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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book Summary

by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs


Following a family tragedy, 16-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote Welsh island where he discovers the abandoned ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar; they may have been dangerous, and quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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Author & Writing Background

Ransom Riggs is an American author and filmmaker known for his peculiar blend of narrative with vernacular photography. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. Riggs’s writing style is imaginative and suspenseful, weaving together elements of fantasy, horror, and mystery. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is his most renowned work, but he has also authored other novels within the series and a collection of short stories.

Key Takeaways

Peculiar Children

The story centers around a group of children with extraordinary abilities, known as peculiars. These abilities range from levitation and invisibility to super strength and the manipulation of fire.

Time Loops

Miss Peregrine, a peculiar herself, creates a time loop to protect the children from the outside world and the dangers that threaten them. This time loop allows them to relive the same day repeatedly, keeping them safe and hidden.

Jacob’s Journey

Jacob Portman, the protagonist, initially views his grandfather’s stories about peculiars as mere fairytales. However, after a traumatic event, he embarks on a journey to find the truth behind the stories and discovers the peculiar world.

Facing Fears

Jacob must confront his own fears and insecurities as he learns to embrace his role in protecting the peculiar children. He discovers hidden strengths and a connection to the peculiar world he never expected.

Good vs. Evil

The story explores the battle between good and evil, as the peculiar children face threats from monstrous creatures known as Hollowgasts and Wights. These dark forces seek to exploit the peculiars for their own sinister purposes.

Importance of Acceptance

The book emphasizes the importance of accepting oneself and others for who they are, regardless of their differences or peculiarities. The peculiar children find solace and belonging within their unique community.

Power of Storytelling

The narrative highlights the power of storytelling and how it connects generations. Jacob’s grandfather’s stories serve as a bridge between the past and the present, revealing hidden truths and guiding Jacob on his path.

Mystery and Intrigue

The book is filled with mystery and intrigue as Jacob uncovers the secrets of Miss Peregrine’s Home and the peculiar world. The story keeps readers guessing and eager to unravel the truth behind the children’s abilities and the dangers they face.

FAQ about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Is this book suitable for young readers?

While the book is categorized as young adult fiction, it contains some dark themes and imagery that may be intense for younger readers. Parental guidance is recommended.

Is the book part of a series?

Yes, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is the first book in a series of six novels. The subsequent books further explore the peculiar world and the adventures of Jacob and his friends.

Is there a movie adaptation of the book?

Yes, a film adaptation directed by Tim Burton was released in 2016.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Quotes

  • ”I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen."
  • "We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high."
  • "Peculiarity is not a deficiency, but rather a form of power.”