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Piktochart. “Create Infographics, Presentations & Flyers | Piktochart.” Piktochart Infographics, 2018, piktochart.com/.
In a place of Carinholm Island, the time always stays the same: September 3, 1940. No matter how many years passed, the day always repeat the same, day after day… This house was un-killable, as if time had stopped at the night everyone thinks they ‘died’. Right now, all the peculiar children are in danger. Between the choice of sacrificing or refusing to face the truth, the story begins……
Our main character Jacob Portman, a 16-year-old boy, was born and raised in Florida, his childhood was mostly taken care by his grandpa. His grandpa was making the Nazis into literal monsters: “They were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep” (Riggs, page 47) because he was a solider during WWII. Jacob first “half believed” his grandpa’s theory, later on everyone thought grandpa was crazy. Until that day grandpa was killed miserably, Jacob finally went to Wales to find out the secrets of his grandfather’s past and why he was murdered.
Miss Peregrine’s Home was where Jacob’s grandfather and the peculiar children stayed. That was also where Jacob meet Emma, who used to be grandpa Portman’s girlfriend. Emma can control fire. Emma took Jacob into the loop and meet Miss Peregrine when time sets back in 1940.
Inside the time loop, each child has a peculiar talent that was kept unknown from common people. For example: Millard has the power of invisibility. Enoch has the ability to take life from one source and put it into another. He was also able to raise the dead to speak with them by using the life from another animal’s heart. Bronwyn possesses superhuman strength. Olive has the ability to float on air. Claire has a mouth on the back of her head…… Miss Peregrine created the time loop to protect them because they have such powerful and peculiar abilities. No one knows what humans can do to them. Miss Peregrine believes Jacob also has a peculiar talent, like his grandfather. But yet, this is not discovered.
A loop is run by an ymbryne. The ymbryne can only be a woman. The loop repeats one day over and over again, but every time it repeats you can do something new. Each evening, they have to put a smoke/gas mask on because the bomb is dropped by the Nazis. The only people who can enter a loop is peculiar people and hollows. Hollows are not welcomed because they eat peculiar people. Once they found a loop they will enter it to eat the peculiars inside. This is also how grandpa Portman died.
On the other hand, there’s many hollows that tries to break the loop and kill peculiars. Dr. Golan was Jacob’s psychiatrist, he turns out to be a wight that has been following Jacob his entire life, trying to break through loops. His companion, Malthus, killed Martin (one of the peculiar children). Jacob and Emma realized this issue when Miss Avocet escaped the the wights that tried to kidnap her, and came to warn Miss Peregrine about the danger.
The wights are different than hollows. Wights look just alike common people, they have no peculiar abilities. But because they can pass through the loops, they live in servitude to their hollow brethren, acting as scouts and spies and procurers of flesh. The only thing that can part wights and human is their eyes lack pupils.
In the end of the book, Jacob was going to leave his family behind, to save the peculiar children. He talked to his dad, but his dad doesn’t believe him until Jacob’s peculiar friends showed up. “‘YOUR FRIENDS ARE IMAGINARY!’ he shouted. He came toward me, his face turning red. ‘I wish your mother and I had never let that crackpot therapist talk us into brining you out here, because it has been an unmitigated disaster!’” (Riggs, page 344) Even after Jacob’s father saw the peculiar children, he still think he’s dreaming. But for Jacob, he doesn’t care what dad thinks anymore. He knew he can never come back.
The main theme of the book is you always need to sacrifice something to save something. In this story, you need to sacrifice your family and your past old lives to exchange the safety of all the peculiar children and Miss Peregrine. Jacob did it, he left everything behind and left.
The future is unpredictable. But the future also lays ahead of us. What would you choose? Family and your past old lives, or your friends and promises?
Ten peculiar children and one peculiar bird were made to fit in just three stout rowboats, with much being jettisoned and left behind on the dock. We rowed faster. (Riggs, page 352)
P.S. The citation of the websites:
-Fandom. “Peculiar Children Series.” The Peculiar Children Wiki, 2018, thepeculiarchildren.wikia.com/wiki/Peculiar_Children_series.
-Riggs, Ransom, et al. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Characters.” GradeSaver: Getting You the Grade, 1999, www.gradesaver.com/miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children/study-guide/character-list.
Welcome to Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children. Visit this website, you can get to know more about this amazing home! The characterization is mainly about Jacob, but I’m also introducing some other characters.
The citation of pictures existing in the website:
Weebly. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, 2018, missperegrineshfpc.weebly.com/.
WIKIA. “THE PECULIAR CHILDREN WIKI FANDOM POWERED .” The Peculiar Children Wiki FANDOM Powered by Wikia 7866999, 2018, ginkgobilobahelp.info/?q=The%2BPeculiar%2BChildren%2BWiki%2B%2BFANDOM%2Bpowered%2Bby%2BWikia.
