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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Updated on July 30, 2016
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The Cover

Looking quickly at the cover what do you see? Looks like a little girl dressed in 1920's clothing. She doesn't look happy, but that was typical for photos during that era. But look a little closer and what do you see? She is levitating! Makes you wonder, is this photo real or enhanced. The photo is from Riggs's collection of photos that are seen throughout the book. The picture gives us as the reader a sense of what to expect while reading the book along with the title. It's a home full of children who aren't seen as normal in the outside world and that is why they live on the remote island. The girl in the cover isn't happy. Why is that? Could it be because they live the same day over and over since September 3, 1940? I think this photo really gives the reader a sense of the eeriness we will see once we open the book.


What does a remote island, mysterious orphans, and collection of weird photographs have in common? It all revolves around Jacob Portman, our main character in this book. After Jacob's grandfather, Abe, is viciously killed by a monster only Jacob has seen, Jacob knows that he must visit this island to find out the truth about his grandfather's life. During his investigation on the island, he finds an abandoned house which is where Miss Peregrine houses her peculiar children. Jacob soon meets these children and finds out not only are they peculiar, but he is as well. But what is his secret ability?

My Thoughts

Rated 5 Stars:

  1. A book like this, one expects it to be scary. Especially with the peculiar children and some of the photos in the book. I have to say, I found it more intriguing with some creepy parts instead of downright scary. Riggs brought out scary moments in the book, but in a way where it wouldn't scare those who are reading it.
  2. Riggs's got the idea of the story by using real photographs he's collected over time and using them as a bases for the story. I think this was a great idea because it gave us visuals of what the scenes or people looked like that were going on during the scene in the book. I think it was a real creative way to get the story out there.

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Next book I will be reviewing is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I saw the movie already, now it's time to read the book.


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