#58- Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's is a story about a boy named Jacob, who has grown up listening to his grandfathers "fairytales" about his childhood living at an orphanage on an island after escaping the Nazi's during the war. He shows him antique pictures of people who could be from the circus, a floating girl, a boy holding a large boulder above his head, a boy with bees engulfing the entire top half of his body, and many other peculiar children.
Jacob believed these stories until he got into grade school, at which point he was taunted for believing the mystics that his grandfather told him.
From that day on his grandfather never spoke of the stories again, until one day when many years later, after battling many years of dementia, his grandfather finally cracks and hits insanity and continues to think that these demons from his past are haunting him.
In order to understand his grandfather better, Jacob travels to this island to see what mystics await him. After several days he realizes that things arent always what they seem and that this island has a bit of magic left in it still.
My favorite part of this book was the pictures that were included in it. In the back of the book they tell us that they found all of the pictures from flea markets and they are all real. Each time that Jacob or his grandfather describes a photo, there is an image of it on the next page, which I found to make the entire story come to life even more so. The great story was brought even higher with the insertion of these pictures.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”