Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(Quirk Books, 2011, 352 pages)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the next title up for discussion at SCC’s Between the Covers book club and it had been on my “to read” list for ages. Jacob has always been close to his grandfather – he grew up hearing about his grandfather’s experience living in a group home for children during WWII but his stories always seemed just a little far-fetched. Tragedy strikes Jacob’s family and he has a hard time getting over it so when the opportunity comes to travel abroad and see the home his grandfather grew up in he’s encouraged to go. Jacob and his fatherset off for a small island off the coast of Wales and people seem to be hesitant to show Jacob where the group home is…
As Jacob wanders the island he meets a number of “peculiar” individuals – they all have special qualities that it’s hard to believe are real. But what’s really strange is that the people he’s meeting are the same people he remembers his grandfather talking about. How could that be possible?
This was a unique read with an enhanced experience provided through photographs incorporated into the text. I’ll be curious to hear people’s thoughts at the next book club discussion (10/29 at 2:30). It definitely ends in a way that has you curious to see where Riggs is going to go with the rest of the series. Fortunately book 2 (Hollow City) is already out 🙂