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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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By (author) Ransom Riggs

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  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 38mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1594744769
  • ISBN 13: 9781594744761
  • Illustrations note: black and white photos throughout
  • Sales rank: 849

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Ransom Riggs is the acclaimed director and screenwriter of the Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters viral video book trailer (named Best Book Trailer of the Year by Amazon.com!). He's also the author of Quirk's Sherlock Holmes Handbook. He is a screenwriter and filmmaker by trade. This is his first novel

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By Diana 02 Jan 2014 3

Let me start by saying that, 1) I think the description of this book is a bit misleading, and 2) When I started reading it, I didn�?�¢??t know that it was the first book in a series. Because of this, I found reading Miss Peregrine�?�¢??s Home for Peculiar Children, well, peculiar.

Jacob Portman grew up listening to the fantastic stories his Grandpa told of his youth; Tales of monsters and children with extraordinary talents. No matter how incredible they seemed, he always believed the stories to be true, until the day that he didn�?�¢??t.

�?�¢??We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high.�?�¢??

When tragedy strikes and Jacob happens to witness it, everything he believes is put to the test. Traveling to the place of his Grandpa�?�¢??s past, searching for answers to help ease his mind, Jacob learns that even the tallest of tales are sometimes based on the truth.

I genuinely liked this book. Even though it wasn�?�¢??t what I expected due to the somewhat misleading description (I�?�¢??m not going to go into that though because I don�?�¢??t want to spoil anything), I really did like it. Had I known it was the first book in a series, I may have liked it even more. However, having not known that, I found the book to be a bit slow.

I enjoyed Jacob�?�¢??s narration and I thought that the use of the vintage photographs to enhance the story was creative and at times disturbing (Hello Creepy Santa, please step away from those kids), but I felt that the story wasn�?�¢??t really going anywhere. It was interesting enough, funny in all the right places, and had a few elements that I didn�?�¢??t really see coming (so kudos for that), I just expected it to be. . . more. More creepy. More sinister. More action packed. But it wasn�?�¢??t. I felt like the story kept building and building, but nothing happened. . . until the last 60 pages or so, that is. The end of the book really picked up some steam and that�?�¢??s what finally reeled me in.

Knowing now that the story will go on, I think Miss Peregrine�?�¢??s sets up a good foundation for the next book. The world has been built, the characters have been established, and the plot has thickened. I�?�¢??ll definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out and I, for one, hope the next leg of their journey is anything but ordinary.

�?�¢??I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.�?�¢??

Originally posted on brilliantlynovel.wordpress.com

By Denee 09 Oct 2012 3

This book has an excellent beginning! I loved the writing style of the author and felt it easy to read, comfortable and casual. The book, however for me, took a turn I had a hard time following. Although the book started off great and mysterious, the whole business with monsters and wights seemed silly and underdeveloped. I must say, though, the photography was wonderful! I had a great time examining each photo that was described and imagining what life might have been like with these people. Something I've also noticed, as far as the book's physical aspects are, as opposed to it's contents, is that the paper is wonderfully smooth and has a great contrast and thickness to it. I never really gushed over a book's visual and physical aesthetics, but this book was excellent in that category. The book's a quick read (especially with all the photos) so if you're looking for something weird casual read, then by all means pick this up!

First Line: "I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen." (8)

Last Line: "We rowed faster." (348)
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Quotes

"We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing them becomes too high..." (16)

"Part of me felt like something momentous was about to happen. The other part of me expected to wake up at any moment, to come out of this fever dream or stress episode or whatever it was and wake up with my face in a puddle of drool on the Smart Aid break room table and think, Well, that was strange, and then return to the boring old business of being me." (139)

"They were gods of this strange little heaven, and I was their guest." (180)

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 02 Jan 2012 4

This is one book that you can judge by its cover. The cover and dust jacket of this book are stunning, as is, most importantly, the contents. As well as gorgeous white pages and patterned chapter beginnings, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is scattered with genuine, eccentric and very distinctive vintage photographs. These are the real base for the story and it's interesting to see how Riggs managed to link them all together - I can imagine that this would've been a very fun plot to create. A couple of the photographs did feel as though they were forcibly stuck into the story, but I enjoyed looking at them all the same.

