A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. - Blurb from book
This story kind of reminded me of Big Fish. A father, or in this case a grandfather, tells these fantastical stories to his grandson. As a child, the grandson believes him, but as the kid grows up, he starts to doubt his grandfather's stories. Until one day, the grandson inadvertently meets the people with whom his grandfather's stories are about and finally believes.
I think what sets the book apart are the photographs mixed throughout the pages. When I first heard of this story and the technique used by the author to tell this story with photographs, I was intrigued. I picked up this book wanted to see how the author accomplished this task. I have to say, he did a good job with it.
I enjoyed the weird photos and constantly found myself flipping back to them to compare the kids descriptions with the corresponding photo. They were just quirky enough to work but not be too over the top.
The story was interesting as well. I did get lost in the story wanting to find out what happens to Jacob and the peculiar children. Guess I'll have to read the sequel.
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