Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Harry Potter series

Book Pairing

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children   Harry Potter series

Potter fans out there!  If you wanted something to bring you back to that magical eerie feeling you had when reading Rowling’s famous series, try your hand at reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  There is technically no “magic” in Riggs’ novel, but there are definitely characters who are peculiar enough that they just may have fallen from a Potter book without even knowing it.  Each child that you are introduced to has a special talent (or curse) such as being invisible, or having powers to create fire/light, being able to levitate, or being unbelievabley strong, etc.  The spool here between the two titles is the age group of the children featured in the story, the contemporary setting, and the antagonists which are monsters called The Hollowgast (The Hollows for short—sound familiar?).  Even Miss Peregrine herself has some Professor McGonagall qualities.  Jacob Portman is the sixteen year-old protagonist who finds himself on a secluded island discovering his grandfather’s secret after his grandfather dies.  The book is written to compliment the strange black and white photos that fill the pages, making it an interesting story.  There is young love and the novel ends in a way that makes you think there will be more to come.  Apparently, it has been taken under film rights and will be hitting the big screen eventually.  All this to say that if you liked Harry Potter, you will enjoy Riggs’ witty work!

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