Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is about Jacob Portland and how his life got thrown upside down when his grandfather died and he witnessed a monster killing him. Jacob is a rich boy with so many things handed to him that he doesn’t know how to handle his own problems. His best and only friend, Ricky Pickering, is the exact opposite of him. While Jacob gets a car for his birthday, Ricky has a car he bought with less money than Jacob’s allowance every month. When Ricky can’t afford gas because he doesn’t have enough cash, he goes to parties and let drunk teens hit his car with a golf cub for a dollar a hit. If you smash a window or any glass you have to pay to get it fixed. How could two kids from such different backrounds be so close? Ricky and his bright green hair and tough guy attitude protect Jacob from bullies at school and Jacob helps Ricky pass classes. Their friendship ends quickly when they find Jacob’s dead grandfather and Ricky doesn’t believe Jacob about the monster.
Jacob’s grandfather, Franklin Portman, didn’t have a childhood. He was the only one of his family to escape the holocaust and ended up in a orphanage filled with peculiar children with a bird who watches them while smoking a pipe. Children who could lift boulders above their heads and take the life out of living things and give it to unliving things. Children who could make fire balls and levitate and children who are invisible. Children who could see monsters. This peculiar place was in Wales.
Jacob, devastated by his hero’s death, sets on a journey to find the place where his grandfather grew up. His mother and father and therapist eventually agree to let him go to Wales as long as his dad accompanies him. Will he find his grandfather’s home? If he does who will he meet? Are monsters real? Are his grandfather’s peculiar friends still going to be there? Where they even real? If Jacob’s grandfather wasn’t as much as a hero as Jacob thought he was, does Jacob actually want to know the truth?