Everyone has thought about what kind of of superpower, or funny talent, they wished they could have. Flying, being able to breathe underwater, and time travel are usually some of the more popular choices. In the novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs all these daydreams become realities. The book is practically bursting with kids able to bring dolls to life, grow plants from nothing, levitate, or are “just” invisible. Ransom Riggs brings out the kid in all of us and makes you question if time travel and all those peculiar talents could possibly exist.
The book begins with the story of an average boy’s life, Jacob Portman. However, after witnessing his grandfather’s death he is plunged into the mystery that surrounded his grandfather and his past. The majority of the book takes place while Jacob and his Dad visit an island off the coast of Wales, where his Grandpa spent most of his childhood.
Jacob begins to discover the fascinating past, and complicated present of Miss Peregrine's home for the peculiar children. He comes to realize that he is more involved in the equation than he previously thought. Jacob is faced with making a life changing decision that will affect everyone he loves.
This book keeps you on your toes, constantly wondering what was going to happen next. It was very different from any other book I had previously read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was looking for a book that would help me expand the type of genre that I most commonly read, and this book accomplished that. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” would be ideal for someone who enjoys books that challenge their sense of reality, and love the thrill of a good adventure.
Book Review by Mallory Martlock