Since Jacob was a little boy he has idolized his grandfather, Abe. With all of his fascinating stories and strange pictures, Jacob is nothing less than wonderstruck by his grandfather’s life. Yet as Jacob grows older, just like with Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy he stops believing his grandfather’s odd tales. But then when his grandfather dies and Jacob comes face-to-face with the monster that killed him, Jacob realizes that those outrageous stories may not be so outrageous after all.
When you first stumble upon this book, you’re already drawn to it from it’s cover. Creepy, mysterious and utterly intriguing, there’s no way you can walk past this book in the library. And you’ll be glad you didn’t because there’s no other book quite like this, especially in Young Adult fiction. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children deserves five stars for it’s creative story, it’s funny characters and completely awesome pictures. Although the first few chapters are a little dull, once the mystery begins to unfold you become more and more engrossed in the story. There’s enough plot-twists to keep you on your toes and the plot is never too elaborate. Another plus is how funny the characters are (especially Millard!). All of the “peculiars” had very different personalities and strengths, but all of them were entertaining and downright hilarious at times. However, the real reason why I loved this book was the photographs. I still wonder, where did Ransom Riggs find all of these great photos?!
There’s a lot that’s memorable in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but the pictures are by far unforgettable. All the pictures are creepy, vintage and they relate well to the plot, enhancing the story.
Reviewed by Rylan, Grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library