The story, by Ransom Riggs, follows Jacob, a 16-year-old kid who’s unsure how he feels about just about everything. One thing he does love, though, is his grandfather and the stories he shares. When Jacob was a child, he believed the tales of the monsters who went after his grandfather and the island where he found safety. As a teen, though, Jacob can see that the photographs of the islands other inhabitants have been doctored, and he suspects the monsters his grandfather speaks of are really the Nazis.
Things change, though, when Jacob’s grandfather suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances– Jacob begins to wonder whether or not there are aspects of truth in his grandfather’s stories. He talks his father into traveling with him to the island where his grandfather had found refuge so that he can investigate and determine the truth.
The pages of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children are strewn with the photographs Jacob’s grandfather shared. The images, which are actual antique photographs that Riggs gathered from collectors, help add to the story’s creepy ambiance.
I recommend the book for anyone interested in a twist on the typical adventure story. It’s a bit slow-going at first, but by page 100, the story picks up, and you can’t put it down.