As a child, Jacob was told many stories by his grandfather, Abraham. He talked about the peculiar children he knew in a special home run by Miss Peregrine. As Jacob gets older, he doubts his grandfather's stories, until Abraham is killed and with his dying breath he tells Jacob to find the bird in the loop. Jacob sees a strange creature that no-one else can see.
No-one believes Jacob. Thinking he is grief stricken and in shock, his parents send him to therapy with Dr Golan. But, when Jacob's Aunt gives him a book that his grandfather wanted him to have, he finds a letter that just may prove that Abraham wasn't crazy and nether is Jacob.
It took me a while to finish the book because I had some other commitments (and I confess I got a bit hooked on Netflix as well.) I swayed back and forth with this book, and since I watched the movie when I was half finished with the book (something I don't usually do) I think I got sidetracked.However, the idea of the peculiar children really appealed to me. The photographs in the book were very interesting, and a great idea of Riggs to use as a writing prompt. It brought together two of my loves - archives and reading.
This is a great little book for your young adult or pre-teen. You could even read it together as a family book. It can start a lot of discussions about how people who were different were treated, how they are treated now and how we should move forward.
If you liked Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Coraline, or Frankenstein, I think you will enjoy this book.
The movie stays fairly true to the plot of the book, but it gets into the action much faster. Don't read any further if you haven't both read the first book and seen the movie.
It was very magical going to this movie. There have only been a few movies that feel as though you have stepped into a magical world. Then it's worth going to the theatre to see it on the big screen. This was one of those movies. One of those beautiful movies that combines, fantasy, history and breathtaking beauty. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Some differences between the book and the movie:
Emma and Olive had their peculiarities swapped.
Dr Golan was female in the movie which makes for an interesting twist.
The ending of the movie went off in another direction with the boat and the carnival chase, but I haven't read the other books so maybe it was from there.
At the end of the movie, Miss Peregrine can turn back to her human form, and it shows Jacob going home and seeing his grandfather alive which is not what is shown in the book. The book leaves some unanswered questions for Jacob to have further adventures with the peculiar children.
Did you spot any differences? There were quite a few but they weren't huge game changers in my opinion.
I'll leave the last word on it to Ransom Riggs:
Author's Website: http://www.ransomriggs.com/