Read the Book First- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Hey there book nerds! Kristin here. You might remember me from such experiences as “paying for books at the cash register at Aaron’s”.

So guys, did you hear? The movie version of  Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be released late this summer! This book has been on my “to read” list for a few years and I just hadn’t gotten around to it (you know, life, adulting, etc.), but then I learned that  TIM BURTON is directing the new film based on the book (and I love Tim Burton), so I knew I had to read it before the movie comes out at the end of the summer. Since I just finished reading the book, I’ve decided that my first post will be the start of a series I’m calling “Read the Book First” because #thebookisalwaysbetter.

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Published in 2009, this first book in the Peculiar Children trilogy is set simultaneously in modern-day Florida as well as in 1940’s England. After a gruesome family tragedy, 16 year-old Jacob travels to Wales to find out more about the fantastical stories his grandfather told him as a child. What Jacob uncovers changes his life forever. Time travel, supernatural mysteries, and horrific monsters abound in this gripping first novel by Riggs.

Interspersed with the story are these simultaneously beautiful/creepy vintage photos, which help give the story an added sense of mystery and, well… peculiarity.

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An old photo of one of the children Jacob’s grandfather told him  about in his stories

 

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All of the photos printed in the book are actual vintage found photos the author owns or got permission from collectors to use

If you haven’t read the book yet, do yourself a favor and don’t watch the trailer first. There are already marked differences in the plot and characters just in this two minute snippet. Plus, the book is ALWAYS better. (#thebookisalwaysbetter)  Read it before the movie is released in September 2016! Happy reading! (I’m off to start book 2: Hollow City.)

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