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


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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