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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

I decided I needed a little break from all the holiday posts, so today I'm sharing one of my favorite new books: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  The book is narrated by 16 year old Jacob who grows up listening to his grandfather's stories of the very peculiar children he lived with in Britain during the second world war.  Jacob whole heartedly believes the stories as a child, but begins to doubt that his grandfather ever really lived with an invisible boy. a girl who could float, or any of the other strange children.  The book becomes creepily exciting when Jacob travels to Britain to uncover the mystery surrounding his grandfather's death and to decide once and for all whether his grandfather's stories were true.  

For full effect, I advise reading this book home alone on a dark, spooky night.  While the story really isn't that scary, it does have a few creepy sections and the book also includes a few pictures of the peculiar children that had me sufficiently freaked out.  For all the delightful creepiness the beginning of the book contained, it becomes more of an action-packed-adventure story as mysteries are revealed.  The "known" always feels a lot less scary than the possibilities your imagination can come up with for the "unknown."  

I recommend Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for pre-teen/teenagers as well as adults.  The book has a coming of age element but has enough suspense and mystery to keep adults entertained. 

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