Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Emma0
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
When you first look at the cover for Ransom Riggs’Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you might think it’s a book for adults.
While I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone below the age of ten (or older, if you’re sensitive), this is mostly due to the beautiful, but slightly creepy, black and white found photographs of real children. Little else in the story is this scary.
Jacob has been listening to his Grandfather’s tall tales since he was a little boy. But when he stops believing in them, they grow apart. After his Grandfather is killed by a creature Jacob thought couldn’t exist, he sets off for a small island off the coast of Wales on the scent of a mystery that unearths more than he bargained for. Here, he discovers the ruins of a small home in the foggy hills, which transforms suddenly into a living, breathing home with—as you probably guessed from the title—a home for children. And not just peculiar children, gifted children with their own abilities.
The home is stuck in a time-loop to prevent the children from being hurt, and while all looks idyllic, Jacob is unnerved to find that the same day—September 3rd, 1940 to be more specific—repeats itself over and over. While enjoying the company of the children and Miss Peregrine, Jacob is hunted down by the same mysterious force that killed his Grandfather: the hollowghast.
Although I had expected a slightly different kind of story from Rigg’s debut, judged both by the cover and from his general persona online, it’s a genuinely heart-felt tale. A bit of a surprise considering I had assumed it was more of a horror than anything. There are some parts in the end that drag on, and the conclusion wasn’t as satisfying as I’d have liked, but because the ride as a whole was so enjoyable, I will still give this a re-read. And I’ll be interested to see where the sequel takes us; at present, I can only begin imagining what kind of peculiar children we’ll meet along the way.
Ransom Riggs is an American filmmaker and writer who also collects found photographs in peculiar places.