Winding up January’s Reads
February 1, 2016
Candace Hardy (22 articles)

Winding up January’s Reads

I hope you were able to find time to join me in January’s read, Ranson Riggs’ debut novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.This month’s reads definintely fell under the genre of YA horror, psy-fi, chillers. Miss Perregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has all of those elements and is most definitely a page turner for the Sophisto-Kitty.

When Jacob Portman is very young his grandfather, a WWII Holocaust survivor, plies him with stories of his time in a magical home off the coast of Wales, a rescue facility of sort for European children in harms way during the war. He shares the most unbelievable photos of children with the ability to levitate, contain bees in their bodies, be invisible, and animate the dead with the hearts he has removed from small animals. Creepy for sure. But entertaining for a young boy. As Jacob matures, he views the stories as no more than fairy-tales, qualifying them as the imagination of a boy who escaped Poland before the war which took all of his family members before he reached sixteen.Much to the disheartenment of his grandfather who is grappling with dementia, Jacob is no longer a believer in the stories and Grandfather Abraham Portman is left to remember in privacy.

When his grandfather dies a most horrific death, his parting words to Jacob are instructions to go to the island and a cryptic message to “Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man’s grave. September third, 1940.”

Understandably, Jacob’s parents, concerned for his mental well being, enlist the aid of a psychiatrist who seems only too pleased to encourage Jacob to travel the the island of his grandfather’s imaginings. Accompanied by his father, an ornithologist, eager to finally publish a book, the two travel to the island off the coast of Wales.

As he explores the island, Jacob visits the townspeople and eventually finds the home his father lived in after the war. Far from magical, he finds, after passing through a bog,  a decrepit war-torn home. His hopes of finding anyone still alive there diminished, he explores the inside finding the remnants of what possibly could have housed children; school desks, pantry, toys scattered about, as well as mold and vines that have taken over throughout the years. If he feels it is uninhabited, he is truly suprised to find several young faces peering down at him from the hole in the ceiling.

Excited to read the sequel HOLLOW CITY.

Candace Hardy