MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

review | Katie Wisniewski

When I was asked to cover this movie there was not much arm twisting involved—I had read the book series by Ransom Riggs over the summer and it became my favorite read for 3 weeks as I delved into the magical world of Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children.  

Jake had always grown up thinking he was a normal kid, boring even. When Abe, his beloved grandfather, passes away unexpectedly and in somewhat of a mysterious manner, Jake travels to a small desolate island called Cairnholm after a few “clues” were left behind.

It is on the island that he seeks out the orphanage his grandfather grew up in.  Abe had told Jake stories of his upbringing in the orphanage and the unique talents all the children living there inhibited: sparking fire with hands; strength beyond a child, or adults, capabilities; and making inanimate objects come to life.

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He discovers that the children’s home is in a “loop” or a time continuum of sorts.  It has been created by Miss Peregrine, and she is only able to do so being an Ymbryne, or the ability to change into a bird.  It has been created to cycle through every 24 hours to repeat September 3, 1943.  The creation of their home in the loop has kept the children safe from a world that has shunned their peculiarities. Jake’s entrance into the loop is how he discovers that the stories his grandfather told of Miss Peregrine and the children were indeed real.  

 
 
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They quickly realize that the loop is being compromised by wights, who evolved from hollowgasts, that are power hungry in the peculiar world.  Miss Peregrine and the children must flee the loop to save their lives.  Jake flees with them when he learns he, in fact, has his own “peculiar trait” that will help ensure their safety.  Will he stay through their journey?  He is torn between returning to his modern times or remaining in 1943 where he has a new found relationship with Emma and her housemates.  

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