Jacob is a 16-year-old teetering on the edge. After witnessing his eccentric grandfather's murder by a monster he can't explain, he's in and out of hospitals searching for the right words to get his anxious parents off his back and out of his overly analytical shrink's office. Clues found in his grandfather's house lead him on a journey to Wales that test his abilities and his grasp on reality. Jacob finds that sometimes the monsters that go bump in the night are real...and he's the only one who can see them.
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is a book based on an idea that is kind of ingenious. The author, Ransom Riggs, had a fascination with peculiar black and white photos. Things like sideshow acts and eerie children; photos you might stumble upon at a thrift store or flea market. The heart of this juvenile fiction thriller are these "old timey" photos you'd like to think suffer from double exposure to create a magical version of reality. What Miss Peregrine doesn't want you to know is that those photos are very real and the key to a whole other world of danger!
This novel is very good, but calling it fantastic is no stretch when you think about the confines the author placed on himself. Find photos? Check. Build the story to fit? Check. Revise/Edit to space out pictures properly? Check. Rapt suspense for readers? Check. Satisfy publishers and public alike? CHECK. So do yourself a favor and check it out today!
--Mary G., Rock Road Branch