Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehowimpossible though it seems they may still be alive.
Jacob grows up listening to his grandfather's fantastical stories about the children he lived with in an orphanage on the island of Wales. His grandfather even shows him photographs of these amazing children who can float, turn invisible, and do many other wonderful tricks. As Jacob grows older, he realizes that his grandfather was just making these stories up, that the photographs had to be faked...that is, until his grandfather mysteriously dies and Jacob spots a freaky creature in the woods behind his grandfather's house. Jacob ends up on an adventure to visit the home in Wales to learn his grandfather's secrets...and ends up learning a lot more! This is an amazing book that you will end up needing to finish in one sitting, regardless of how late the night grows. The photographs used by the author are real "side-show" photographs from various collectors. A must read that will leave you wishing for a sequel!
Review by Gina