Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

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What is a summary of the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is about Jacob, who gets sent back in time to the orphanage where his grandfather grew up during WWII. It's full of children with unique powers. Miss Peregrine created a time loop to protect the orphanage from a bomb and from evil creatures called the hollowgast. Miss Peregrine gets kidnapped by the hollowgast and gets stuck as a bird, ending the time loop, destroying the orphanage, and making Jacob determined to stay and help everyone.

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Ransom Rigg’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a teenage boy named Jacob, who grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories about his rather peculiar life. In the first chapter, his grandfather starts saying that a monster is coming after him. When Jacob goes to visit him shortly after, he finds his grandfather dying and sees the monster that killed him.

After witnessing this, Jacob goes to see a psychiatrist because he is having scary nightmares. His psychiatrist tells him that it might be a good idea to see the orphanage in Wales where his grandfather was raised. So Jacob and his dad go to Wales to see what they can find.

When Jacob is at the orphanage he runs into a girl named Emma who starts a fire from nothing. Jacob runs after her and ends up being transported back in time to World War II on the day before the orphanage was hit by a bomb. Jacob learns that Miss Peregrine, the headmistress at the orphanage, has created a time loop so that the bomb never destroys the place and so they can all stay safe from monsters called the hollowgast. The hollowgast attack the peculiar children at the orphanage with the help of other monsters called wights.

Jacob finds out that his psychiatrist is actually a wight who ends up kidnapping Miss Peregrine. In the end, Jacob and the peculiars find her and kill the psychiatrist, but Miss Peregrine is stuck in bird form. This means she can’t keep up the time loop, so the bomb falls and the orphanage collapses. Ultimately, no one is sure what to do but they know they need to help Miss Peregrine transform. Jacob tells his father that he is going to stay and help. His father says he’s just like his grandfather. Jacob, the peculiars, and Miss Peregrine the bird get into boats and set off into the unknown.

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