Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Reviewed by Jocelyn Cabauatan


                                                                                                       Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children

From: Goodreads.com


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 seems – they may still be alive.


What would you do if everyone thought your grandpa was completely off his rockers for telling outrages stories about children he lived with through a war and had super hero like powers? The novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs demonstrates that very well. In fact Jacob’s grandfather Abe used to tell Jacob about peculiar children that he lived with during the tragic event of the Holocaust. Jacob’s parents always thought it was Abe’s imagination but Jacob begged them to let him explore the house and the island when Abe passed away that’s when Jacob realized it wasn’t his imagination. My favorite parts of this novel were the unique characters, the different settings, and the use of vocabulary.

The characters in this novel were very unique not only because of their peculiar talents but because of their unique personalities and looks. A lot of them had very nice personalities except for Emma Bloom until you got to know her which in Jacob’s case he did. They all had such spectacular and peculiar talents! For example, Olive had the talent to levitate while another character had a head full of bees literally and could make the bees sting people if he wanted them too! While they all had different talents some of them had very odd but unique looks. For example, the twins who wore the crazy clown looking costumes, and the boy with his face on a dog were two of the very different looks!

The settings in this novel were so in detailed! For example, one of my favorite settings were at the orphanage where the peculiar children lived when Jacob went there at first it seemed like a haunted house that had been torn up and had been abandoned for years. Another one of my favorite settings was at the pub that Jacob and his father stayed at because it kind of helped Jacob discover one of the “ wights “ that had been dangerous to him and his peculiar friends. My last favorite setting was the sea because the water seemed so clear and beautiful. Those are only just some of the different settings in the novel there are many more for people to enjoy reading about.

Lastly, I enjoyed a lot of the unique vocabulary. The characters used a lot of a German-English accents through the book and they used very distinct vocabulary to where you could tell that they had those types of accents. The vocabulary usage also made you laugh a lot because the characters used a lot of sarcasm. They also used very large words that made me think and learn a lot about what some of the words meant. This novel had a very different way of using vocabulary that I believe almost anyone could enjoy.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will intend on reading the next book when it comes out. This novel had a lot of imagination and was written tremendously. This science fiction novel had me on the edge of my seat the entire time while reading it. I almost could never put the book down! I would recommend this novel to any teenager or eighth grader that’s looking for something that’s going to put them on the edge of their seats. Through the use of all the unique characters, different settings, and the use of vocabulary Ransom Riggs has successfully written a very amazing novel and I hope more people get to read it soon.


2 responses

  1. Hi, Jocelyn

    First off, I like how genuinely interested in the book you seem! It appears that this book was a great pleasure read for you, which is largely what reading is all about!
    Reading is supposed to be gripping and fun, so I really am glad to see that you enjoyed it. I thought you did a nice job of “selling” the book to those who read your review.
    A few suggestions….
    Make sure that you always proofread your work and check for spelling errors. I often have my fiancé or one of my family members read my work before I turn it in. It helps to have another set of eyes looking at your work. There were a few spelling typos (“outrages,” “too” instead of “to”). Also, there were a few different points that two sentences were combined when they should have been divided by a period. Easy mistakes to make, and we all do it! Just go back and check those out. This will help strengthen your review. Like I previous mentioned, let someone you love and trust review it, as well. That always helps me.
    In the paragraph about the vocabulary, it would help to strengthen your writing even more if you included some actual examples from the text of the words that demonstrate “German-English accents.”
    I think you have a very solid start here. Keep up the good work, and keep reading! I look forward to reading more of your work!


    1. jocelyncabauatan | Reply

      Hello, Hannah
      Thank you for the postive and great feedback. I’m very glad you enjoyed reading my book review. I did very much enjoy the novel I read I’m very happy that you could tell. Also , thank you for the great tip about having somone I love proofread my essays I’ll be sure to use that tip with future essays.
      I’ll also be sure to proofread my work more like you suggested. I’ll especially watch with the way I spell “to” and “too”. I’ll also be sure to use more examples like you suggested. Thank you once more for the postive feedback and the great tips. I’ll be sure to use all the tips you gave me for future essays. If you have any other tips on how to possibly make my essays stronger and better please let me know.Thank you again for all the great feedback.
      Jocelyn Cabauatan

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