I had head about this book before but when Tim Burton's trailer for the movie for it I was more intrigued. Its about a boy name Jacob whose grandfather would tell him fantastic tales of being sent by his parents to an orphanage in Wales during the war. To get away from the monsters his grandfather said and he would describe these beasts and always adding in more and more detail. If one knows their history it does not take long to figure out who the "monsters" really are. Yes the Nazis and the boys Grandfather was the only one to escape Poland- the rest of his family died in concentration camps. The book shifts to what it was like for the grandfather to be in the orphanage on a remote island, run by Miss Peregrine. A Peregrine is a type of falcon. If you have seen the trailer you know how fitting her name is, if not I wont tell you now. Jacob's Grandpa (who is known as Grandpa Portman) and other kids were there, and they are not your average kids. Jacob's grandfather described them and how they had very interesting abilities, almost too interesting to be believed. Jacob had his doubts because the whole thing everything seemed to fantastical.
However his grandfather shows him an album of old photographs of these children, doing and looking how his grandfather has described. They were all sent to this remote island in Wales to the orphanage too. Could his Grandpa be telling the truth this whole time? Do these unusual kids still somehow exist? Does this place exist still where his Grandpa went? I have not finished the book, and so I am still finding out those answers. It all means but it seems like a very interesting book and there is a follow up book which I intend to find and read called Hollow City and one after that too. There seems to be a series perhaps, ( a trilogy already) in the making and one which so far is interesting to me, its not quite a mystery like I love but yet it is, where not everything about the book is pure fiction ( There were real monsters called Nazis and they did do horrible things to people) It will be interesting to read and see if Grandpa Portman saw and was with these kids he said was or if it was something he made up to get away from the fact he was stuck in a orphanage far from his home. We shall see which is true.
|Place used in the film for the orphanage.|
|From Tim Burtons movie, some of the cast|