Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Library’s Book Club for high school students is reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Sixteen-year-old narrator Jacob tells the story (with words and with old photographs) of his discovery that his grandfather's tales of monsters and children with strange powers may actually have been true. The 2011 fantasy novel spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers List. A sequel is due out in January 2014.
By July 18, book club participants should read to page 137 and USE THE PROMPTS BELOW TO BEGIN A DIALOGUE ABOUT THE BOOK:
1. Describe Jacob's upbringing and relationships with his family and friends at school. How different and how similar is his life from a typical teenage boy’s growing up in Metuchen, NJ?
2. Tell us about Abe Portman's life. What does his family know about his years before living in Florida? Describe Abe's relationship with his grandson. How different or similar is their relationship to your own relationship with your grandparents?
3. On page 126, Jacob states: "I had no idea what was happening, I understood only two things: that I was quite possibly in the midst of losing my mind, and that I needed to get away from people until I could figure out whether or not I actually was." At this point in the story, what do you think? Is he actually losing his mind or not? What evidence in the story would make you think he is? what other possibilities are there? If he's not losing his mind, how does that change the novel?