Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

When Jacob Portman was little his grandfather told him stories about his own childhood and, even though they seemed outrageous, Jacob believed them. His father told him that the stories he was told were fake, or at least a fairytale version of the truth, but was he really right? With his grandfather’s dying breath he told Jacob: “Find the bird. The loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940. Emerson-the letter. Tell them what happened, Yakob.” Jacob had so many questions and no way to answer them. Did he mean the bird who smoked a pipe he always mentioned in his stories? What is the loop? Who is Emerson and what letter? For his birthday, his aunt gave him a book called The Selected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson that his grandfather had written his(Jacob’s) name in the front. When he got up to leave, a letter fell out of the book. Is this what he meant when he said “Emerson-the letter”? Sure enough it was. The letter lead him to Cairnholm Is., Cymru in the UK where he found the house all blown up and moldy. He was going to give up, when, he was searching around the house one time and the kids that he had seen in his grandfather’s pictures showed up. He tried to talk to them, but they ran away, so he followed them and found the loop. Little did he know that a wight and a hollow were trying to get inside the loop and kidnap Miss Peregrine to use her for an experiment just like they did with all the other ymbrynes(peculiars who can turn into birds and manipulate time).

Plot Summary

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is filled with action and excitement. The pace is a little slow at times that it seemed like it should have been faster, but overall it was excellent. I liked how he introduced the characters into the story when they came in. I really enjoyed the plot, it was just marvelous, in my opinion. And the strange pictures that are scattered throughout the book give it a sorta creepy vibe, which I thought was very interesting. There is some foul language, but other than that it was really quite good. I would give this book a star rating of 4 out of 5.



Character Descriptions

The book starts out in 2010(present time because that is when the book was written) in the U.S. Then, after a couple chapters, they travel to Cairnholm Is., Cymru, UK. On the island the main character(Jacob Portman) discovers a loop that continuously plays September 3, 1940. In that loop Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children live in a gigantic house that they also use as their school. In the backyard of this house there are gigantic hedge sculptures that Fiona grew using her peculiar talent. But in the real world(before he found the loop) Jacob went to the house and found only the some of the house because at the end of September 3, 1940 the Germans bombed the island and the house was hit.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By:Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine has brown hair, grey eyes, is very pale, and wears a lot of black. She is very mysterious, as well as being clever and kind. Jacob Portman has dark brown hair and light blue eyes. He is usually very worried, and is not so confident. He always wished that his life would be extraordinary.Emma Bloom has brown hair and brown eyes. She would always write to Abe(Jacob’s grandfather) wishing that he would come back, because he left to fight in WWII and said he would return and never did. When Jacob found the loop and entered it she wanted to believe that he was a wight, because she knew that if he was really Jacob Portman that would mean that Abe was dead and she couldn’t deal with that.

Glog by: Helen Hawthorne Period 4 6 December, 2015

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