot. That being said, despite the many loop holes in the plot, it actually wasn't that bad. It was just too much. It's like author tried to cram all the genres into one book thinking it'll make his book unique. Why is this book classed under the horror genre? There is nothing frightening and spooky in the story aside from the photographs. Which I actually liked seeing throughout the book, it was a nice reprieve from the overbearingly annoying narration we got from Jacob. I thought the side characters were quirky, but much like Jacob, not developed at all. Plus the romance felt really weird and unnecessary.

I truly was intrigued by the plot and premise of the book, had in not told by Jacob's perspective, I think I would have actually enjoyed reading it.

Dec 08, 2020

really good!

JCLCharlesH Dec 08, 2020

The first book of Ransom Riggs's Peculiar's series, this fantastical novel introduces readers to a world of individuals with extraordinary gifts. Similar in some ways to stories like the X-Men, Riggs finds a new niche within the genre, and the result is a good mix of thriller and fantasy. The ending is an obvious set-up to the sequels and therefore not entirely satisfying, but it does leave you ready for more.

Sep 13, 2020

This is one of my first time favorites. It follows the story of Jacob Portman, who had been facinated my his grandpa's stories about surviving during World War 2. As he got older, he began to doubt them more, until he decided they were all made up. But when his grandpa died, he sees a sight similiar to the one Grandpa Portman told him about. Grandpa Portman's mysterious last words draw Jacob to check out his grandpa's children's home and deliver his message.
The plot of this story is wonderful, the fantasy and magic mixing along amazingly. I know that there are many mixed opinions on this book but I personally love it. The mix of peculiar photographs also adds a nice touch.

JCLAnneG Aug 29, 2020

An interesting read. I enjoyed the slow-pace towards the beginning, and Jacob was an easy protagonist to like. I have not seen many books that use the old pictures like this one does.

ChristchurchTeens Jun 05, 2020

A fantasy book about a boy discovered that his grandfather's old fantasy stories are actually true. Will he find the place that his grandfather refer him to? Who will he meet there? What will he discover? I really enjoyed this book as well as its graphic novel and movie because it's very engaging. Once you read this first book in the series, you will want to continue reading the following books and to find out what happened to him and his friends next.

Jun 02, 2020

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs, follows the life of Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy who lives in Florida. Jacobs's main role-model was his Grandfather. His Grandfather would tell him all these amazing stories about theses peculiar children and how they had these marvelous abilities. One day Jacob receives news about his Grandfathers death. His death was extremely strange and Jacob felt the urge to learn more about his Grandfather. He decided to go to Cairnholm in New South Wales where his grandfather grew up in this home for children. Jacob soon learns that the stories of those peculiar children were anything but stories. I liked this book series, the way that Ransom Riggs uses words and their terminology was genius. He would compare the color of the sky to a fresh bruise and the color of a girl's skirt to the color of the sky at a funeral. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children is a dark novel with monsters and gory scenes. I would give this book an age rating of 11 or higher.

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Oct 23, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Very peculiar book, with flying and leavlifting children.

Oct 23, 2019

Violence: Violently chase scenes.

Oct 23, 2019

Coarse Language: Includes romantic language

Oct 25, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: descriptive battles

Sep 19, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the polaroid pictures could be a little scary to younger viewers, And also the book is peculiar and mentions things that people may be freaked out by.

Aug 26, 2016

Coarse Language: Language... P, s, b, son of a b, d, and hell all used multiple times

Jun 22, 2014

Sexual Content: A few kisses and mentions of romantic relationships.

Jun 22, 2014

Violence: Multiple deaths, a few fight scenes with blood.

May 12, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Feb 08, 2012

Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.

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Jun 10, 2019

This was a much better representation of the story than the movie.

Aug 28, 2016

Because we weren't like other people. We were peculiar.

Aug 26, 2016

I must apologize... It seems I've gone and gotten myself shot.

Aug 05, 2016

"I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss."

black_cobra_252 Jul 20, 2013

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Red_Cat_370 Mar 25, 2013

"'Just to make sure I understand," I said. 'If today is september third 1940, then tomorrow is... also September third?"'

BookFaerie27 Oct 29, 2012

“Stars, too were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

love2read123 Jul 11, 2012

"Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After."


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Jul 08, 2016

A teenage boy realizes his grandfather's crazy 'stories' are true. He meets the peculiar children from the stories and realizes he belongs with them.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Jacob Portman is a typical disaffected upper-class teen drifting through life, but he has a rather atypical grandfather. When Jacob was young, his grandfather told him wild tales of his youth, fighting monsters and living with a group of incredible children on an island in Wales. Stories that Jacob has long since stopped believing...until something terrible happens that sends him searching for the lost island of his grandfather's youth. What Jacob finds will change his life and his understanding of reality forever.

black_cobra_252 Jul 20, 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a very creepy book involving mystery and some action. It is the story of Jacob who grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about peculiar children with supernatural abilities. As he grew up he thought those stories were fake but when his grandfather dies, he sees a monster at the death scene and tries to follow clues his grandfather left him to find the peculiar children and their headmistress, Miss.Peregrine.

Booklover1235 Aug 11, 2012

Jacob llived an ordinary life except the amazing magical stories his grandfather told him of magical children and the monsters. But when his grandfather dies and jacob belives it's the monsters he may find out that his life is way more than ordinary, It's peculiar.

love2read123 Jul 11, 2012

Jacob is just an ordinary teenage boy with an ordinary life. But after a tragic family accident takes place, he begins to find his grandfathers old story's haunting him. He must return to the old home his grandfather lived in as a child and discover the mystery living right within its very walls.

Oct 21, 2011

When 15 year old Jacob witnesses the horrific death of his beloved grandfather, all he has left are his cryptic last words and the terrifying image of the beast Jacob is sure killed him. Everyone around Jacob thinks he's gone crazy. When he finds a letter to his grandfather from his old headmistress, he travels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children searching for answers. What he finds is a tiny island filled with drunks and a big old house that was bombed over 70 years ago. Though everyone was rumored to have been killed, Jacob suspects that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children may still be alive.

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