This book undoubtedly is unique in the sense that as you read through the book, vintage photographs are shown. At the end of the book, the author explains that these photos are actual photos taken from different individual’s libraries and only a couple were actually somewhat manipulated. THAT made it uber creepy to me…yes I said “uber”.
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Summary (by Goodreads):
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
I’ve heard rumors that they’re turning this book into a movie….the ending of the book left it open for more to come…I really wanted this book to be just a good “different” novel and not worry about the whole “trilogy” thing. *sigh
I did enjoy reading it though. It was REALLY something different than what I usually read! I let my sister-in-law look at the book the other night and the look on her face said: “Uh huh….hmm…noooooooo thank you. What is she thinking?” I really did like the book with all the weirdness that was contained in it!
Jacob has grown up hearing these crazy stories from his grandpa about him traveling all over the world, crazy monsters that lurked in the shadows, and of weird children who could levitate, were invisible, or who had bees living inside them. Jacob slowly comes to realize that these stories were WAY too crazy to be true and starts to believe his parents when they say grandpa needs to go to an old folks home after they lock up all the guns he’s been collecting. If my grandpa had even a quarter of what this guy collected in guns…I might begin the think the same way….*hands up….juuuuuust saying.
Something bad happens and Jacob starts having horrible nightmares and everyone starts to think Jacob has gone crazy after the story he has told his parents and police. Jacob’s psychiatrist tells his parents that they should let Jacob go to the remote island his grandfather always talked about and let him explore it to help him get more of a grip on reality. There the story takes a turn and Jacob starts finding out that maybe his grandpa had been telling the truth all along and the stories weren’t so crazy after all. *cue creepy music
Seriously though, reading the book and looking at the photographs was what really made this book awesome. Who doesn’t like picture books??!!??