Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Have you ever felt different? Out of place? Special? Or even crazy? Imagine your grandfather telling you stories of horrible monsters and peculiar children. How would you feel if your grandfather was killed by monsters only you could see?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a mysterious, distinctive novel which explores the world of peculiars through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman.

As a child, Jacob would listen to his grandfather's tales of a group of children and their headmistress whom he lived with during the Second World War when he hid from the monsters. He would describe "a girl who could fly, a boy who had bees living inside, a brother and sister who lift boulders over their heads". When Jacob grew older, he learned that the "monsters" from his grandfather's stories were the Nazis who invaded his homeland of Poland, and the "special" children were just fairytales that his grandfather used to distract himself from the truth.

However, at the sudden death of his grandfather, Jacob finds a note that leads to him to a tiny, isolated island off the coast of Wales. He explores the island and realizes that the headmistress and the children were long gone. As Jacob searches through the destroyed, decaying house, he discovers the truth. Miss Peregrine and her children were special-and somehow still alive. Soon, Jacob hurtles into a world of monsters, peculiarities, loops, and a wise bird who watches over it all.

With an odd collection of real photographs and a riveting storyline, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a novel where everyone can learn to embrace their individuality and peculiarities.

-Alyssa Jang