Riggs, R. (2011). Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. Philadelphia, PA: Quirk Books. ISBN: 978-1594746031. Paperback: $10.99. Also available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook format.
What if the monsters in the stories were real? Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather’s stories of adventure, heroism, and monsters – stories he believed were true until his parents suggested that his grandfather told them to cope with his horrific childhood. Grandpa Portman was Jewish, escaping Poland during World War II and going to live on a mysterious island with a woman named Miss Peregrine and a group of children who he claims possessed extraordinary abilities. According to him, he left that haven to fight in the war and has spent the days since then fleeing horrific monsters, unable to return to his friends.
When Grandpa Portman meets a violent end under suspicious circumstances, Jacob is devastated and becomes desperate to discover the truth about his grandfather’s life. On his birthday Jacob receives a book left for him by Grandpa Portman. A letter hidden inside seems to be the clue Jacob needs: it gives the name of the woman Grandpa lived with as a child and the name of the small island on which she lived. Jacob and his father set out for Wales to find out the truth. Just how peculiar is the world we live in?
The book is also being made into a movie, coming in September 2016! Here’s the trailer: