Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I just finished Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It is the first book that I read on my NEW Kindle! A wonderful Christmas present from David. So far I am loving it.
Anyways, back to the book. This is one that you should definitely add to your list of books to read in 2012. It is haunting, suspenseful and just really fun storytelling. So entertaining that I read it within two days. I did not want the book to end.
Jacob is very close with his grandfather. They share a close bond and an amazing friendship. Growing up, Jacob's grandfather would share these unbelievable stories from his own childhood during the World War II. These stories would center around a home for peculiar children in Wales. Jacob's grandfather would show him old photographs of a girl who could levitate, a boy with bees in his stomach, and another girl that could lift a boulder with one hand. His grandfather described a place that is magical and mysterious - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
As Jacob grows older, he soon believes, like the rest of his family, that his grandfather's tales are just that... tales. Nothing more than made up stories meant to entertain a child.
A few days before turning sixteen, Jacob witnesses the death of his grandfather outside his house. Claiming to be killed by a monster, the grandfather asks Jacob to find, “the bird, on the other side of the grave”. Encouraged by his psychiatrist, Jacob takes on a journey to the island that houses this made up home for Miss Peregrine's peculiar children. Hoping to find something of his grandfather’s past that will calm his nightmares, Jacob finds so much more.
There is a teaser that there may be a sequel. I can only hope.