Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publication Date: 2011
Length: 348 pages
When Jacob was growing up, his grandfather told him strange stories about his childhood in an orphanage on an island in Wales. He even showed him pictures of the children there who were peculiar, like the girl who could levitate and the boy who was full of bees. Years later, when Jacob has stopped believing in those stories, his grandfather's last words to him send him on a quest to discover the truth about the peculiar orphanage.
One of the neatest things about this book is the pictures. They are actual vintage photographs that the author found in the collections of various people who collect old photographs. So all the pictures, however they were created back in the day, were not altered for this book. And knowing that makes them quite creepy! I mean, just look at the cover! (I totally judged this book by its cover, and defend that as a totally valid way of choosing books.)
I'm having trouble thinking of what else I can really say about the book without giving spoilers, since there are certain major plot events that happen pretty early in the book. But this book is enchanting. It is delightful, with a hint of mystery and a dash of creepy. I have read some negative reviews of this book that say that too much is revealed too soon, but personally I didn't mind. Even after the bigger mysteries are solved, there's still adventure, and I still wondered what was going to happen next.