Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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A fascinating synthesis of beautiful story-telling and a collection of vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children exceeded my expectations. Jacob Portman grew up with his grandfather’s stories (and pictures) of monsters and extraordinary children with unbelievable talents. Now convinced by his parents that Grandpa Portman experienced so many horrors in WWII that he used tall tales to cover the pain, sixteen-year-old Jacob has grown out of believing the stories. However, under unfortunate circumstances, Jacob witnesses the aftermath of his grandfather’s murder by a horrific beast. Convinced by his family and therapist that he suffered a psychotic episode under stress, Jacob decides to take a trip to the island from Grandpa Portman’s fantastical stories. At the long-ago-bombed site of the home for peculiar children, Jacob – who may be “peculiar” himself – discovers a time loop in which the children under Miss Peregrine’s watch (the same children Grandpa Portman lived with as a…

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