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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (2011)

This book has the following things:

1.  Creepy old photos.

2. Bird-people.

3. Time travel.

4. Monsters.

5. Scary half-human-half-monsters.

6.  An abandoned orphanage.

Obviously you need to read it.

CREEPY.

Peregrine is written in a very conversational tone, so it’s a breeze to get through. The plot is quick-moving and does not dwell in drama or emotion, it’s all action action action.  In terms of character development, Riggs only focuses on a handful of characters.  It’s enough to get the reader invested in the key players, but not so much that the reader gets bogged down in back stories. 

Riggs builds Peregrine around real vintage photographs.  He takes the easy way out by creating a world of “Peculiar” children.  My imagination got distracted wondering about the real history behind these photos.  They are so strange, how did they possibly come about?

Like Veronica Roth, Riggs is a contemporary writer with a blog.  He is not as prolific as Roth, but he still writes enough to give you a glimpse into the life of a “real” writer.  As a ridiculous book nerd, I tend to deify authors.  It’s amazing to me to see how down to earth they really are.

Peregrine has been tapped for the silver screen, with Jane Goldman (X-Men First Class) signed on for screenwriting, and Tim Burton for directing.  Peregrine is so visually focused and action driven that it will easily translate to a great movie.

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