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Hand type website citation: Jessica. “New Arrivals Archives – Jessica Bridal.” Jessica Bridal, Jessica, 2018, www.jessicabridal.co.nz/product-category/wedding-dresses/features-wedding-dresses/new-arrivals-features-wedding-dresses/.
This story happened when it’s after sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three years since the scientists perfected a cure. “Of course that’s one of the reasons it’s so dangerous: It affects your mind so that you cannot think clearly, or make rational decisions about your own well-being.” (page 3) But on the other hand, the citizens weren’t totally free from the deliria in to US.
Lena had a cousin called Grace. She never managed to speak in her life. Lena’s aunt Carol thinks there’s something wrong with her brain, but so far the doctors haven’t found it. Marcia, Grace and Jenny’s mother, is dead now. When Marcia’s husband was suspected of being a sympathizer, everything changed. People whispered about it, but this is a thing the family never wanted to mention. “Marcia’s husband disappeared before his trial could begin. It’s probably a good thing he did. The trials are mostly for show. Sympathizers are almost always executed.”
The evaluation is the last step when citizens can get paired. The evaluators will do their best to match Lena with people who received a similar score in the evaluations. Soon after Lena graduated from college, she will get married right away.
During the evaluation, Lena basically failed. She said the wrong answer that wouldn’t satisfy the evaluators. Just when Lena thought everything is going to be over… Streaming blur of cows came thundering into the lab.
Because of this totally out-burst, the evaluation was forced to stop. Also, the cows ate Lena’s evaluation paper. Just when Lena thought everything was hilarious-she saw HIM. Lena knew the boy was one of the Invalids responsible for this, and he lived in the wilds. He winked at Lena, and he left.
Since the evaluation got interrupted, later Lena received a new date for the evaluations. Because she did great this time, her final score was: Eight. She got matched up a pair with Brian Scharff. Lena’s best friend Hana also got paired with Fred Hargrove, the mayor’s son.
Everything was looking good, soon after Lena will get married. But somehow, because of interactions and time spent with Alex, Lena fell in love with him. This changed everything Lena’s life was supposed to be.
“Love, is the deadliest things of all. It can kill you both.”
This is the conflict of the book: Delirium. I will take you inside the book, and help you explore the big changes/conflicts that happened to the main character-Lena. Facing the choice of survive, or the risk of love, which one will Lena choose?
Love can help you survive, but it can kill you at the same time.
-Academic Goal: I will try to achieve all “Meeting” grades for all classes, on all assignments. I want to look and the rubric before every test and assessments.
I will actively work towards this goal by learning hard during class, do my homework on time, listen to the teachers carefully when they are teaching, and ask questions no matter what.
-Wellness Goal: I want to increase my strength and muscle endurance, specifically, the length that I can hold a plank.
The time I can hold for a plank before:
The time I can hold for a plank after (after 6 months):
I will actively work towards this goal by doing more exercise and activities when I have free time. This can increase my energetic. I am taking badminton classes now, maybe I will exercise more in the future.
-Personal Goal: I need to paint at least 3 paintings that satisfies me by the end of the year.
I will actively work towards this goal by carefully choosing what I’m going to draw each class, and draw the art work neatly. Listen to the teacher’s advice, and ask questions if I have concerns.
In our world, there’s all kinds of valuable elements existing. I believe we all each have valuable elements, and we should all learn new ones. Even in a story, a character can hold valuable elements! In this story: “Roles of the Game”, the main character Waverly can present to you two valuable elements: unremitting effort, and endeavor behavior.
We can see Waverly’s hard effort by not giving up on chess when she begins learning it. Based on the paragraph in the book: “I lost many games and many Life Savers. But over the weeks, with each diminishing roll of candies, I added new secrets. Lau Po gave me the names.” (Tan,3) Waverly still didn’t give up on chess even she lost so many games during long period of time. It looks like failing is providing a new learning opportunity for Waverly. So many people gave up on things they tried because you didn’t get any reward even you feel like you put in so much effort. But for Waverly, “give up” is not a vocabulary in her dictionary.
Endeavor behavior can be found on Waverly when she works on chess. During her spare time, the only things she would like to do is studying chess pieces. The spirit Waverly has does not allow her to be disturbed. “I loved the secrets I found within the sixty-four black and white squares. I carefully drew a handmade chessboard and pinned it to the wall next to my bed, where I would stare for hours at imaginary battles.” (3) It’s hard to focus or concentrate on something in such a long period of time, but Waverly can. She couldn’t get chess out of her mind 24-hours. It feels like chess is an entertainment for Waverly. This fact is so satire, because in now days the things that can entertain us are mostly iPhone, computer, TV… And we gave up on things quickly. For example, you need to rest after doing one hour of homework. Waverly is different because she can stick to one thing for ages without needing a break.
In conclusion, we can see the valuable elements Waverly holds are unremitting effort and endeavor behavior. Not in the story, these two elements are also important and useful in our lives. From now on, get rid of your bad habits, and start working towards those goals right now!