October’s Book of the Month

Book of the Month

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Dark Fantasy



Jacob Portman has been raised on stories of his Grandpa’s youth spent in an eerie Welsh orphanage.  Stories filled with danger, fearsome monsters, and extraordinary children.

Following his Grandfather’s horrific death, Jacob travels to Wales to explore the abandoned orphanage. As he investigates, a startling truth begins to emerge; the orphanage doesn’t appear to have been abandoned after all. Suddenly, it is apparent that his Grandfather’s tales may not have been so far-fetched and Jacob is plunged into a nightmarish adventure.

Ransom Riggs debut novel is a thing of beauty. Riggs, a keen collector of vintage photographs, has woven a thrilling tale around found vintage photographs. The inclusion of the sometimes beautiful, often unsettling photographs brings to life this gripping and unique story.

The novel fits comfortably in the fantasy genre and some interesting ideas are explored. Although it contains sinister and disturbing scenes, it will not keep you awake at night jumping at shadows. There are perilous moments and the story is fast paced, imaginative and intriguing. A big thumbs up!

Recommended by Michelle, Library Assistant at Palatine Library

Happy 2014 from Blackpool Library Service

Don’t forget Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is coming out in the cinema this month and we’re holding a competition to win tickets!

All you have to do is describe, draw or photograph your peculiarity and hand it into any Blackpool library…

If you could choose a peculiarity, what would it be?

Would you choose invisibility, super strength or be lighter than air… or something else?

For more information, click here.


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