Book It: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Mariana Gutierrez-Serna, Staff Writer
  “A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.”

This book by Ransom Riggs catches your attention from the very first page. When a terrible family tragedy takes place, Jacob is determined to find out more about his grandfather’s past. He travels with his father to an island off the Welsh coast, where his grandfather spent most of his childhood. On the island, Jacob discovers the crumbling ruins of an orphanage: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores it, he realizes that the children who lived there might have been more than just peculiar. Jacob starts putting the pieces together, gradually uncovering what really happened on that island. Somehow, it seems as if the children are still alive in an alternate reality.

This beautifully written book is a mystery, both scary and strange. Great visuals, vintage photographs and descriptive language take you back to the 1940s. If you like creepy adventure plots, this book will definitely interest you. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and asking for more. If you like it, there’s also a movie version on the way, coming out in spring 2016 under the direction of Tim Burton.

 

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