Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Characters and Photos in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children College

Ransom Riggs, an American filmmaker and writer, first got his idea for a novel with pictures when he randomly ran across some sinister-looking vintage photos. Ransom recalls, “[the photos] suggest stories even though you don't know who the people are or exactly when they were taken” (Staskiewicz 1). Based off the photos, he began a story and the more he wrote, the more inherent it became that he searched for more. He wound up combing swap meets and flea markets for evocative photos that he felt deserved a spot in his novel. With 349 pages of a storyline that defies categorization, characters that are eerily intriguing, and eye-catching, eccentric, archaic photographs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a quirky and noteworthy young adult novel.

Category, or genre, is what gives a novel a sense of belonging in the literary world. Category is what separates books into groups so that readers may identify a favorite and select other novels that are ideally the same. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a whole other category by itself. S.G.B., in Audiofile Magazine, writes, “In addition to creating one of the best titles for a young person’s book in recent memory, Riggs has also produced a clever and...

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