Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Book Review
Fantasy , Horror , Young Adult / October 15, 2016

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Author: Ransom Riggs Published: 2011 Genre: Young Adult Lit, Fantasy, Horror, Historical Fiction  Pages: 353 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a young adult novel that embraces elements of fantasy, horror, and a touch of historical fiction for good measure. The story revolves around our protagonist, the sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman, and his quest to solve the mystery surrounding his grandfather’s unbelievable past. As Jacob travels across the Atlantic to revisit the childhood orphanage of his grandfather, Jacob finds himself grappling with his family’s past in very real terms as he also struggles to decide his own future. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is artistic, atmospheric, and awash with unique and fascinating characters. There is a general sense of impending disaster that hovers over the novel from the very beginning thanks to skillful foreshadowing on the part of the author. The gloomy and foreboding settings pair exquisitely with the incredibly unsettling photographs that litter the novel. To be clear, the black and white photographs that are copied with the pages of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children are all completely authentic. Ransom Riggs artfully inserts the photographs in the appropriate places to support and punctuate the novel’s plot and characterizations while…

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor: Book Review
Autobiography/Biography / October 15, 2016

You are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor is a book of quotes that was written by the great Mister Fred Rogers.  As with many people my age, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and learned invaluable lessons that have guided me throughout the years. Although this book was written in 1994, I think it is still a powerful source of encouragement and growth for readers today.   Growing up near Pittsburgh, I know Mister Rogers as our greatest local hero that ever lived. I even visited the studio where Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was filmed when I was very young. His show both entertained me and helped be through difficult times in my youth. You are Special reminded me that Mister Rogers’ wisdom is not just for children. The book is relatively slim at 171 pages (plus a short introduction), but it is packed with quotes that are divided into many different sections. The general topics of the quotes are divided into eleven sections including relationships, childhood, discipline, learning, difficult situations, growing in adulthood, and others. Some of Mister Rogers quotes are short and sweet, such as “You can’t really love someone else unless you really love yourself first,” while others are more like brief,…