Riggs has successfully pulled off a rather ambitious project in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Using old photographs mined from garages and attics by private collectors he has written an engaging story that is simultaneously contemporary, historical, and fantastical.
Gabi and Lia Bentarrini are two teenage girls who will be spending the summer in Italy. That sounds pretty good until they realize that they'll be spending it with their mother—on the archeological site of an old medieval castle—in the middle of nowhere. Boredom leads the girls to explore an ancient tomb which is strictly off limits. Inside, Gabi sees a hand print on the wall and wonders if her hand will fit. Seconds later, Gabi's head is spinning and she falls to the ground, realizing Lia is no longer with her in the tomb.
I'm generally proud of myself when I successfully make it home after a Saturday stop at my local wholesale store, but that's a drop in the bucket compared to the fantastical adventures that ensue during this run to the corner store for milk.
Emerson is not a normal 17-year-old girl. She may appear to be on the outside, but everything about her, including her daily routine, is off. A few months before her parents’ tragic deaths, Emerson began seeing people. These people were out of place, out of time and, more importantly, out of their physical bodies. They were similar to ghosts, except that when she touched them, they would disintegrate rapidly.
The Clearing by Heather Davis is a kind of time travel romance. Amy, a senior in high school, has moved to a small town to live with her great aunt after her suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of her boyfriend. Amy hopes that by moving to this small rural town she will be able to put the past behind her.
The Proteus Operation is about World War II. It’s about time traveling and alternate histories. It’s about quantum mechanics. And it’s about the human spirit and the lengths humans are willing to go to improve their, and others’, future. A group of scientists, diplomats and military personnel travel from a bleak, hopeless 1975 to a still-hopeful 1939. Their aim is to alter “past” events in order to bring about an improved “future”. Problems and questions abound.