Miss P's Home For Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Discussion Quesions

  1. What effect did the photographs have on how you experienced this novel? What was your reading experience of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? How did it make you feel? Were you disturbed or fascinated or something else? Did the book hold your interest?

2. What kind of character is Abe Portman? What kind of a world does he create in his stories for young Jacob? Why do the stories intrigue Jacob so much?

3. As he moves into adolescence, why does Jacob begin to doubt the veracity of his grandfather's stories? In what way does he think they may be connected to Abe's struggle under the Nazis?

4. Which of all the children's abilities would you most like to possess? Are there any you would definitely not want, and why?

5. Were you surprised by the direction that the story took? Were you expecting it to go elsewhere? Was Dr. Golan's true identity a surprise to you? Were you able to suspend disbelief enough to enjoy the story's turn of events?

6. Some readers have complained about the inconsistency of the narrative voice, that it was perhaps too sophisticated for a young boy, even an adolescent? Do you agree, or disagree? Does the narrative voice change during the course of the novel?

7. Does the end satisfy?

8. There is a sequel planned. Will you read it? Where do you think Riggs will take his readers next?

9. Are you able to make sense of the "after," the time loop? Can you explain it? Do you enjoy the way Riggs plays with time in his novel?

10. This book was classified as young adult. Do you think it is satisfying enough for adults too?