Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

16-year-old Jacob Portman lived a perfectly normal life in Florida, USA, until his grandfathers’ sudden death. Desperate to shake the nightmares and discover the truth about his grandfathers’ mysterious past, he travels half-way around the world to the tiny Welsh island where Miss Peregrine ran a children’s home during WWII.

That’s all I’m giving you. To tell you any more might be giving away too much. Ransom Riggs blends together a series of strange black & white photos into a cohesive story that kept me hooked until the very end (which turned out to be a bit of a cliff-hanger… now I NEED to get my hands on the sequel, Hollow City).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was in many ways unlike anything I’ve read before, so I’m finding it hard to make a recommendation. While it appears to be aimed at a young adult audience, it certainly has plenty in it for adults to enjoy. I would point out that as the title suggests, some peculiar things happen in the story, so if you don’t enjoy speculative fiction this probably isn’t for you…

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