Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Random Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Length: 348 pages
A mysterious island off the coast of Wales.
An abandoned orphanage destroyed by a bomb in WWII.
A collection of curious photographs that can’t possibly be real.
Jacob journeys to the island, finds the orphanage, and discovers that the peculiar children in the old photographs may still exist, and may be in desperate need of Jacob’s help.
By now, my faithful blog readers, you know that I love it when an author does something unique. Wrapping a wonderful story around a collection of crazy photographs definitely counts as unique! I was hesitant at first (don’t we all make up stories based on pictures?), but the further I got into the book, the more the pictures became real characters and a real part of the story. This isn’t just a Fiction Writing 101 gimmick, it’s an intricate and mysterious story about the impossible happening.
And in true YA fashion, it begs the question: aren’t we all peculiar children in some ways?