When he was young, Jacob lived for his grandfather’s bed time stories. He dreamed about the children that had peculiar abilities—like the boy that had a whole colony of bees living inside of him or the girl that was so light she might float away if she didn’t wear special shoes. As he got older, though, Jacob stopped believing that such things were possible. Even if they were, why would they need a special place to live? And how could they stay secret?
One day, Grandfather calls Jacob at work. They’ve found me, he says, and then hangs up. Jacob goes to his grandfather’s house, thinking his grandfather has finally gone crazy and that the family will need to send him off to a nursing home.
Only he finds the front door busted open. Book shelves are knocked over, lamps lie in pieces on the floor, and drops of blood make a trail out the back door into the forest behind the house. Jacob follows the stains and finds his grandfather lying on the ground, bleeding heavily. As he is dying, his grandfather whispers something into Jacob’s ear: Find the bird, in the loop. September 3, 1940.
With his grandfather’s words to guide him, Jacob sets out to solve the mystery of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
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