Study Guide

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children The Supernatural

By Ransom Riggs

The Supernatural

When you hear the word peculiar, what do you think of? Strange? Unusual? Quirky? In the case of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, we have to add supernatural to the list. If you've so much as glimpsed the cover, you probably know why—after all, there's a girl floating on it. And she doesn't even have balloons or a jetpack or anything helping her. And that's part of the book's big reveal (um, spoiler alert): The photos inside aren't just curious, the kids in them have each have a sort of superpower. And Jacob, our seemingly un-peculiar narrator, might have one, too.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. Did you expect the supernatural explanation for the strange photos?
  2. Why do you think the kids have powers? Do you think this will be explained? Does it even need to be explained?
  3. How does Miss Peregrine's equate the peculiar children with marginalized groups throughout history (Jews, witches, etc.)?
  4. Do the peculiar children remind you of other stories involving people with superpowers (like X-Men)? What are some similarities and differences between these stories?

Chew on This

Although the peculiar children often remain hidden, they are able to show themselves in public at times as long as they make themselves appear like "ordinary" freaks instead of outright supernatural, because most people don't play that close attention anyway.

The time travel aspect is yet another supernatural part of the novel, and without it, Jacob never would get to know his grandfather's true identity. If only we all had that ability to learn our family history…

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