Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Creepy and perfect. I love the little filigree around the title and such.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Page Count: 351 p.
Jacob's life has been pretty ordinary. The most excitement he has is his grandfather's fantastical tales about a home he lived in. In this place, he said, there were girls who could float and boys who had bees living inside them. All the children that didn't fit in anywhere else came here. They were watched over by an old bird. Jacob doesn't believe that these are 100% true tales, and eventually stops listening. When his grandfather dies under very mysterious circumstances and Jacob sees something in the woods, he starts to wonder if maybe his grandfather was crazy, and if maybe he has gone crazy too. Jacob can't get his grandfathers final words out of his head, so he searches for the things that were mentioned. This leads Jacob to a mysterious island near Europe with his father. Here Jacob figures he can learn some pieces of the truth about his grandfather, and the peculiar children he once knew.
"I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen."
"It was an almost-too-perfect morning."