Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I actually bought this book about 5 years ago, and have only just gotten around to reading it. Ooops…

From the blurb:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.


A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

If you haven’t heard of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, firstly – are you okay? This book was a massive hit, has spawned two sequels, graphic novels and a movie adaptation directed by Tim Burton. 

The main USP for this book was its inventive use of creepy vintage photographs throughout the story.  The author claims that these are mostly untouched, but I’m not convinced… 

Without giving too much away, this novel is about a 15 year old boy called Jacob, who’s grandfather claimed to be a monster hunter. Grandad Portman told Jacob fantastical stories about living on an island with children who could do strange things, he even had photographs to prove it. 

As Jacob gets older he starts to question his grandfather’s stories; his dad explains that his grandad was a Polish refugee during the second world war, and that his whole family was killed in a Nazi concentration camp. The stories are his way of talking about what happened. 

Then something happens that makes Jake think his grandad may have been telling the truth after all…

I loved this book – I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I loved the use of vintage photos, letters and sketches to illustrate the story. A large part of the story was set in Wales (where I live!) which was brilliant, but there were a few misused colloquialisms that made me cringe a bit. For that reason I gave this book 4.5 stars on Goodreads. 

Let me know if you’ve read this series and your thoughts in the comments below.

Cheerio!

Stephani Xxx

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