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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Monica Khamsy

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Call to Adventure
“There’s no time,” he whispered. Then he raised his head off the ground, trembling with the effort, and breathed into my ear: “Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940.” I nodded, but he could see that I didn't understand. "Emerson—the letter. Tell them what happened, Yakob.” (Riggs 33)
“And that is how someone who is unusually susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the Creeps, the Willies and the seeing things that aren’t really there talks himself into making one last trip to the abandoned, almost-certainly-haunted house where a dozen or more children met their untimely end.” (Riggs 99)
Test & Trial #1

Test & Trial #2

"I underwent a brief interrogation about how how I'd gotten to the house and who had taken me there, and because the easiest kind of lying is when you leave things out of a story rather than make them up, I passed with flying colors." (Riggs 83)
Test & Trial #3
The Supreme Ordeal
Reward & Return

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

By Ransom Riggs
The Monomyth
Elements of the Fantastic Mode
For the first time, my grandfather's last words began to make a strange kind of sense. He wanted me to go to the island and find this woman, his old headmistress. If anybody knew the secrets of his childhood, it would be her." (Riggs 60)
"Would my first trip to Europe be spent evading drunken maniacs and watching birds evacuate their bowels on rocky benches ? Maybe so. But if it meant that I'd finally be able to put my grandfather's mystery and get on with my extraordinary life, anything I had to endure would be worth it. " (Riggs 64)
"It was dramatic and beautiful, unlike any place I'd seen. I felt a thrill of adventure as we chugged into the bay, as if I were sighting land maps had noted only a sweep of undistinguished blue. " (Riggs 67)
Finding the Bird in the Loop
"Trees burst forth from broken windows and skins of scabrous vine gnawed at the walls like antibodies attacking a virus—as if nature itself had waged war against it—but the house seemed unkillable, resolutely upright despite the wrongness of its angles and jagged teeth of sky visible through sections of collapsed roof. I tried to convince myself that it was possible someone could still live there, run-down as it was. " (Riggs 79)
Fat Lies and Mistrust
"I knew I was in for a stern dad talking-to, so I did my best to disarm him before he could start on me.
"I lied to you, dad, and I'm sorry."
"Yeah?" he said sarcastically, trading his wet sweater for a dry one. " That's big of you. Now which lie are we talking about? I cam hardly keep track." (Riggs 201)
""... I slowly drew Miss Peregrine's letter and photo from my jacket, holding it for her to see. " the letter's part of the reason I came here. My grandfather gave it to me. It's from the Bird. That what you call your headmistress, isn't it?" (Riggs 128)
The Wight Worriment
"They could only have been Wights. A pair of them came in the night, disguised as council members. There are no male council members, of course, but it fooled my sleep dazed wards just long enough for the wights to bind them and drag them away...They're taking ymbrynes." (Riggs 252)

"Something occurred to me, Had I ever seen Mr. Barron's eyes? Not really? He was always wearing these giant, old-man sunglasses, too, and a wide brimmed hat. Had I ever given either of them a hard look? How many roles in my life had this chameleon played?" (Riggs 290)
Jacob's eccentric grandfather, Abraham Portman has just passed away after mysteriously being killed by an unknown creature. His last dying words ultimately lead Jacob on a journey to discover his Grandfather's past and uncover the truth. With approval from Jacob's assigned physiologist, Dr Golan to venture on, Jacob and his dad head to the remote island of Cairnholm, Wales.
After nine months of forced, continuous therapy sessions, Jacob is immersed into a new country and is free from counseling. Away from his ordinary life and set in island with an interesting past, the search for Miss Peregrine and the orphanage begins.
"He came in with a gun," Hugh said, studying the dirt..."Locked everyone in the basement and said if Headmistress and Miss Avocet didn't change to birds he'd put an extra hole in my head. So they did, and he stuffed 'em both into a cage.' (Riggs 305)
I had, just for a moment, a clear shot. I tried to empty my mind and focus on steadying my arm, creating an imaginary line that extended from my shoulder through the sight to my target-a man's head. No, not a man, but a corruption of one. A thing. A force that had arranged the murder of my grandfather and exploded all that I'd humbly called a life, poorly lived though it may have been, and carried me here to this place and this moment, in much the way less corrupt and violent forces had done my living and deciding for me since I was old enough to decide anything. Relax your hands, breathe in, hold it. But now I had a chance to force back, a slim nothing of a chance that I could already feel slipping away.

