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Riggs, Ransom.

New York : Quirk Books. 2011

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Booktalk #1

Jacob has always loved listening to his grandfather’s mysterious tales of the orphanage where he grew up….tales of little girls that could levitate, boys with superhero strength, and children that were invisible. His grandfather even had real photographs to accompany his tales. However, Jacob is no longer a little boy, but a teen now and he begins to doubt his grandfather’s stories. He begins to turn his grandfather and his strange tales away. That is, until he gets a frantic phone call from his grandfather. During this conversation, his grandfather pleas for help to fend off the person or thing that is lurking in wait, ready to destroy him. Jacob goes to his grandfather’s rescue, but it is too little, too late. He discovers his grandfather murdered in his backyard in quite a grisly scene.

 Jacob begins his own investigation, determined to discover what happened to steal his beloved grandfather away from him. 
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

Jacob’s grandfather, Abraham, always told him stories about the mysterious orphanage where he grew up and the peculiar children who lived there. There were stories about an invisible boy, a girl who could hold fire in her bare hands, a boy who could single-handedly lift a boulder, and a levitating girl who had to wear special shoes just to keep her from floating away. A wise old “bird” named Miss Peregrine looked after them all. Jacob always thought the stories were too weird to be true. But after Abraham dies under strange and sinister circumstances, Jacob discovers some old photographs and letters that seem to match up with his grandfather’s tall tales. With his father, he travels halfway around the world to try and find the orphanage and tell his grandfather’s childhood friends how he died. But when he finally finds the house, it is in ruins – and has been since World War II. Or has it? Where are Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children? Were they ever even real? How did Abraham really die … and is Jacob going to be next? This is a spooky, magical page-turner that includes lots of real photographs discovered by the author. You will not be able to put it down, so pick it up today!  Amy V. Pickett, Ridley High School  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Orphanages -- Fiction.
                        Islands -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Mystery fiction.

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