By Lane Herbert
Ransom Riggs, gifted author, reels readers in with his first novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The title is not the only intriguing aspect of his new young adult fiction and dark fantasy. Riggs’s riveting language, alluringly realistic photographs, and inviting storylines capture the minds of his young readers. John Green, author of the award-winning novel, The Fault in Our Stars, conveys his approval to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by saying, “A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.”
Unforgettable indeed, the teenage boy, Jacob, lives in an all too normal present day world when he mysteriously finds his Grandfather dead behind his house. This traumatic event sets Jacob on a journey to a remote island in searc
h of answers for his Grandfather’s perplexing death. When he arrives to the small island off the coast of Wales in search for answers, all he has are more questions. Finding the children’s home his Grandfather told him about in bedtime stories, brings on more obscure thoughts. The tauntingly life-like photographs he finds while wandering the halls of the abandoned 1940’s home invite the realization that his grandfather’s bedtime stories were not just stories. They were real. Strange though it might seem, the children in the photographs were still alive. Throughout the book, Jacob meets the infamous Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children. He learns about the dire situation their peculiarities force upon them and is given the choice to leave and return to his normal life or to stay and save them. Jacob decides to stay, and leads the children on a quest to save Miss Peregrine and their futures.
This extraordinarily written novel reminds all readers that a little courage and leadership skills can go along way. Jacob’s courage and curiosity lead him to the peculiar children and Miss Peregrine and they, along with his leadership lead him and his new friends to safety. Readers have found this book a must read, a cannot miss novel due to its intense story line and wonderful themes. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children invites readers of all ages, schemas, and interests. The photographs tie in the realistic language and strong themes in order to make the story as believable as possible. The story is so authentic that the reader is forced to wonder what his own peculiarity might be. As so wonderfully put by Miss Peregrine, “No one here is embarrassed by their gift.” (Riggs, 166) Find out what your peculiarity is in Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children.