Now squeeze. (Riggs 323)
"Every time he described them he’d toss in some lurid new detail: they stank like putrefying trash; they were invisible except for their shadows; a pack of squirming tentacles lurked inside their mouths and could whip out in an instant and pull you into their powerful jaws.” (Riggs 9)
“…It stared back with eyes that swam in dark liquid, furrowed trenches of carbon-black flesh loose on its hunched frame, its mouth hinged open grotesquely so that a mass of long eel-like tongues could wriggle out.” (Riggs 33)
In this novel there are such creatures called Wights and Hollowgasts who are enemies of peculiar folk. Hollowgasts were once peculiar children until they reversed themselves leading them to become physically tormented and constantly having a hunger for humans. When a hollow consumes enough peculiar they became a wight. Wights are greater in power, are very treacherous and are considered monsters posing a huge threat towards peculiar children and ymbrynes.
Rescuing Miss Peregrine
"The real taxonomy of Homo sapiens is a secret only known to only a few, of whom you will now be one. At base, it is a simple dichotomy: there are the coerlfolc, the teeming mass of common people who make up humanity’s great bulk, and there is the hidden branch—the cypto-sapiens, if you will—who are called syndrigast, or " peculiar spirit " in the venerable language of my people. As you have no doubt surmised, we here are of the later type. (Riggs 149)
"We peculiars are blessed with skills that common people lack, as infinite in combination and variety as others are in pigmentation of their skin or the appearance of their facial features. That said, some skills are common, like reading thoughts, and others are rare, such as the way I can manipulate time." (Riggs 151)
I thought I’d dreamed it… Then a lantern glowed above me, I craned my neck to see half a dozen kids kneeling around the craggy jaws of the broken floor, peering down. I recognized them somehow, though I didn’t know where from. They seemed like faces from a half-remembered dream.” (Riggs 117)
“Odd collection of people. We'd see them in town now and again—the children, sometimes their minder-woman, too—buying milk and medicine and what-have-you. I’d say good morning and they’d look the other way. Kept to themselves, they did, off in that big house. Lot of talk about what might’ve been going on over there, though no one knew for sure.” (Riggs 93)
Fresh Air
Out & About
Unraveling the Mystery
Since he was younger, Jacob Portman had always listened to his grandfather's stories with fascination. Grandpa Abe Portman's childhood was full of tales from his time spent in a orphanage filled with strange children during the midst of the Second World War. Grandpa Portman also had photographs of these peculiar children showcasing their special talents.The sense of wonderment is evident through the novel with Jacob's first astonishment from his younger years as a child to his current age where he starts meeting the children his grandfather had once known and experiencing the wonderment of peculiar children that he had grown to doubt.
"Would my first trip to Europe be spent evading drunken maniacs and watching birds evacuate their bowels on rocky benches ? Maybe so. But if it meant that I'd finally be able to put my grandfather's mystery and get on with my extraordinary life, anything I had to endure would be worth it. " (Riggs 64)
"We've just had word of a new threat," she announced, giving me an appreciative nod. "A man outside our loop has died under suspicious circumstances. We can't be certain of the cause or whether it represents a true threat to our security, but we must conduct ourselves as if it did. Until further notice, no one may leave the house, not even to collect vegetables or bring in a goose for the evening meal." (Riggs 276)
Wights can pass as common folk and blend into human lifestyle. They lack pupils and are in disguise to capture peculiars as they partake in various jobs that usually go unnoticed to the human eye. They aim to turn Hollows into Wights and all peculiars into corpses.
"Wights are adept at passing unnoticed. They tend to adopt personas invisible to society: the gray-suited man on the train; the indigent begging for spare coins; just faces in the crowd. Though some have been known to risk exposure by placing themselves in more prominent positions-physicians, politicians, clergymen-in order to interact with a greater number of people, or to have some measure of power over them, so that they can more easily discover peculiars who might be hiding among common folk-as Abe was." (Riggs 256)
After not believing in his grandfather's stories of strange children anymore, Jacob is given a request to venture on a journey to where his Grandfather's stories all began. He embarks on a journey to find the truth of Grandpa Portman's mysterious orphanage and past life.
Jacob finds the orphanage in ruins and is yet to lose hope on finding any sort of survivor. His chance comes when he encounters the exact girl from one of his grandfather's past photos, Emma Bloom. He follows her into the a loop of the past and learns about some of the mysteries of Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children.
Jacob gets to know the various children who live in a loop of the past that keeps them hidden from prying eyes of the modern world. He spends time with Emma, becomes friends with an invisible boy, Millard, and starts to understand his grandfather's life at the orphanage. All the while lying to his dad about his whereabouts and building lies that lead to his father's growing mistrust of Jacob's actions.
Jacob and his peculiar friends are in lock down due to a sudden threat to their safety. After a death of a local in the modern town, Miss Peregrine fears of a possible Wight finding out the location of the loop and endangering the lives of her wards. The ymbrynes are being sort after and the Wights are on the move.
Miss Peregrine has been kidnapped by Dr Golan. Jacob discovers that Dr Golan is a Wight that his been in disguised in his life waiting for a good chance to capture peculiars and ymbrynes. The final battle between Dr Golan and Jacob ends in success and Miss Peregrine is back in their hands.
“Because we weren’t like other people. We were peculiar.”
“Peculiar how?”
“Oh, all sorts of ways,” he said. “There was a girl who could fly, a boy who had bees living inside him, a brother and sister who could lift boulders over their heads.” (Riggs 10)

