Book Reviews: Fiction

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children


If you like fantasy fiction, you might like Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Plot Summary: After witnessing a horrific family tragedy, Jacob is convinced alien-like creatures are involved. Sent to a counselor who claims to be able to cure his belief in these creature, Jacob reveals that he is not yet ready to believe that his grandfather is dead, and begins to snoop through his grandfather’s possessions, documents, and WWII files to discover his grandfather’s mysterious, seemingly non-existent past. Decoding an old letter leads him to a small Welsh island, a landmark in the past of his grandfather. Determined to find something, Jacob stumbles across an abandoned orphanage which suggests the existence of the supposedly make-believe creatures as well as the manipulation of time.

Books in the series: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Hollow City. 

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, is full of mystery, magic, and adventure. The both loveable and despicable characters, twisted plot, and multiple, intertwining story lines are perfect for ages 11 to 15.

Rating: ★★★★★


Maximum Ride


If you like sci-fi adventure you might enjoy the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. 

Plot Summary: Maximum (Max), Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel are far from "normal". They can fly. They lived in a lab for the first part of their lives and were injected with avian DNA, giving them wings. They soon escaped with the help of Jeb, the only father-like figure they've ever known, who has recently disappeared. With Jeb no longer there, Max, the female protagonist, took the role of the leader in the flock. All was going well with their lives until a pack of Erasers (half-man half-wolf hybrids) attacked their home. It's up to Max to lead her flock on the adventures ahead.

Books in the series: Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment, Schools Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, Nevermore.

Review: The Maximum Ride series is a spectacular series, especially for those of you who enjoy adventure and sci-fi. With the suspenseful, exciting journeys and humorous, loveable characters, this series is great for ages 11 to 17.

Rating: ★★★★★



The Name of This Book is Secret


If you like mysteries you might enjoy The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. 

Plot Summary: 11-year-old Cass is obsessed with being prepared for disaster. When a mysterious box named “The Symphony of Smells” is given to her (found in the house of a deceased magician), she sets out on an adventure with her new friend Max-Ernest. Ms. Mauvais and Dr. L (the leaders of a group titled “The Midnight Sun”) kidnapped a classmate of theirs, it’s up to the two misfits of the grade to save him.

Books in the series: The Name of This Book Is Secret, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,This Book Is Not Good For You, This Isn’t What It Looks Like, You Have to Stop This

Review: Pseudonymous Bosch’s The Name of This Book is Secret is an excellent book for mystery and/or fantasy lovers. It’s a great book for ages 9 to 13, containing lots of good laughs. Bosch has done a great job incorporating character, intriguing voice and personalities into his writing.

Rating: ★★★★☆


-Eva '15, Rosie '15, Madison '17, Audrey '17