Jacob was brought up on fantastic stories told by his grandfather. But when a tragedy befalls his grandfather, sixteen-year-old Jacob begins to wonder if maybe the stories he had discounted as he got older were actually true. Maybe Miss Peregrine’s home really did exist. Perhaps the children his grandfather told him about truly existed. Caught up in the nightmare of what happened, he talked his parents into allowing him to venture to the small island off of Wales to discover the truth. Finding the ruins of the home, he began to wonder. In a fantastic moment, he began to wonder if the children were still impossibly alive, even though they were just children when his grandfather was.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children definitely falls within the small house publishing preview. Unique and oddly compelling, we’re taken along on a journey with Jacob as he discovers the impossible may in fact be possible. Perhaps the stories his grandfather had been telling all along were true, even though no one else believed him. This book definitely breaks the rules of traditional publishing and has earned the spot on the New York Times Best Selling list.
Fueled by the vintage photographs Ransom Riggs had collected over the years, the story of the home for peculiar children takes flight, taking the reader with him. With each photograph, one has to wonder about the stories behind each one. Riggs happily fills in the blanks with his own imagination.
I elected to purchase this as a paperback book, specifically for the photographs that are on the pages. I’m not sure an e-book could possibly do them justice. As they are such an integral part of the story, I highly recommend the paperback version as well. However, it’s possible a more detailed e-book reader, such as Kindle Fire or Nook HD could show the images just as well. Either way, the story was well-crafted and I’m fascinated to see where the journey goes from here. I’ll admit I’m not fond of cliff hangers and being forced to wonder what happens next. I’ll be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.