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss. Yet as we stood loading our boats in the breaking dawn, on a brand new precipice of Before and After, I thought of everything I was about to leave behind―my parents, my town, my once-best-and-only-friend―and I realized that leaving wouldn't be like I had imagined, like casting of a weight. Their memory was something tangible and heavy, and I would carry it with me.” (Riggs 347-348)
"We swam away with what little strength we had. Behind us, a whirlpool was opening up, all the water displaced by the sub rushing back to fill the void as it sank. The sea was consuming itself and trying to consume us, too, but we had with us now a screeching winged symbol of victory, or half a victory at least, and she gave us the strength to fight the unnatural current. Then we heard Bronwyn shouting our names, and our brawny friend came crashing through the waves to tow us back to safety."(Riggs 327)
Jacob is rewarded with a sense of self-assurance and his friends and Miss Peregrine are all safe. They are ready to protect and survive together for any further battles to come. The loop of the past is broken and they can return to the current world.
Grandpa Portman and his gun.
The Carin tunnel that holds the loop of the past.
Miss Peregrine, nicknamed the Bird.
The peculiar children are a part of the supernatural with wondrous talents. They are another branch of humans that are uncommon, yet very special. Peculiars are a little sum of the human population.
After being told many stories of this children with great abilities, one can not help but wonder and be curious of them. Jacob is curious of all the stories and as a child wondered if it was all true. His journey to Europe is unknown, but he wants to know the truth about his grandfather.
"The top half was a black-and-white photo of a tropical scene of full bodied girls with enormous bangs and vintage-looking swimsuits smiling on a beach. Printed above was “September 1940.” The first and second days of the month had been crossed out. A detached numbness spread over me. I conceded all the strange things I’d seen that morning: the bizarre and sudden change in the weather; the island I thought I’d known, now populated by strangers; how the style of everything around me looked old but the things themselves were new. It could all be explained by the calendar on the wall.” (Riggs 130)
A Wight disguised as a dentist.
Jacob and his friends returning to the present.
Emma Bloom and her ball of fire.
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