I feel the need to begin this review with a statement: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (AKA dude with the coolest name ever) is timeless, and I think it will someday be considered a classic. Bold statement? Somewhat, but I believe it will come to fruition. Basically, America finally has their version of Roald Dahl and he comes in the form of a blogger, travel essayist, and exceptional YA novelist. Although, I feel I must mention that Riggs is way better looking than Dahl. Roald was damn talented but kind of silly looking – may he rest in peace.
I started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children the other night when I should have been reading something else. I picked it up because I needed a break. I intended to only read the first few pages, but 100 pages later I hardly noticed how much time had passed since I started reading. I was hooked.
So what is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children about exactly? My first draft of this review had a long, complicated summary that I painstakingly wrote out only to fear that it gave away too much of the story. So here is the official summary provided by the publisher, Quirk Books:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.
Why did this book make such an impression on me? Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is at times a classic adventure story and at other times…its originality is mind blowing. It will appeal to both teen boys and teen girls as well as their moms and dads. At BEA a couple of weeks ago I heard rumors that Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was being optioned for movie rights in a bidding war by a couple of big studios, and I was pleased to read on Riggs’s blog that 20th Century Fox has indeed snapped up the rights. What does this mean? It means this book is a pretty big deal if studios are fighting for the rights before it is even released to the public. Quirk Books is offering the first three chapters for free download on their website. However, if you would like to purchase the book straightaway, you may do so by clicking here . You won’t be disappointed. (BTW – really cool and quite creepy vintage photographs illustrate the book.)
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