Thursday Book Talk: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I have been on the hunt for a novel to read to my seventh-grade class next year, and I decided on reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Maze Runner. These are two completely different books I know, but I have wanted to read both for a long time. I have finished both and The Maze Runner has won out, but that’s for a different post.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is about a boy, Jacob, who travels to a Welsh island to investigate the childhood home of his grandfather in hopes to gain some understanding surrounding his mysterious death. Jacob and his grandfather were very close. When Jacob was a young boy, his grandfather would tell him stories of the children he grew up with at Miss Peregrine’s home including an invisible boy and a levitating girl. His grandfather would show him pictures of the children and upon his arrival to the island; Jacob was on a search for them.

From the cover of the book, my first thought was that it would be a fun, creepy read for the students. Now, it is a great read and I would definitely recommend it for seventh-grade students and up to read on their own. However, with my first intention of it being a possible novel study for the class, I’m not sure it would fit the bill. I usually read out loud to my students and there are a few unsavory words, which I wouldn’t mind to skip over, however, there are some phrases in the book that would also be uncomfortable for me to read out loud to my students. So, I just decided to not turn it into a study.

The book is the first in a series, which is a plus for a lot of students, and it has a little bit of something for each type of reader. It’s a mysterious adventure and has some romance mixed in. Plus, what makes this book really neat is the incorporation of the vintage pictures of the peculiar children. The book was actually created around collected antique pictures the author discovered at flea markets, antique shops, and homes of collectors. How cool! At the very end of the book, there is a question-answer session with the author and he includes more pictures that he found that are very creepy!

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Has anyone else read this book? What are you reading for your novel studies?!

~Jess

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