Reading for a Lifetime Together

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Blog Post By Christian Burton
December 7, 2012, 7:23 pm
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (MPHPC) was a cinematic novel that definitely deserves to be on this list. Its unique , and sometimes disturbing, images burrow the way into your mind. Whenever they were talking about photos in the story, I was excited to see exactly what they were talking about. Great writers don’t always need pictures to let their audience know what they are talking about, but in MPHPC the aged pictures made the book what it was. Ransom Riggs is a phenomenal writer and his story was good all in itself but without those photos it would not have been the same.

The story starts with six year old Jacob Portman listening to His grandfather, Abe Portman, telling surreal tales of his old days of him fighting in World War Two and exploring the world. He relived his days with Jacob by talking about his peculiar friends who did peculiar things. The levitating girl, the boy who could lift boulders, and the child with bees coming out of his mouth. All of these were a reality to young Jacob but over time he came to believe that these pictures were just tricks and none were real. His grandfather was old and was losing his mind, and met his death one frantic evening. Jacob becomes traumatized by his death and must deal with these unreal things which seem to become a reality while everyone around him thinks he’s losing his own mind. He loses his only friend and his family grows distant. This is when he goes on a fascinating journey to find closure for himself and his grandfather. What he finds could never be predicted and he comes to a crossroads in his life.



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