Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs
Publication date: June 7, 2011
Quirk Books, 352 pages
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
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 the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
— Amazon.com description
Quirk Books is certainly living up to its name with this one, because there’s no other way to describe this book than “quirky.” Well, “creepy” would probably work too.
There’s a mystery and some surprises and time travel and — above all — really creepy as hell pictures. If you’re an eBook fan, skip it for this book and opt for the physical copy instead. The pages are thick and glossy and beautifully typeset, but it’s the pictures that really stun: Old-fashioned prints of circus-like children doing very, well, peculiar things.
Did I love the story? No. And judging by the time we actually spent discussing the book (approx. 15 minutes), my book club didn’t either. The monsters surprised us and the characters seemed muddled and the little taste of romance was a little too icky for our tastes (you’ll see).
Still, it was a cool way for me to branch out from my usual reading habits.