An abandoned orphanage on a mysterious island and a cache of old, and very odd, photos form the heart of this unusual novel.
Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham Portman, a Polish Jew was sent to the orphanage as a war orphan during World War II, to save him from the Nazis, tells his grandson a strange story of children with unusual talents—the ability to levitate, disappear, perform curious feats of strength, or handle fire, housed at the orphanage to quarantine them from society, to prevent their being a danger to others as well as to themselves.
After his grandfather’s death, Jacob sees a hideous monster in the forest and travels to the mysterious island off the coast of
to explore the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. He finds
himself caught in a time loop that endlessly repeats the same day— Wales September 3, 1940, and meets
Miss. Peregrine and her unusual charges, including the girl, Emma Bloom, his
grandfather loved before he left the island. He discovers that his
grandfather’s own peculiar talent was the ability to see monsters—the
hollowgasts and wights, soulless former peculiars who tried to defy time and
live outside the loop but were changed into monsters instead and now prey on
Miss Peregrine’s pupils. Jacob discovers that he has inherited his
grandfather’s gift, and must make a choice between life as he knows it, as a
modern boy, or to remain in the loop forever.
This was an interesting book and the old black-and-white photos that illustrate it are both fascinating and creepy to look at.