Reviews for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2011 August
In addition to creating one of the best titles for a young person's book in recent memory, Riggs has also produced a clever and unusual first-person story of time travel. Jacob loves his grandfather but is a bit wary of his fantastic stories of his youth and the weird kids who were his friends. Narrator Jesse Bernstein is compelling as Grandad and Jacob, as well as the diverse kids who were sent off to a Welsh island for safekeeping during WWII. At times, the story is a bit difficult to follow, but listeners are aided by Bernstein's steady narration. The abrupt ending is a surprise--even a disappointment. One hopes for a sequel. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 9 Up--Jacob, 17, spends his time listening to his Grandpa Portman's fantastical stories about the monsters and peculiar children with whom he was raised after being saved from the Nazi death camps during World War II. After years of hearing these tales, Jacob decides that they are just fairy tales until he receives a desperate phone call from his dying grandfather. The teen rushes to his side only to have him utter a warning which sends him to a remote island off Wales to find the home in which the elderly man was raised. He discovers that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been abandoned for a long time. At this point, the story shifts to a fantastical mystery mixing the past with the present. Jacob enters the loop and meets the bird--both part of Grandpa's warning. He meets the peculiar children and learns more about his grandpa and his own capabilities to see the monsters. Ransom Riggs's novel (Quirk Books, 2011) features a twisting plot, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and a light love affair that will intrigue listeners. Told through Jacob's perspective, narrator Jesse Bernstein skillfully juggles a variety of voices of all ages as well as American and English accents. Have the book available so listeners can peruse the photos. The book's open-ended conclusion hints at a sequel.--Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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