Thursday, October 20, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

After the death of his grandfather, Jacob struggles to understand what he saw on that tragic day.  In an attempt to understand not only that but also more about his grandfather, he and his father travel to the island where his grandfather grew up.  On this tiny place outside of Wales his grandfather lived in an orphanage.  But it was no ordinary orphanage.  It was an orphanage for a special kind of child.  As Jacob explores this place he learns that things are not as they appear, and are in no way what he expected. 

Miss Peregrine's orphanage is full of the impossible.  The children are capable of extreme feats.  They live in a permanent world where every day is the exact same.  Jacob is introduced to an entirely new life at this orphanage and has to choose between this new one and the old life he had.  The book is well written, definitely not quite what you expect when you begin, but overall very good. The old pictures throughout the book are an interesting touch as well.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Grade Level: 8th-9th

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