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Will delight teenagers, but also all those who are looking for a good adventure
on 19 April 2014
One teenager, one island and one secret caught up in this debut novel by Ransom Riggs whose novel ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’ is rightfully considered bestseller and translated in to the 35 languages.
Jacob Portman at first glance, an ordinary teenager from Florida, is in no way different from his peers. The only unusual thing in his life is Jacob's grandfather, Abraham, a man with a mysterious past who tells Jacob from his childhood strange stories about the house where he grew up when as Jew he escaped Poland from the Nazis.
Although all his life Jacob thought that his grandfather stories are just a fairy tales that he was talking to amuse him, one summer evening he will change opinion. On that day, Abraham dies under mysterious circumstances, and the life of a teenager is changing radically. Following grandfather's last words, Jacob will find a secret letter that takes him on an adventure of life on the island Cairnholm where his grandfather spent his childhood. The island has no electricity, there is only one phone and only a few hundred residents, though the secrets it hide are numerous.
Determined to understand his grandfather's death and his last words Jacob explores the dilapidated house that he thought it was a home for war orphans. What he found there convinced him that the children who lived there were not orphans of war, but curious children from all around the world who have found a home on the island, realizing the story of grandfather Abraham was real. What is even more incredible, these children may still be alive...
As an added bonus, the novel is enriched with incredible photographs that were presented in their original form, carefully collected from various collectors. Thus, the text and images in this novel are perfectly complementing each other as they confirm each other.
‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’, a marvelous novel about curious children will delight teenagers, but also all those who are looking for a good adventure, while Jacob Portman and his unusual friends adventures readers will enthusiastically follow.