Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Jacob convinces his Dad to take him to a small island off the coast of Wales where his grandfather grew up during WWII. Jacob heard stories from his grandfather about all the various kinds of children he grew up with–and both the children and the stories were peculiar. Grandfather said a girl could float, another boy was invisible, another girl had super strength. Jacob never believed Grandfather. But then he found the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s orphanage. And then he met all the children that Grandfather grew up with. And Jacob has to decide if he wants to become one of the “peculiar” or if he will continue on with the dull, frustrating life that he lives.

I had no idea what to expect when I first started reading this book. It was strange, it was peculiar, it was good. Jacob is the reason I liked this book. He is the perfect narrator for the story. He is at the point where he doesn’t know quite what to believe. He wants to believe all the fantastical things his grandfather told him about. But he also wants to grow up and put all those baby-stories behind him. Yet when he first sees a monster, and what it does to his grandfather, he knows that no matter what anyone else says he has to believe what he knows to be true. He knows about the impossible. And the impossible know about him. And they are coming. Good book. 4 stars.

Book Discussion Questions:
Why did Jacob start denying that he saw anything strange?
How did Grandfather know that Jacob was like him? How did Miss Peregrine?
Why are people afraid of things they can’t see or understand? How did this alter how the family treated Jacob after Grandfather’s death?
What would you have done at the end of the book?

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