Study Guide

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Courage

By Ransom Riggs

Courage

The cover of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is creepy, so you have to be brave just to read it. And some of the photos inside are just darn scary, like the Santa one that belongs on the Creepy Santa Photos blog. Once you get inside the book, you'll find some brave characters, too, which is nice to have. If they were all cowardly like Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, we'd probably run the other direction with them. But Jacob is surprisingly brave, heading overseas and charging headfirst into one unfamiliar situation after another. Good on ya, kid.

Questions About Courage

  1. What inspires Jacob to be brave? Use the text to support, please.
  2. Was Jacob's grandfather courageous to go to America by himself, or should he have stayed with his friends? Explain your reasoning.
  3. Almost all of the peculiar children get a moment of bravery. What does each person do to show their courage? What does this tell you about them as characters?

Chew on This

Courage runs in the Portman family… but it seems to have skipped a generation, and gone from Grandpa to Jacob. (Yeah, we're calling Papa Portman a coward.)

It takes courage to seal yourself off from the rest of the world and time in order to protect yourself, the way Miss Peregrine does with the time loop.

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