Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout,
is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Title: Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Purchased from Amazon
My ReviewRansom Riggs definitely has a winner on his hands! I must admit that I was drawn to this book for the vintage photographs. I collect vintage and antique photographs and was intrigued with the idea of a story built around a set of old photo's. The photographs used in the book have been unaltered. When you see the pictures, you may question this, but I own several weird, old pictures that makes you wonder how the photographer took the picture. The story was developed around a set of strange photographs. I originally thought the book might be creepy and horrific, which is not a genre I usually read. But, I decided to read it anyway, and I am glad that I did. The book was neither creepy or Horrofic. I would describe it as a historic Sci Fi genre.The story begins with Grandfather Portman telling his grandson, Jacob stories about his childhood. The stories were strange and unbelievable by almost everyone. However, Jacob had a special bond with his Grandfather, and believed his stories for many years. When the grandfather is dying, he tells Jacob to go to his childhood home and warn them that the monsters were coming for them. Jacob thought maybe his Grandfather had really lost it, but he went to his Grandfather's homeland anyway. He decided he needed to go and just see what he could find. Once there, Jacob is faced with his grandfather's monsters and a whole lot more. He is on the adventure of his life and he can't discuss it with anyone for fear they will think he is crazy. His adventure involves time travel, romance, mystery, History and Monsters! I truly loved this story and couldn't put it down.