Thursday, 10 November 2011

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

'Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children' by Ransom Riggs is a superb read for teenagers. It is quite an individual book; thrilling as well as quirky.
Take the front and back cover of the novel, for instance, depicting black and white photos of children posing for the camera, looking as if they are part of a fancy dress or circus environment.
The story unfolds with sixteen year old Jacob finding the body of his beloved grandfather in the woods. The official cause of death-wild dogs. But Jacob is not so sure.
Abe (Jacob's grandfather) has always been a complete handful for the family. A holocaust survivor, Abe was sent as a child to an isolated island around Wales to escape the Nazis. Throughout his life his constant talk of being chased by monsters is thought to be delusional.
Jacob, a somewhat tricky adolescent, starts to uncover more and more details about his grandfather's life. Maybe he and his grandfather have a lot more in common than Jacob ever realised.
At the suggestion of Jacob's psychiatrist, Jacob and his father travel to Wales to find some closure for Jacob. But the more Jacob learns, the more danger he places himself in...

-Ann

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