A few weeks ago I discovered that my mail was being held at the Post Office. Silly postal service did not get the memo that we had moved. But that’s another story. What matters here is that when I did get my large pile of bills, change of address notices, travel voucher checks, etc. I discovered that I had received my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had arrived from Quirk Books!
I wish I could say I dug right in and finished the book in a day, but I can’t. Things have been crazy/busy, so it took some time to dive in. And once I did, I could hardly put this book down. Here’s why:
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (by Ransom Riggs) is the story of Jacob and his grandfather, Abraham. Like most grandfathers, Jacob’s told stories. These stories were of a particularly bizarre nature. There was the story of a home that orphaned children escaped to during The War (WWII) for protection. This home was a haven for victims of the Holocaust and bombings that had torn their homes — and families — apart. The children that live in this home, according to Abe, had special gifts. There were siblings who could lift heavy objects with ease, a girl who could hold fire in her hands, a boy with bees living inside of him, and an invisible boy. Not your normal orphan spread. All of these special children lived under the supervision and care of Miss Peregrine, or “The Bird.”
Jacob grows up listening to these stories and seeing photographs of the peculiar children, but like most children he stops believing in the stories and the peculiar children after being bullied at school. After telling his grandpa he no longer believed in the fairy tales, his grandfather stopped telling stories. And that was Before. And then there was the After. The After reveals the dangerous secrets of the Peculiar children and the mysteries surrounding their home.
Riggs does an excellent job of captivating his readers. Once you pick this book up, it is difficult to put down. Readers have an inside look at what Jacob is going through — his thoughts, his disbelief, and his emotions. We also have a look at who the Peculiar children were and whether Grandpa Abraham’s stories were true, or just a story he used to cope with the horrors of being hunted during the Holocaust, orphaned, and exiled to a remote island.
To know more about what happens in the Before and After or the mysterious life of Abraham Portman, check out Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (you can buy a copy of this New York Times Bestseller at http://www.quirkbooks.com)