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A Map of Days: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 4

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Creepy series installment adds lots of teen angst.

Book Ransom Riggs Fantasy 2018
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Absolutely Brilliant

There is nothing inappropriate at all in this book. There are some very scary situations which the characters face, and for this reason it is probably best for fifth graders and up. But there is no content exactly--no sex, no drugs, no graphic violence--that would give parents pause. And the themes--friendship, cooperation, peace, acceptance of others--are all excellent. This 4th book in the series is an exciting urban fantasy that people of all ages enjoy. I do think immature readers or people who are less educated might not be able to follow it. It has a high lexile level, and it certainly employs a wide range of vocabulary. Ransom Riggs is a gifted writer, and my guess is that any negative reviews you read her are by people less capable of understanding the storyline.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This fourth installment brings back much of what fans loved about the first three Miss Peregrine books, but a lot of it's diluted by large splashes of teen angst. Sure, A Map of Days has lots of deliciously creepy, vintage photographs (many now in color); sure, it's got hollowgasts, time loops, wights, and even more peculiars, good and bad; and sure, danger and mystery lurk around every corner. But those corners often come after long passages of discussion, argument, endless driving, and fretting about conflicting emotions and deciding futures. At times readers may feel as restless as the teens crammed into the back seat after four or five hours on the road.

That being said, it's still a must-read for fans of the series. Jacob's and Emma's lives are at important turning points, and the answers they're looking for echo back to the past, and will no doubt reverberate far into the future. Answers to questions only raise more questions, and readers will eagerly await the next installment because, make no mistake, this story is far from over.

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