Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman was convinced that he saw a monster at the site of his grandfather's horrific death, but his parents and psychiatrist have managed to persuade him that it was a stress-induced hallucination. However, they consent to let him work out his grief by visiting the orphanage off the coast of Wales where the old man spent the early years of World War II after fleeing there from Poland, and about which he had told his grandson so many strange and wonderful stories. At first Jacob is shocked to discover only a bombed-out ruin on the site, but after following a mysterious girl through an ancient cairn, he finds himself in a time loop where all the children he had heard about, along with the head of the institution, Miss Peregrine, exist forever on the day before the bombing. The children are indeed peculiar, each in his or her own way, and as Jacob finds out, the monsters are as real as he had originally believed.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a unique and original take on a familiar premise, and the real, weirdly beguiling vintage photographs interspersed throughout only add to its charm.