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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenDespite being a relative newcomer to the magical world of fantasy, Ransom Riggs makes a darn good introduction.  The first in the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series begins with Jacob Portman, a rather uninterested and uncommitted average teenager in Florida who is, well, bored.  He’s bored of his life as it is and as it is destined to be – the heir to Smart-Aid, a chain of drug stores.  He wants nothing to do with it and does all he can to mess up his job stocking shelves.  All of his life, he listened to his grandfather’s fantastical stories of children with special abilities and of monsters with gnashing teeth.  Eventually Jacob grew out of these stories while his grandfather was increasingly haunted by them.  It isn’t until the night Jacob finds his grandfather’s body as a demon runs away that the nightmares become his own.  Desperate to help their increasing disturbed son, his parents send him to Wales to discover the truth and bring closure to his thunderous relationship with his grandfather. But he does not find peace.  In fact, the very modern and conventional Jacob finds 1940’s wartime Britain.  Quite literally.  He stumbles into a loop, an expanse of time that repeats itself everyday so as to protect the children their.  This is no ordinary orphanage however and each of the residents there while appearing to be children or teenagers, are all in their 100s having been preserved by a repeated magical day and protected by their ymbryne, Miss Peregrine.  Each of the children are peculiar and not with your average oddities.  Emma can create fire, Bronwyn can break metal bars, Olive is not tethered to the ground by gravity, etc.  It is here that Jacob discovers that his grandfather was also quite peculiar.  Time does not stay idyllic for much longer though, and eventually the dreaded wights (so-called humans who hunt the peculiar children) and hollows/hollowgasts (invisible monsters who will hunt anything) find their way into their loop.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would suggest to anyone who has appreciated “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket, “The Emerald Atlas” by John Stephens, or “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne Valente.  The book is also slated to be released as a film in 2016 directed by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson.- a post from Sarah

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