Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This was one of the first books that I downloaded onto Charlotte (Kindle.) It has since been released quite widely in ‘book’ form and I was surprised to see that a lot of booksellers are classifying it as a children’s book. I guess, reflecting back on it, that it is told from a young boy’s perspective and it does involve children and it is written in quite a simple, straightforward manner with little violence etc. Oh, and it has a boy on a quest element to it, which I guess is fairly commonplace in children’s literature these days, so maybe I’m not surprised to find it there. It makes no difference anyway as I enjoyed the story and it has enough quirkiness and originality in it to keep me engrossed and appeal to both adults and children alike.

The story is centered around 15 year old Jacob.  He is very close to his grandfather because he is the only one who ever listened to the old man’s tales of a school for children with special abilities.  One day, his Grandad is brutally murdered and when Jacob goes through his room, he finds old photos that show some of these ‘peculiar’ children.  (These photos form part of the book so you get to see them too.)

Jacob and his father travel to Wales so Jacob can see for himself that his Grandfather’s ramblings – as his father sees them – are completely fabricated.  However, Jacob stumbles upon a trail that leads to an alternate pocket in time where he eventually meets these peculiar children and grows to love and care for them as his Granfather himself did during the bleak, desperate time of the second World War, which plays its’ part in the story too.

This is an intriguing, atmospheric, creepy, magical, suspenseful book that is beautifully written and illustrated.  I plan to buy it in book form too actually so I can look at the beautiful photographs in more detail.  They are apparently genuine and borrowed from a collector’s own vintage collection.  I love them!

This image shows ‘Levitating Girl’ who has to wear weighted shoes to stop herself from floating away.

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