Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The most peculiar thing about this book are the strange historical photographs of children—one levitating, one covered in bees, another holding up a huge boulder with one hand. They are all part of the stories that Jacob's grandfather has always told him about the orphanage in Wales where he lived during World War II. After grandfather dies under strange circumstances, Jacob is compelled to go to the mysterious island in Wales that might hold some answers about his grandfather's bizarre stories. What he finds is an abandoned orphanage, more old photographs, and evidence that these peculiar children may still be alive. What he finds out about people who are "peculiar" and the forces that haunt them is alarming and it all fits into place with grandfather's unbelievable stories. Grave danger is lurking and Jacob must choose a new path in life. It's weird and creepy and definitely interesting. Unfortunately, it's a set-up for a sequel that is as yet unpublished. I think this book looks like a book for younger readers, but really would be most appropriate for 7th-10th grade readers of horror, suspense, and mystery books.

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