When Jacob was very young, his grandfather told him stories about a beautiful island where he lived with several strange children. Among the photographs he showed Jacob, there was a girl who could float and a boy covered in bees. Jacob loved the stories about the children in the photographs , but thought the stories were just delusions created by the trauma his grandfather suffered during World War II. There was no way that a girl could float above the ground, or a boy could hold a boulder over his head–the pictures were fake. When his grandfather dies under horrible circumstances, Jacob begins to wonder if there was some truth to the stories. In an attempt to regain his sanity, he journeys to the island to investigate.
I had a great time with this book–the plot is tightly written and moves quickly, particularly once Jacob reaches the island. While the concept has familiar elements, Riggs weaves them together into something that is utterly new and charming. My favorite part of the book, however, was the old photographs scattered throughout the novel. Not only are they amazing to look at it, but Riggs also neatly ties them into the storyline.
All I can say is: I want a sequel.