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[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Myra here.

Welcome GatheringReaders! Since most are unable to physically meet today for our face-to-face discussion, I thought it would be good to revert to our usual online discussion about our Book of the Month this March: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.


I only have a few questions here for you. Please feel free to just jump in and share your thoughts if you have read, or are currently reading the book, regardless of whether you’re in GatheringReaders or not. Do write your responses in the Comments Section.

1. Watch the official movie trailer of Miss Peregrine which will be shown in September this year (shown above). What are some of your fears and excitement about the movie adaptation of this novel? 

2. How did you find the creepy photos in the novel? How did the pictures enhance/detract from your reading of the book?

3. Compare the first half of the novel to the latter part – how did you find the pacing of the story? Which part made you more invested in the story?

4. Were you expecting the twist in the end? What did you think about the time loop?

5. Talk about the peculiar children. Which ones were your favourite? If you were given a choice, what kind of “peculiarity” would you choose to have?

That’s it! Easy-peasy! Looking forward to reading your responses in the Comments Section.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[GatheringReaders] Virtual Discussion of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  1. 1. Seeing how a real hollogast looks like☺
    2. They made me feeL more engaged with the novel as I can better undestand how they can use their abilities through pictures instead of imagery from the text
    3. The pace quicken a lot. The eagerness to see what will become of Jake
    4. I expected Ms peregrine and Ms avocet to return safely to the time loop which did not happen so I would say the twist at the end of the story was very much surprising
    5. I liked Fionas ability the most: The ability to manipulate nature. However, if I had a choice of which ability I would want it would be time manipulation.


  2. I bought this book for my best friend as a birthday gift due to the many recommendations I received even though I haven’t read it yet. On the other side I’m already familiar with ‘Tales of the peculiar’, also written by Ransom Riggs. Had a really great time reading it at night. Damn, makes want to buy a copy of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children’ for myself :’)


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