Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Copyright 2011 by Ransom Riggs

“It was a great pleasure meeting you”

Ransom Riggs, writer and maker of movies, debuts his first Young Adult novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Let me just say that this is the most unique book I’ve read in a long time.  The plot is definitely a lot different from what most of the YA titles are currently like.  Jacob, a sixteen-year-old boy, discovers if the stories his grandfather told him about an abandoned orphanage and a world full of monsters really exists, or if they were simply the fairy tales he always thought them to be.  It’s a story of time travel, fantasy, and horror.  Definitely a fresh read for this summer.

The vintage photographs are what really make this book exceptional.  From the cover to what lies inside, all the photos provoke an emotional response in their own way and certainly enhance this book immensely. Those that refuse to read YA at all costs should at least read this one for the photographs alone–the story they tell outside of the one Riggs has created is overwhelming in itself and very cool to think about while flipping through the book.

Overall, this book is great.  The vintage photographs, the peculiarities, the prose- it’s all pretty fantastic.  I tried to come up with something that I didn’t like so this post would be more balanced, but I honestly had a hard time conjuring up anything of that nature.  If you’re looking for a new read, this is the one!

Check it out! http://www.ransomriggs.com

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