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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (June 7, 2011)
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A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Profanity - MODERATE
Sexual - MILD
Violence - EXTREME

My Review
Have you ever finished a book and after closing it, your first thought was... "How on earth am I going to explain the depth to how much I liked this book?"... Well that's how I feel right now. I loved this book, there is no other way of telling you how amazing this book was. Ransom Riggs is pure genius!

The way Riggs tells a story is so layered with detail and he has a way of making you feel like you are watching the story come alive on the big screen instead of reading it in a book. The idea of using old photographs to tell his story was really cool. I couldn't wait to reach the next photograph in the book because by then I knew the background of the picture, and it all made sense.

For all of you who do not know just yet... Jacob's grandfather Abraham Portman had some wild, crazy stories about some children's home he grew up in. Grandpa Portman was born in Poland and when he turned twelve he was sent to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in Wales during World War II. Grandpa was always afraid of monsters, he said he could see them everywhere. Of course, Jacob and his parents never believed any of his peculiar stories about the little girl who could levitate, the invisible kid, the one who could make fire with her hands and of course, the monsters. Even after grandpa showed him pictures that he saved over the last sixty years or so for proof.

These stories just sounded fabricated, everyone thought Grandpa Portman was losing his mind. Until..... his mysterious death! That's when Jacob convinced his father to take him on a journey, a journey to the mysterious island where Abraham Portman grew up. The setting was on a spooky island that very little happened, and very few people lived there. Jacob and his father stayed in a pub in the upstairs quarters. Everyone seemed a little strange, but nice and pretty normal as far as Jacob was concerned. It wasn't until the second day he arrived that he convinced his father to let him go explore the island on his own.

Guess what happens next???

Yes, he finds the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children . Yet it has been demolished by a World War II bomb. What now? you ask. Well, while he was exploring the house, he finds more vintage pictures of peculiar children doing peculiar things. He also finds odd things like jars of hearts, lungs, eyeballs, brains and other assorted organs. While he is completely freaked out he hears voices... children's voices... peculiar children's voices.

This book was so great, I had high expectations for this book and the book exceeded them greatly. It was really spooky, yet heartwarming and romantic at the same time. I fell in love with the peculiar children. I wanted to protect them, bring them home with me. Yes, I would have adopted them all. The detail Riggs used to develop each of their characters was flawless. No one could have nailed their personalities better. I was sad when the book ended because I just fell in love with each peculiar child.