Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Literature Guide

Grade Level: 
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
Character Development
Civil Society
Courage
Family
Fiction Literature
Perseverance
Philanthropic Literature
Book Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Author: Ransom Riggs This guide was written by teens for teens to accompany the reading of this "resilience literature." The guide below provides before, during, and after-reading discussion questions to guide reading comprehension and promote dialogue about issues of resilience, trust, independence, family, and community. This guide was written as an assignment in Mrs. Gresham's 11th grade literature class, and includes suggestions for community engagement.

Reading Level: Ages 12+

This literature guide was created as part of an 11th grade project at Castle Park High School in Indiana. The students chose the book to read, produced a video book talk (link below) and wrote the following questions and project ideas to stimulate thought and action about real issues.

Book Talk for Miss Peregrine's Home

Pre-Reading

Questions:

  1. Do you believe that there is such a thing as time travel?

  2. Do you think there could be another type of person out there we don’t know about?

  3. Do you believe in monsters?

  4. Do you believe in people having special powers?

Connections:

  1. Write about an experience where you had to trust someone even if you thought it was a bad idea.

  2. If time travel were possible, when and where would you go and why?

During Reading

Questions:

1. Page 26- How would you explain the friendship between Ricky and Jacob?

2. Page 29- It never explained what really killed his grandfather. Was it the "monster" Jacob saw in the woods?

3. Page 91- When Oggie doesn't remember one person surviving the bombing does this seem like he's hiding more? Use evidence from the text to explain your answer.

4. Page 99- Is his grandfather really all that crazy, or is what he told him as a kid really true?

5. Page 102- Does the bird symbolize something? Will it later lead him to the woman he's looking for to figure out more about his grandfather?

6. Do you think Jacob going through the loop so often is a good thing? Explain your answer. Pg. 196

7. What questions would you want to ask Miss Peregrine? Pg. 204

8. What was the problem with Jacob talking to the children about his time and where he comes from? pg. 205

9. How is Jacob similar to his grandfather? Use quotes from the text to support your answer. Pg 230

10. What are some of the problems that you think will come from Jacob and Emma seeing each other? Pg. 239

Connections:

1.) The events going on that are relevant with the actual time period is connected with World War II. The war that they constantly refer to within the story is World War II. This gives you better insight to what is going on and the somewhat factual events of the time and how they tie into the book itself.                                                                                                                                    

2.) All the talents that the peculiars have remind me of superheroes. Some seem to be like powers you would see in a superhero movie or see in comic books. For example: Emma being able to create fire with her hands, and the older girl who can grow plants and manipulate them, and even Miss Peregrine, who can manipulate time and shape-shift into a bird.

3.) The island reminds me of the island in the movie, The Incredibles. It seems remote and small, with hardly any inhabitants, but yet there are things happening on the island that most of the world doesn’t notice or know about.

4.) The oldest preserved body that was found on the island reminds me of what you would see in a museum today. When the book gives the description, I pictured in my mind the black, shrunken bodies of old Mayan cultures I’ve seen in glass boxes at museums.

5.) The old orphanage home reminds me of the movie, Monster House in the way the main character describes it. In the way it seems to still be alive but is so run down. The way he describes the feeling as if the house swallows him when he enters gives characteristics like the monster house had.

 

Post Reading

Questions:

  1. How could Jacob and Emma have approached “Dr. Golan” differently to have had a different outcome in saving the birds?

  2. What were some of the motives behind “Dr. Golan” and the other wights?

  3. What are some of the problems of Jacob’s decisions about staying?

  4. What do you see as other possible outcomes for what happens with the children, the loops, and Miss Peregrine?

  5. What effect did the photographs have on how you experienced this novel? In fact, 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? (www.litlovers.com)

  6. In what way can this book be seen as a classic quest story—a young hero who undertakes a difficult journey and is transformed in the process? Do you see parallels with other fantasy works involving young people? (www.litlovers.com)

  7. Research Joseph Campbell’s idea of “A Hero’s Journey”. In what ways is this story a good example? Are there any ways in which it departs from this genre?

Connections:

  1. The time loop in the book is in a way like Platform 9 ¾ in Harry Potter. Both rely on going through a specific point in order to get to another so called “dimension”.

  2. The pictures presented throughout the book could be looked at as things you would see in an old freak show or traveling circus. In other ways, they could seem almost paranormal, like in documentaries about hauntings and/or myths and legends.

  3. The “wights” can be compared to Nazi soldiers and the movie Captain America. Especially in the last few scenes of the book where they see the U-boat filled with “wights” to take them away. The similarities include killing and torturing specific kinds of people to support their own beliefs, trying to take the world for their own, and seeing out a certain people as the ideal race.

Activities

  1. One could go hunting for old snapshots and photographs from collectors or stores like Goodwill like the author did and create your own story around the picture.

  2. You could contact a local orphanage and ask to plan an activity with the kids, such as story-telling.

  3. You could contact an orphanage and also donate money or fundraise for them to help them.