“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” ― Neil Gaiman
Read by Kim A: As a child Jacob is enthralled by his grandfather’s stories of the strange and wonderful orphanage in which he grew up. As Jacob grows into adolescence he feels ashamed of his naivety in believing these stories and begins to share the tarnished view of his grandfather held by the rest of the family. Then his grandfather meets a violent death, and Jacob is spurred to seek out the orphanage and learn first hand what truth lies behind his grandfather’s stories.
There is an equal balance of discovery, adventure and tenderness in this YF novel. I felt Jacob’s struggle with his grief, feelings of being an outcast and uncovering difficult family relationships were as enjoyable to read as the parts of the novel that dealt with his search for the “peculiars”. The novel ends on a cliff-hanger which left me anxious to read the sequel Hollow City.