Jacob has grown up an avid admirer of his grandfather. Not that he believes all those crazy stories about levitating girls and invisible boys that Grandfather showed him pictures of. And that school on an island in Wales can’t possibly be as magical as Grandfather says. Right?
But after one singular, horrible experience, Jacob doesn’t know WHAT to believe. Either he has actually gone crazy or there is more to Grandfather’s mysterious stories than he’d thought. Only a trip to Wales to do his own investigating will finally let his mind rest and put those childish ideas behind him forever.
OOOOHH, but what he finds in Wales! This is where the book just gets so GOOD. I mean, I read it in a DAY, good. I don’t want to spoil any of the plot, but what makes this story so stinking special is those photographs! Throughout the book these fascinating old photographs add depth and, almost, a firm footing to things that are just so hard for Jacob to believe. But he DOES believe, and so do we, and I found myself completely enthralled with this alternate reality. The mysteries keep you guessing and I particularly enjoyed the few really great scary moments.
It was shelved with the young adult books in my library, but I think this is one that any lover of alternate realities or mysterious fantasy could enjoy.
Rated: Moderate for language (no “f”-words but Deity terms and other moderate language), gore and a short and mild makeout scene. I think Mild for adults.