Young Adult: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I loved this book!  I read its review on Three Descriptors~and Other Such Nonsense (nice blog!) and immediately added it to my must-read list.  This is a first novel for this author, and it sets up nicely for a sequel.  Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather’s outlandish stories about when he was young.  They were scary, thrilling, and supported by photographs.  He eventually felt let down that they were nothing but stories, and not really to believe in.  It is explained to Jacob that the monsters in his grandfather’s stories were really Nazi soldiers, and his loving childhood home  with fanatical creatures was an orphanage for Jewish refugees.  Then, several years later, when his grandfather is killed by a monster that is anything but a Nazi soldier.  After seeing a psychiatrist for his grief-caused hallucinations, Jacob travels with his father to the island his grandfather told him about, seeking answers.  At first, all he finds is disappointment.  But then, answers come faster than he ever expected.  It reminded me of the Maximum Ride series a little and a lot of Eva Ibbotson.  A great read for both genders.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by miq on January 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Hey-o! Thanks for the shout out. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book (and the blog).


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