When I first picked up Ransom Rigg’s young adult novel, I was nervous. It didn’t seem like the type of book that I generally enjoy reading, but I am so happy I did pick it up because it’s wonderful! The story is clever and the characters are heart-felt.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children tells the story of 16 year old Jacob Portman, an awkward kid that doesn’t have to many friends. When he was younger, he was entranced my his Grandfather’s tales of strange children with magical powers and abilities. He was fascinated, especially because his grandfather had pictures to support his mythical claims. However, when he got 0older, he recognized that the vintage pictures as fakes, and started laughing off the unbelievable tales of monsters and men with powers. Then, when he his Grandfather dies at the hand of an actual monster, Jacob breaks down mentally, unable to handle the two realities. On a spur of the moment trip to Wales, Jacob then discovers even more about the stories his Grandfather told him . . . Stories including an academy run by the strange Miss. Peregrine and her wards.
A cool thing about Miss. Peregrine is that the book comes with the pictures. During Jacob’s childhood, his Grandfather would show him various vintage images of all the peculiar children he described. When we (the reader) actually gets to meet these characters, they accompany the written words. The pictures really help paint a picture of the characters. There also aren’t too many pictures, which is also very nice.
The characters in Miss. Peregrine are extremely endearing. Jacob is strong lead, and isn’t stereotypical. I really loved reading about his mental and emotional state during the story; I appreciate the fact that it is realistic. I mean, who finds out monsters and children with superpowers, and doesn’t have a hard time handling it? Other characters like Miss. Peregrine and Emma are fun and fascinating. Although he doesn’t appear in the story physically a whole lot, Jacob’s Grandfather also proves extremely fascinating.
Miss. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is actually a little sad if you think about it. The Peculiar Children, gifted with extraordinary abilities, are persecuted for being different.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen the most horrendous massacres of spells of hatred to certain people groups. Whether it’s the Jews in Nazi-era Germany or African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s, there have always been people who are mistreated, absued simply because of the way that they are.
Through a exciting, spin-tingling tale of an teenager boy helping a group of peculiar children stay safe from the outside world, we see how discrimination effects people. The Peculiar children chose to be safe from the people who shun them and the monsters who hunt them, just like the Jewish people had to flee Germany in order to escape their oppressors.
Should you read Miss. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children? If you enjoy a slightly-spooky, fast-paced fantasy/adventure. I enjoyed it, and I’m not a fantasy fan. I think it has a little something for everyone, which has caused millions of people to enjoy it. I hope you pick it up and enjoy it too.