Monday, August 18, 2014

Teen review: Peculiar Children!

Reviewed by Melody, grade 11


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs, is a fictional novel mainly consisting of fantasy and adventure. The main character is Jacob, a 16-year-old boy who has always craved adventure in his life. However, while attempting to live up to the expectations of his family, Jacob has abandoned the idea of an adventurous life. The only person who seems to understand Jacob is his grandfather. Grandfather Portman has been telling Jacob extraordinary stories involving monsters and children with “special abilities” since he was young, which constantly left Jacob in awe. Nonetheless, as Jacob matures the stories seem to become increasingly difficult to actually believe. When the mysterious death of Grandfather Portman occurs and a cryptic message is left behind, Jacob decides to embark on a journey to unmask his grandfather’s mysterious and dangerous past. Once on the journey, Jacob will discover much more than he thought imaginable and how unordinary his life truly is.

This novel is not only told in thorough details and descriptions, but with spooky yet fascinating photography. The story consists of 382 pages, including a preview of the sequel, Hollow City. For the time being, there is only a sequel to this novel, which is equally as intriguing. Although this book is filled with dangerous missions, there are not many gory details, making it appropriate for young readers. I would suggest this novel to those in the age range of 12 to 17 who enjoy thrilling and spine-chilling novels. I consider this novel enjoyable by almost all ages; there are not many novels that can be entertaining and exciting for such a huge age range. For this reason, it has easily become one of my favorites. It is not the typical adventure-filled novel; it is filled with the learning of true friendship, bravery, and being content with oneself. The authentic, vintage found photographs that are included make this novel specifically unique and endlessly fascinating to read. I would not change a thing about this novel and would rate it a 5 out of 5 stars. As for the cover, it is completely accurate for the spooky ambience portrayed throughout the novel. Fortunately, there is a movie in the making for this novel set to release in 2016!

Editor's note: Here is a photo of Melody meeting author Ransom Riggs at Comicon!

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