Monday, April 17, 2017

Teen Review: Peculiar Children!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Fantasy, adventure
352 pages
First of a trilogy
Appropriate for ages 12+ (brief cursing)

Reviewed by M.S., grade 11

Jacob Portman is a simple teenager with rich parents living in Florida. Jacob decides to travel to an island off the coast of Wales where his grandfather grew up, in order to find out more about him and the people with whom he lived. Jacob discovers the home his grandfather lived in had been destroyed, and also that the people he lived with were children with peculiar abilities. By chance, Jacob is able to find these children and discover that they are much more dangerous than they seem.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first novel of a trilogy and one of the best books I read in 2016 (and I read more than a dozen). It depicts life as a teenager and takes readers on an exciting journey full of action, young love, and a plot twist that caused me to put the book down for an hour to process it. The characters are incredibly complex, to the point where you can relate to nearly all of them because they are so realistic and multi­dimensional.

I highly recommend reading this book, and I would rate it a 5 out of 5.

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