Hi book friends!
Even though the book posts on here have been pretty consistent, I have a confession: I had a lull of reading where I just didn't read very much at all for a few weeks. I read a ton at the beginning of July (hence the consistent posting) and loved it. I was back in that reading flow where I remember why I love reading and it just feels so natural. Then, we moved and renovated and things were crazy; everything we thought would be simple (getting internet or our appliances) turned out to be way more of a struggle than we anticipated and so reading fell to the back burner. My students think I don't understand this or that I read constantly, but I get why it's hard to find time to read or reading being hard. BUT, this book brought me back. It took me a while to finish it for the above reasons but it's getting me back to my regular reading and I"m pretty excited about that.
So, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is about a teen boy named Jacob and his grandfather, who tells him outrageous stories about childhood friends who can levitate or make fire or have mouthes in the back of their heads. He even shows Jacob old pictures. At first, Jacob believes him but, as he grows older and is confronted with the unlikely reality of these stories, he decides that his grandfather made them up to deal with the trauma of being the only survivor in his family and then fighting in war. However, a sudden turn of events upends Jacob's seemingly normal life and makes him question everything he'd come to assume about his grandfather and his tales until he decides to go on a quest to get all of his questions answered.
There were a lot of things that kept me coming back to this book. First, I love that the author included the old photographs, which he talks about at the end of the book and says that all of the pictures are real and were the inspiration for the book ( which of course I also love! ). One thing that often bothers me with books, sometimes particularly YA books, is that they can be predictable. I'm happy to say that I didn't see many of the twists in this book coming. These continuing surprises made it a great read for me. Finally, more than I would think, kids ask me for recommendations of horror books and it always throws me. I'm not a horror fan at all so I never know what to recommend and especially what is age appropriate. This book is definitely horror but in a way that I would feel comfortable recommending it to middle schoolers. I'm psyched to have this recommendation in my pocket for any horror readers this year!
You would like this book if you like. . .
*horror, mystery, or sci-fi
*characters who have unique talents or don't fit in
*suspense or twists and turns
*characters on quests or journeys to find answers
*a good read!
Any of you horror readers? Any good recommendations for my horror loving kids?
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green