Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman used to love hearing his grandfather's stories.  His grandfather lived a fantastical life on an island with peculiar children.  Jacob enjoyed these stories until he was teased at school and then he stopped believing in them.  Years later, Jacob gets a frantic call at work from his grandfather.  Worried, he went to his grandfather's house only to find scenes of a struggle and his grandfather mortally wounded.  The last words his grandfather spoke were for Jacob to find the bird in the loop and to tell "them" what happened.  Just moments after his grandfather dies, Jacob hears a noise and to his horror, sees a monster and passes out.  At his birthday he receives a surprise gift from his grandfather - "The Selected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson," which contained a letter with clues to his grandfather's past.  Jacob convinces his parents a vacation in Wales would help him get better.  So he and his father travel to Wales and Jacob begins an adventure like no other.

Ransom Riggs has created such an eerily atmospheric novel that it is nearly impossible to put the book down. As more of the plot is revealed, you can’t help but read further to see what other photos will be revealed.  The characters are so fascinating and each one has such an interesting history that you cannot wait to learn more about them.  While the pace is slow, it only adds to the atmosphere and enhances the mystery of the narrative.   This is a great read for mystery or suspense fans with a bit of fantasy thrown in to make quite the gripping read.  You may want a light on if you read it at night.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten choice for 2012.  It is also on the Readers’ Choice and Best Fiction for Young Adults lists for 2012.

You can find Miss Peregrine'sHome for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs as well as the sequel, Hollow City, on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you may want to try The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Hold me Closer,Necromancer by Lish McBride.

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