Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
First sentence: "I spent the last afternoon of Before constructing a 1/10,000-scale replica of the Empire State Building from boxes of adult diapers."
From the front flap: "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 Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow -- impossible though it seems -- they may still be alive."
My take: I liked the book. One thing I enjoy while reading is when the author throws in a little humor to make ma laugh out loud and Ransom Riggs does not disappoint in that area. I have on teensy issue with what is written on the flap to what I remember happening in the book. I don't remember the children being dangerous or the possibility of their being quarantined, either. Perhaps I flew over that part half asleep one night. But the book is an adventure and there is time travel. The Peculiar Children are more like circus freaks or they all have a special "gift" or talent. Jacob will soon find out some secrets about himself and his grandfather that will surprise him -- and the reader. Enjoyable debut!
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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books; Book Club edition (June 7, 2011)
My rating: B