Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jacob grows up listening to his Grandfather Abe's stories and dreams of being an adventurer, but as he grows older he accepts his Father's explanation that Grandpa Abe made up stories because his childhood was so bleak, and that the fantastic people who populated Abe's stories were imaginary.
Than when Jacob is 16 Abe is brutally murdered by monsters that only Jacob can see, believing he is going crazy he puts Abe's last words out of his mind until his Aunt gives him a book (left by Abe for him) containing a letter from Miss Peregrine. Jacob decides to journey to Wales to meet her and learn more about his Grandfather.
Arriving in Wales Jacob learns that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was bombed during WWII and that everyone died, hoping to find clues to his Grandfather's past in the wreckage he finds photos similar to those his Grandfather possessed. And then he meets the children............
He learns they have been living in a loop and that he can visit them, but they can not stay in his time except briefly or they would age rapidly and die. Unfortunately the wight and the monsters followed Jacob to Wales, and are determined to capture Miss Peregrine and Miss Avocet. Jacob, Emma and some of the older children visit the present in order to question Martin, who they think may have been murdered by a monster. The resurrected Martin confirms their fears but before the children can go back to the past the monster corners them. Jacob manages to kill the monster, but the wight enters the loop and captures Miss Peregrine and Miss Avocet before the older children can get back. They set out to rescue Miss Peregrine and Miss Avocet who was forced to take the shape of birds and stuffed in a birdcage.
Millard (who is invisible) was shot, but the children still manage to corner the wight, in the lighthouse. The wight throws the birdcage from the lighthouse onto a submarine. Emma and Jacob are able to rescue Miss Peregrine, but the other wights escape with Miss Avocet. Miss Peregrine is unable to take human form and the loop slips. Jacob chooses to stay in the past with the children and they set out to look for another loop and someone who can help Miss Peregrine.
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