I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
–Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrin'e home for peculiar children - c. 2011 - pg. 8
Read for this year’s RIP challenge.
This was just the perfect start to my reading for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VI, it is perfectly creepy and atmospheric, plus has that side order of whimsy and surrealness I think fits this challenge so well.
Jacob is a sixteen year old modern American teenager. Not quite the usual as his parents are ultra rich, so he doesn’t have to worry about some of the mundane aspects of life. But his normal life is about to change after his grandfather dies and he sets out to discover the real truth behind his grandfather’s crazy stories and photographs. And what wonderful photos. The levitating girl is on the cover, and inside we get many more examples of the peculiar children his grandfather talked of. There is the invisible boy, the incredibly strong girl, the boys with bees inside, and many many more.
So without giving too much away about this story I’ll just mention that as well as “peculiar children” this novel also has time-travel, monsters, and a trip to a Welsh island. What more could you look for?
It is wonderfully written. You’ll be totally engrossed in the story, and I have to say that right from the opening chapter a wonderful atmosphere is created. It isn’t always creepy and threatening, sometimes it is quite idyllic, but this is a book that is just evocative and enjoyable.
And the photographs are a great touch. All real, collected over the years by various people and now published here. Brilliant touch, and a great start to this year’s RIP. Let’s hope my next pick is as good :)