“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”–Jacob, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Here’s what happens:
- Introverted and anxious Jacob embarks on a journey to learn more about the mysterious and magical children’s home his grandfather lived in during World War II. Following his grandfather’s (rather gruesome) death, he travels to Wales with his father, and is surprised that the eerie world he discovers matches–and maybe even exceeds– the outlandish fairy tales his grandfather told him growing up.
- It’s good because:
- It’s a fast-paced story that delves into its plot with freakish characters and dark fantasy. Plus, the narrator is charmingly dorky with a well-rounded vocabulary. Lastly, the movie comes out soon, so it never hurts to check out the book beforehand.
- Read if:
Up next: Canada with Ann MacDonald’s Fall on your Knees!