Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children By: Ransom Riggs 

Peculiar that can see hollowgasts; he is sixteen-years-old, lives in Florida and is the grandson of Abraham Portman

Summary

Theme

Peculiar comes from the Latin peculiaris, meaning one's own, or personal. In English, it originally meant belonging to one person, private, like your fondness for your peculiar hairbrush. It also had the meaning of something unlike others, special, or remarkable. Eventually we mostly stopped using it for belongings, instead using peculiar to mean unusual or odd. We could make an argument for either definition, old or new, in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The peculiar children of the title are definitely unusual or odd, but they're also special and remarkable. In order to stay safe, they have to stay private, sealed away from the rest of society. It's fitting, really, that both the old and new usage of the word work, since time has technically gone on, though the children are trapped in a loop of the past (until the very end, of course).

Jacob Portman

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here, one of whom was his own grandfather, were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow, impossible though it seemsm, they may still be alive. They end up to be alive and then jacob finds out that he can see the monsters that have been trying to kill the children for years. Then Jacob starts to fancy Emma Bloom. Jacob then finds out that his grandfather and emma were lovers before he left the island.

The setting for most of the story isCairnholm Island, Wales

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Abraham Portman

Jacob's grandfather. He was also a peculiar child who could see hollowgasts, but left Miss Peregrine's to fight in the war.

By: Grace Swider


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