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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – UPDATE

A while back I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  My review is below. I just discovered two things that I had to share:

1.  Time Burton is thinking about making this into a movie

2.  The book trailer is really kinda great.

Here is a link to it on Youtube.

Here’s my Original Post:

So I FINALLY finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  It doesn’t usually take me such a long time to finish a book but work has kept me unusually busy and I’ve been too tired to read during my free time.  Excuses aside, here’s what I thought:

I don’t normally read this type of book save for children’s books (Harry Potter, Golden Compass, A Wrinkle in Time, etc) but I thought I’d stretch myself a bit.  I’m glad I did, because I liked it.

The main character is a teenage boy who’s a misfit of sorts.  Who can’t identify with that?  When he investigates his favorite grandfather’s past, he encounters a group of peculiars and his life takes on new adventures both frightening and kinda funny:  Ymbrynes and time loops.  To be sure, the old black and white photographs enhance the story sort of like a graphic novel.  I was emotionally connected to the characters and after a while forgot that this was a fantasy story (can’t everyone make a flame in the palm of their hand?).

I will not spoil the ending but I didn’t care for the ending like I hoped I would, although I figured out what would happen and hoped it wasn’t so.  But it was.  I’m not sure whether I’ll follow along with their further adventures, although I am curious about what happens to them, so I may change my mind.

There was no indication of any multiculturalism at all, unless you count the fact that the peculiars are different and the main character could be Jewish.  There was a little bit of kissing but no sex so it was totally appropriate for teens and maybe tweens (if you like them to read scary things).

Overall I give it 3 paws and recommend it if you like fantasy.  Do check out the photographs they are an excellent addition to the book.

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

9 replies on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – UPDATE”

yeah cindy its not for everyone. i’ll admit if i hadnt received a free copy i would not pick it up.

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