Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

Peculiar Mystery & Photos Included February 24, 2013

The only reason I decided to read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was because of the creepy looking cover…

I really didn’t know much about the book beyond that. Turns out, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a mysterious story you’ll probably want to keep reading to figure out what’s going on – especially with the strange black and white pictures scattered throughout the novel.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was an orphanage on an island that Jacob’s grandfather lived in. Grandfather shared stories about growing up in the orphanage and some stories about monsters. He shared his collection of peculiar black and white photos with Jacob. Jacob questioned if the people in the photos could even be real because they were so strange!

After something horrible happens to Grandfather, Jacob is determined to figure out a cryptic message his grandfather gave him about the island. Jacob travels with his dad to the tiny island off the coast of Wales to visit the orphanage. He discovers more than just an abandoned building! What he discovers will forever change his life!

If you like mysteries and aren’t afraid of challenging words in a story – then you should read this book!


3 Responses to “Peculiar Mystery & Photos Included”

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book… but I don’t know why! I know part of it was the intrigue from the pictures, but I really wanted to know if he’d find what he was looking for, and HOW it would happen!

    Thanks for reviewing this book – it’s not well-known by my students, but it’s solid for 7th grade.

  2. Urte Says:

    This book looks pretty scary, so I might check this out the next I’m at the library.

  3. Ryan Bretag Says:

    Gives a different meaning to “don’t judge a book by the cover”, doesn’t it? The image is creepy – Is there visual foreshadowing or just marketing hype?

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