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  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    by Ransom Riggs
    352 pages

    Reviewed by Dr. Russ Yocum

    “To have endured all the horrors he did, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that the honorable and good and brave person I knew him to be–that was magical.” (Riggs, Kindle p. 88 of 348)

    Jacob Portman’s quest to learn answers about his grandpa, Abe Portman,leads him from Florida to the Isle of Cairnholm. Jacob is hounded onhis journey by flesh-eating monsters and finally discovers the answers among the “peculiar” inhabitants of Cairnholm who were his grandpa’s childhood friends.


    A fantastic tale populated by monsters and “peculiar” time manipulators, shape-shifters, and children who are endowed with super-strength, are invisible, or who can create and control fire will leave readers asking themselves what their own life’s journeys are about. What monsters are hounding us? How can we find the strength to defeat those monsters? What peculiar talents do we and our friends possess?


    Notes to Teachers: . Teachers can use this book to have their students explore metaphor, symbolism, and allegory. There is mild mature language used, but it does not distract from the story.

    Suggestions for Possible Concepts: Loss, Personal Limits, Self-Discovery, and Identifying Life Journey (Destiny).


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