Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Author: Riggs, Ransom

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Fantasy

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 348

Geographical Setting: Florida, island off the coast of Wales

Time Period: Present Day, September 1940

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Jake Portman has always loved his grandfather’s unusual stories. Abraham Portman led a harrowing life. After fleeing pre World War II era Poland, the elder Portman lived on a remote island off the coast of Wales in an isolated orphanage run by an older woman known as “the Bird”. However, as Jake ages, his grandfather’s stories of terrifying monsters with tentacles and levitating children seem less like reality and more like the ramblings of an old man. When Abe Portman is brutally murdered, Jake decides he must uncover the truth about his grandfather’s past. On the mysterious island of Cairnholm, Jake discovers disturbing facts about the orphanage his grandfather lived in. This compelling mystery, featuring a cast of unusually gifted children, will keep mystery and fantasy readers turning pages. Including photographs and letters, Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children offers a fascinating mystery, with a fantastical twist.

Subject Headings: Orphans-fiction; Islands-fiction; Orphanages- fiction.

Appeal: Atmospheric, creepy, fast-paced, compelling, haunting, suspenseful, experimental, character-driven, off-beat, descriptive, eccentric, mystical

3 terms that best describe this book: Atmospheric, fast-paced, off-beat

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Corbett, Judy Castles in the Air: The Restoration Adventures of Two Young Optimists and A Crumbling Old Mansion (Welsh setting, older houses, mysterious and eerie tone); Golabek, Mona The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport (biography of a woman fleeing pre war Vienna to a London orphanage); Rothbart, Davy Found II: More of the Best Lost, Tossed and Forgotten From Around the World (photographs and images similar to the ones in the book).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: Rendell, Ruth The Water’s Lovely (atmospheric mystery); Poe, Edgar Allen Complete Stories and Poems (Mysteries with a fantasy edge); Grant, Helen The Vanishing of Katharina Linden (protagonist of a similar age, mystery suspense).

Meg Cichantk


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