Book Club: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar People


There were two choices for our next Book Club read, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (to tie in with the movie release) and ‘Freedom Swimmer’. I think the pull of the movie swayed the vote in favour of ‘Miss Peregrine’ quite dramatically – despite me telling the students that I found the book utterly disturbing! I am always keen for students to compare movie versions of films and look at the differences and how the movie format changes the way a story is told. Our next read will take us into the September holidays and my hope is that book club members finish the book, before seeing the movie in the second week!

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The promotion code field where you enter the word BONUS is on the last page of the checkout just before you complete your order (Payment and Review). Under Order Summary, click the plus symbol to expand the section so you can enter the code. xmiss-peregrine-s-home-for-peculiar-children.jpg.pagespeed.ic.bBtr6ReR_2A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

xthe-freedom-swimmer.jpg.pagespeed.ic.pjR1tqW9hoI personally am loving ‘Freedom Swimmer’, I have had a long-held fascination with all things Chinese history in literature so this one is right up my alley. ‘Freedom Swimmer’ is Wai Chim’s debut into the world of YA literature, having previously written two junior fiction ‘Chook Chook’ books (here), which I adore.  The character of Ming in ‘Freedom Swimmer’ is based on the experiences of Chim’s own father. Chim has woven historical facts, personal experiences and story into an engaging story about a little know period in Chinese history.

This incredible tale about two boys’ swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story. Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields. When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re not used to hard labour and village life. But despite his reservations, Ming befriends a charming city boy called Li. The two couldn’t be more different, but slowly they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams. But as the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll on both boys, they begin to imagine the impossible: freedom.

Wai Chim on writing ‘Freedom Rider’: I don’t think when I started writing a story about my father growing up in China, I was fully ready for what I was going to do. I knew a bit about the history of the time, I knew bits about my father’s story, but as the story unfolded it became apparent that this wasn’t just my father’s story that I was writing. It’s a story that is shared by a whole generation of Chinese coming of age in this time – it’s a story of the villagers, the cadres and the officials, the Red Guards and the numerous families. The experiences were raw, sometimes traumatic – and the day to day seemed almost surreal. It’s a part of the collective social conscience, a shared reality of razor sharp experiences that has dulled into memory with time.Year Six Seven Book Club Reads

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  1. I picked Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children because it sounds like an interesting and thoughtful book to read. I was excited and interested to think about what might happen. It looks a little bit disturbing from the outer cover but it sounds good.

  2. “I was intrigued by the blurb of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ and when the book was read to us i grabbed one of the voting slips and quickly wrote it down. I have always loved fantasy and dark topics and I cant wait to start reading. Mother Daughter book club has been a really good experience as we have read lots of different genres and i have been able to explore them and decide which I like and which I don’t like.

  3. I picked Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children because I love books that are based on fairy tales and fantasy, but always with a twist. Some books with this Genre are The Isle of Lost, the school for good and evil series, and The sisters grimm. What I liked about Sister Heart was that it was informative as well as emotional and fictional.

  4. I chose miss peregrines because it looks really good and I saw the trailer for the movie and it looks really good. I think it is a great idea for a book. the front cover also looks very appealing.

    The last book that we read was wonderful. cool hunter was a great book and I read a chapter or two every night till I had finished the book.

  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children:
    I voted for this book because the blurb intrigued me with adventure that gave me a rush of adrenaline and fear for what was about to happen.
    Mac Slater:
    I enjoyed the book Mac Slater Cool hunter because it was a bit of a different genre that i would usually read but made me jump for all the reading time I could get. It kept me entertained and laughing in nearly every chapter with Mac and Paul’s plots that were heading for disaster.
    Sister Heart:
    I enjoyed Sister heart because it made me feel a range of emotions from joy, sadness and sometimes empathy for the terrible thing’s Annie encountered but never gave up. I loved this book because it kept me reading till the very last word and left me questioning why? when Janey passed away from the flu.
    All these books I would definitely recommend to readers who want a little something different.

  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children was my vote, the blurb really had my heart pumping. The concepts reminded me of Alice in Wonderland or Mirror Mirror, (the movies) mostly because of the cover. I was frankly very excited and intrigued to see how the author used this story line, the characters and techniques.
    I was surprised that I liked the Mac Slater Cool Hunter book, mostly because I could tell it was targeted toward boys more that girls. I enjoyed the characters, comedy and action. My favorite part of the story was when Paul practically forced Mac down that hill and when they go to Mac’s dad’s lightning farm.
    I loved Sister Heart, as a matter of fact, I cried. I am disgusted at the behavior that was inflicted on these poor children of ‘The Stolen Generation’. The apology speech made by Kevin Rudd was well overdue! I believe if Annie were alive to hear his speech she would be sad it hadn’t happened a long long time ago. The children in Sister Heart were made to forget previous family, heritage and culture. They were told to be British. I would highly recommend this book to girls and boys who read young adult or YA books.

  7. I selected “Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children” because it looked very interesting and different. I have seen the add for the movie in the cinemas and found it intriguing and I am keen to go see it when it comes out.

    The last book I read was ” Mac Slater Coolhunter “. It was a good book and it was really interesting. It was a cool idea for a book. Cat DeVress was a good character because she made me feel angry that she was so rude. Mac and Paul were so different but the fitted together well. I really enjoyed reading the book and over all thought it was a great idea for the book club to read it.

  8. I voted for “Miss Peregrine’s” because it looks interesting, I want to know what happens I like the look of all the children on the front, one of them is holding a big rock and another has a flaming hand and is attached to a rope and is flying. I want to find out what happens to Jacob when he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. I am also keen to see the movie when it comes out as a movie.

    The last book I read was “Verity Sparks Lost and found” I think it was a very good book because it is about mysteries and murder. My favorite character is SP because he is very caring and he is a good confidential inquiry agent and he also solves the mystery with Verity and lots of other people.

  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children:
    I voted for this book because the blurb and the front cover made gave me feel of fear but, it still made me want to read more. The genre of this book sounds very interesting to me.

    Sister Heart:
    I found that Sister Heart was a good. I felt very sorry for Annie and happy for her. I felt happy for Annie because when she found Janey it seemed like every thing was going to be okay. Although when Annie was taken away from her family and Janey died I felt sorry for Annie.

  10. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children:
    One of the reasons i voted for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children
    because the movie is coming out on the 15 of September. And the book cover was intriguing and made me want to read it .

    Mac Slater
    I enjoyed Mac Slater because they came up with lots of different ideas for the bike.
    Also I liked the build to the final flight it kept me on the edge of my seat. I definitely recommend this book.


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