Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
Review by Rachel Icaza, Librarian, Rincon Valley
Jacob has always been close to his grandfather, a tough-as-nails man who was the only member of his family to have survived the Jewish Holocaust at the time of World War II. Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of a wonderful island off the coast of Wales where a group of very peculiar children lived under the care of a wise old bird. Grandfather's stories are proven true by a group of old photographs depicting a girl who could hover off the ground and a boy invisible until he put on clothes. When his grandfather is attacked in a violent and mysterious way, Jacob is the one to find his grandfather in his last dying breaths. The message his grandfather gives him sends Jacob on an adventure to find the Welsh island and the home where Grandfather found peace, friendship, and love after the horrors of war.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book unlike any other. Inspired by amazing vintage photographs (all un-touched by technology), this story kept me guessing until the very end. I especially enjoyed the voice of the main character, Jacob. He feels like a real person, with a hilarious sense of humor and the same fears and doubts about himself that many of us feel. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs first book of fiction. I can't wait for more books like this.