As the weather grows ever warmer (or should be, anyway), teachers across the nation are hard at work assembling summer reading lists for their students. The website Edutopia recently featured an article to help educators do just that, including Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk Books) on their list of “Top Ten Young Adult Reads.” This fantasy adventure by Ransom Riggs tells the story of sixteen-year-old Jacob as he encounters the magical, macabre, and downright bizarre residents of a seemingly deserted island, including the enigmatic Miss Peregrine herself. Along the way, he learns a dark family secret and unravels a mystery surrounding his grandfather’s past. Riggs’s incorporation of vintage photography in the book adds a haunting and delightful visual element that only serves to further enrich the experience and spark readers’ imaginations.
Elena Aguilar, the author of the Edutopia article and a transformational leadership coach from Oakland, CA, praises the book’s unique qualities and its engaging nature, writing, “This novel’s haunting twists and turns will keep you glued to its pages.” Riggs’s novel is in good company, listed alongside beloved young adult classics such as The House on Mango Street and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Luckily, there are plenty of more pages for fans to be glued to, as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is part of a trilogy. Hollow City and Library of Souls continue Jacob and his friends’ fantastical adventures with the same eccentric edge. Furthermore, a film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton, is coming to the big screen on September 30, the perfect reward for students once their summer reading is complete.
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