Monday, May 6, 2013

My reading of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

I asked him what happened, what animal had hurt him, but he wasn’t listening. “Go to the island,” he repeated. “You’ll be safe there. Promise me”. “I will. I promise” What else could I say? “I thought I could protect you” he said. “I should’ve told to a long time ago…” I could see the life going out of him. “Told me what?” I said, choking back tears. “There’s no time”, he whispered.
We picked this paragraph from the book because we think it shows the theme quite well. Since we guess the theme is trust and to follow your instincts, we thought this paragraph was suitable because it shows hos Jacob has to decide to trust his grandfather. Jacob has to choose whether he should believe his grandfather and go to the island, or if it’s just fairy tales.
“A loop,” I repeated, remembering my grandfather’s command: find the bird, in the loop. “Is that what this place is?” “Yes. Though you may better know it as the third of September, 1940.” I leaned toward her over the little desk. “What do you mean? It’s only the one day? It repeats?” “Over and over, though our experience of it is continuous. Otherwise we would have no memory of the last, oh, seventy years that we’ve resided here”. “That’s amazing,” I said.
This paragraph shows some of the setting. The setting is a bit back and forth. In the beginning they are located in Florida, USA, in modern times. Then Jacob travels with his father to Wales, to the island. Here he finds a tunnel which takes him back in time to the date 3 September 1940. This paragraph is taken from the time when Jacob has recently travelled back in time, and is about to discover it.
I’d always known I was strange. I never dreamed I was peculiar. But if I could see things almost no one else could, it explained why Ricky hadn’t seen anything in the woods the night my grandfather was killed. It explained why everyone thought I was crazy. I wasn't crazy or seeing things or having stress reactions, the panicky twist in my gut whenever they were close – that and the awful sight of them – that was my gift. 
It was a bit hard to find a paragraph that shows the whole plot in a good way, but we thought this paragraph shows it quite well. Some of the “mystery” in the book is revealed in this paragraph. We find out why Jacob can see the monsters, and why his friend can´t. The whole plot is not revealed, but some of it is.  

Character development
A tree branch landed in the water. I grabbed it and Emma pulled, and when we finally came out of the bog I was shaking too hard to stand. Emma sank down beside me and I fell into her arms. I killed it, I thought. I really killed it. All the time I´d spent being afraid, I never dreamed I could actually kill one!
This paragraph show how Jacobs character has developed through the story. Before he was always afraid, but now he has dared to face his fear. This shows his character development quite well.

This is an analyze of a book I have read in class. In one of my latest blogposts I wrote some about it before I started reading it, and here is what I thought of it after reading it!
I did this together with Katinka in my class.

I thought the book was very interesting and fun to read. The book contained images of different people and things doing weird things. It was a bit creepy, but it made the story much more fun to read when you could see the pictures and got the feeling it was real. Our class made a tweet to Ransom Riggs, the writer of the book, and asked if the images were real. He answered that they were real, and I was quite surprised actually! But the book itself was a new type of book for me, and it was fun reading it. But sometimes I think it was a bit boring and “still-standing”. But the book was interesting and well written, and I can recommend reading it!


1 comment:

  1. Good choices of paragraphs to illustrate plot, theme, setting and character development. Glad you liked the book, I did as well!