It’s the photographs that first grab you. Strange and beautiful, Riggs has assembled a collection of vintage pictures of children in various stages of weird for his best-selling debut novel with Quirk Books. It’s a bit like digging through history to find the misfits time has shuffled away in a box. Shoved under the bed and forgotten, Riggs brings the photos and the story of the bizarre orphanage back into the light, weaving history through its fingers and tangling the truth about their origins.
After the murder of his grandfather and doubting his own hold on reality, Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales. Following only scant information about the whereabouts of the orphanage and wild tales he’d heard as a child from his grandfather, Jacob becomes involved in the lives of the children that time forgot. As their existence is threatened, Jacob has a decision to make: return home to the family who doesn’t understand him or remain with the Peculiars.
An adventure story with more than a hint of menace, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN brings out the best in a young adult novel: suspense, a tiny bit of romance, and characters you can’t wait to read more about. I look forward to Riggs’ next installment.
Note: Yep, this will be given to a truckload of tweens/teens for Christmas. Amazon is ho-ho-hoing already.
Update: Book trailer