Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Following his grandfather’s mysterious death, Jacob follows clues the old man left him to an abandoned orphanage on a remote Welsh island. There, he meets a band of children and their headmistress who have “peculiar” abilities ranging from invisibility to levitation to shape shifting. Eerie vintage photographs are interspersed throughout the book, however, there’s very little that’s scary about the story. Instead, it drifts seamlessly between genres; from horror to mystery to fantasy to science fiction, creating its own genre as unique as the characters Jacob meets. And while this may sound like a disjointed read, the plot effortlessly carries the reader along to discover Jacob’s grandfather’s secret. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a one-of-a-kind tale with larger-than-life characters, but at its core, is a compelling story about a troubled teen searching to find a place he fits in.