This week, please welcome Devin! Right before attending Devin's birthday party, I asked him what he might want as a gift. Well, to my delight, he told me he wanted this book! I asked Devin to join us for this week's K10 because I was curious what would prompt him to ask for this book for his birthday.
Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My first name is Devin, I am 12 years old and my favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry.
What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I chose this book because the cover and the title were interesting.
Can you describe this book in one word?
What was your favorite part of this story?
When Jacob, Emma and the others were trying to rescue Miss Peregrine and Miss Avocet from Dr. Golan.
If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
I would try and help the peculiar children, like Jake, because I would have been the one that put them in danger.
What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
I think you would like it, it's really good, and has a lot of action.
What do you think about the book's cover?
I think it is creepy but also interesting.
Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
I would, because these characters have a lot more to them, and I would like to learn more about them.
Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
I cannot, because this book is not like anything I have ever read.
If you could ask the author one question about this book what would it be?
Where did he get the pictures from?
This question was actually addressed in a December, 2013 article in the New York Times:
Some of the black-and-white snapshots that pepper its pages are Mr. Riggs’s own; some are borrowed from collectors like Robert E. Jackson, whose pictures were exhibited in “The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978,” a 2007 show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Click here to read the full article and learn more about what inspired Ransom Riggs to write this book.
***Thank you Devin for sharing this cool story with us! ***
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.