Jacob has a special relationship with his grandfather. For most of his childhood Jacob believed the stories his grandfather would tell about his youth in a magical island and looking at the pictures of his special friends. Jacob’s sanity is questioned when he witnesses his grandfather being attacked by a monster. Unable to come to terms with this tragedy and learn more about his grandfather’s life, Jacob travels half way across the world in search for his grandfather’s old island. When Jacob and his father arrive in this island he quickly learns that his grandfather’s adventures were true. Jacob travels between realms as he tries to find answers to his grandfather’s murder, and make friends with and protect his grandfather’s old friends.
When I saw the cover photos I was instantly drawn to this book. It reminded me so much of the fantasy books I enjoyed reading during my high school years. However, I also hesitated to read it because frankly if the plot would be as creepy as the pictures then I would surely have nightmares. I must admit that I did not fancy this book as much as I thought I would. However I would think that middle school students might be more inclined to the plot and attracted to the fantasy found in this book.
Riggs, R., & McGurk, J. (2011). Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children. Philadelphia: Quirk Books.