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review 2017-01-19 01:34
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

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. (Ransom Riggs)


A delightful book indeed, with elements of horror and fiction, this novel is definitely a must read for people of all ages. If you think you’re too old for a child fiction novel, recommend it to a teenager with a wild imagination. It may be a children’s novel but its wise beyond its target audience. More than being about deformed orphans at an orphanage…this novel is about accepting each others’ peculiarities and making them a tool against the bad in this world instead of staying the odd one out. (Believe me I know a lot about THAT)


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the best stories that people in growing age should read at least once. For adults, it may sound like a far stretch but its basic audience will definitely be smitten by the thick plot twists, the beautiful examples of a teenagers feel misplaced in this world with a little horror added to it. All parents should recommend this book to their teenagers. And if you are all grown up and haven’t read it (and love reading fiction) give it a try. It might be a bit childish in its language but its worth a read. Thanks for bearing with me.


Have a Great Read!

Source: writebeforeyouspeak.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-by-ransom-riggs-book-review-fantasy-horror-novels-fiction-children
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text 2016-09-06 13:33





My first reaction as I started Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was:


It is an epistolary novel. Nobody told me that! Wait, when has that ever come up in a conversation anyway?




So, the book started off with one of the characters writing letters to his sister while he's on a sea voyage.


The second thing that I noticed was boy, this guy can talk! So far, his chatter has not diminished my enjoyment of the book.


Mr. Monster has already made his first appearance although we only get to admire him from a distance. Now, I am listening to the good doctor's narrative.


A quote that stuck with me:

(On the subject of friends) "we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves -- such a friend ought to be -- do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures."




Find out more about Project Frankenstein.

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url 2016-05-11 11:12
Why we shouldn't protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction

There are certain subjects – sex, drink, drugs, violence – that light fires and push buttons. So how do you write about them for teenagers?


Read more here.

Source: www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/may/10/teenagers-controversial-issues-fiction-chris-vick
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quote 2015-12-02 15:18
Adolescents in a house demand that parents finally grow up themselves and be authentic, or else the young persons feel hampered in getting on with their own developmental process.
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review 2015-08-29 16:40
Bluefish/Pat Schmatz
Bluefish - Pat Schmatz

Travis is missing his old home in the country, and he’s missing his old hound, Rosco. Now there’s just the cramped place he shares with his well-meaning but alcoholic grandpa, a new school, and the dreaded routine of passing when he’s called on to read out loud. But that’s before Travis meets Mr. McQueen, who doesn’t take "pass" for an answer—a rare teacher whose savvy persistence has Travis slowly unlocking a book on the natural world. And it’s before Travis is noticed by Velveeta, a girl whose wry banter and colorful scarves belie some hard secrets of her own. With sympathy, humor, and disarming honesty, Pat Schmatz brings to life a cast of utterly believable characters—and captures the moments of trust and connection that make all the difference.


Though this was written about eighth graders, I found the style to be delightful and the characters compelling.


The story was mostly written from a third person omniscient point of view from Travis's perspective, but every chapter had something from Velveeta's perspective. This worked quite quaintly. The sections were short enough that they didn't hinder. Velveeta's voice was so, well, Velveeta, and it really helped to build up her character.


I felt at points that the characters were a little too mature for eighth graders, but then I realized that I was wrong and that yes, in eighth grade it really is important who one goes to the dance with. Their actions were very real and really reminded me of what it was like to be that age.


I didn't even notice that Travis was disabled, just that he hadn't been taught in the right ways for him. He was just a regular kid with regular problems, and I felt him so hard when he had trouble admitting his struggles. His teacher was very admirable.


The strongest aspect of the story was definitely the writing. Schmatz definitely had a compelling style and her words were both simple yet captivating, and she cleverly crafted his story.


I don't commonly find stories about middle schoolers strong, but this one was quite fascinating. With its strong writing, I highly recommend it for anyone in the age group.

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