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. A 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.
I 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.Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.