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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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Jul 16, 11

it was amazing
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Look carefully at the dark-looking young girl on the cover. Now look at her feet--she's levitating. Like the cover photo, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is wonderfully strange. Author Ransom Riggs uses vintage odd photographs to illustrate the book and create the characters. When he was a little boy, Jacob's grandfather Abe used to tell him stories about the magical island orphanage where he grew up. The children and their fearless leader Miss Peregrine in Abe's stories had strange abilities like levitation, shape shifting, super strength, invisibility and the power to manipulate time. As Jacob becomes a teenager, he writes his grandfather's stories off as fairy tales designed to soften the horrors of the Holocaust. When Jacob's grandfather dies, Jacob begins to wonder if maybe the stories of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children weren't the fairy tales he believed them to be but rather true stories about real people. Convinced their son is going crazy after seeing his grandfather killed, Jacob's parents and doctor agree that Jacob and his father will to go the island where his grandfather grew up thinking it will help him. When they reach the island, things aren't quite as they expected as past and present mix to change the future.

Follow Author Ransom Riggs on his blog at: http://www.ransomriggs.com/
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