Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are so many out there who are already singing the praises of this first novel by Ransom Riggs, what could I possibly have to add?
I’m not sure but allow me to join in the chorus.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is quite simply one the most excellent books I have read recently. I don’t think it’s too much to say that this book is destined to become a classic in the Young Adult fantasy / science-fiction / adventure genres. Maybe even beyond them and into the realm of other “young adult” books we have come to regard as literary classics like “Wuthering Heights,” “The Red Badge of Courage,” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
The book touches on timeless themes such as being stuck in a world in which one does not seem to fit, rites of passage into adulthood, and how we are often left to deal with the demons passed down to us by our elders. And it does so while avoiding the pitfalls often encountered in stories about young people, never seeming trite or embarrassingly dated.
As well, the book includes a number of odd but very authentic photographs that were discovered by Riggs and then worked into the story as either characters or events. It’s a brilliantly executed and (as far as I know) original idea and really adds to the uniqueness of the novel.
I could gush on about “Peculiar Children” but for the sake of brevity, I will not. Nor will I summarize the plot since you can read about it for yourself if you have not already. However, I will tell you that you should read it. It is a wonderful story of peculiarity and adventure, filled with horror, hope and heart, that should be enjoyed far and wide.

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One comment

  1. I was okay with him leaving his fmialy and how quickly they accepted him. He had been hearing stories about those people all his life from his granddad, so it would feel like he already knew them in a way and the reason he didn’t quite fit in at home was because he was one of the peculiar children and that’s why he fit in so well with them.And the leaving them part – he didn’t seem particularly close to either of them and he had something important to do…they would be safer without him around. And he does say goodbye to his dad and even tells him as much of the truth as he can. It would only be really hard to leave if a person was particularly close to their parents. =/

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