I think that the chosen word for this book, peculiar, is very apt in all aspects. It is a very quirky and quite a unique book but although it is all so very strange, it feels natural to the story and there is no feeling that the author is trying too hard. There was some slight over description at points, but I never once got bored. I enjoyed sitting back and reading the descriptions of the Welsh island setting and also of all of the characters that Jacob, our protagonist, met. Riggs has a way with making everything feel eerie. There is a sort of fairytale like feeling to the story, but it is twisted and dark. As aforementioned, I never got bored of reading this book - there are enough twists and the action increased as the book progressed. There was not a whole lot of action during the first half of the story but I actually somewhat preferred the discovery of things rather than the fast paced events that took place near the end.


I liked Jacob as a protagonist. He was imperfect and he felt real and as rational as anyone could be under his circumstances. We learned a few things about him, personality wise, as he tried to make sense of unanswered questions left to him by his grandfather who was killed. I particularly enjoyed reading about Jacob's relationship with Emma, his grandfather's old flame, but I thought it should've been more complex - Jacob only seemed to doubt the morality of it once. The children were also interesting, creepy and charming. I'm still left wanting to know more about all of the characters though, there is still a lot of room for development.

I was a little disappointed with the ending, but if there is a sequel (which there is certainly place for) then I'd feel a lot more positive about it. I'd love to learn more and follow Jacob and the children on their 'mission'. This is an unusual, unique read and it is something that I'd definitely recommend for teens and adults alike.

By Silmeriel 16 Oct 2011 5

Esta es un libro realmente impresionante, podr�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�­amos dividir en un antes y despu�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�©s de que Jacob llega a la isla, te sientes totalmente intrigada con los descubrimientos de Jake, mientras vas leyendo el comenta las fotografias de su abuelo y en la pagina siguiente aparecen para que las veas, como la imagen de la ni�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�±a levitando, o un chico levantando una roca gigante o la fotografia de un hombre acostado sobre un sillon con un arma en sus manos, son tan escalofriantes que algunas dan hasta miedo. Sientes el sudor frio que describe Jacob, cuando esta explorando la isla y la casa en ruinas, ademas de la frustraci�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�³n porque no logra en un principio entender que fue lo que paso en ese lugar. Pero los sentimientos hacia este libro cambian completamente cuando nos encontramos con la verdadera historia detr�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¡s del Hogar de Los ni�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�±os peculiares, es 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m�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¡s oscuro y magico a la vez, ya que Jacob se entera de que est�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¡ siendo perseguido por seres malignos por razones impactantes.No dejaras de dar vueltas las paginas, hay mucha 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exc�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�©ntrica, amistad, hasta una pizca de romance, esta es una historia que va a cautivar.La edici�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�³n del libro es realmente hermosa, mi copia es en tapadura con un estilo antiguo hermoso, cada comienzo de capitulo es con un fondo vintage que le da un toque tan antiguo que sientes que estas en otra epoca.
Y como muchas veces hemos dicho no juzgues un libro por la portada, pues cuando lo compre fue solo porque vi su portada y pense que seria un libro de miedo con extra�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�±as imagenes, pero para mi sorpresa no fue solo eso sino que a sido definitivamente una de las mejores lecturas de este a�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�±o y esta muy lejos de ser solo un libro de miedo mas bien es un viaje a la magia y la aventura. Quizas lo unico malo, aparte que aun no esta en Espa�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�????�???�??�?�¢??�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�±ol, es que termina con un final demasiado abierto que obviamente indica que habra una secuela, lo mas malo de esto es que tendre que esperar hasta el 2013.

By jessica shipman 24 Sep 2011 4

As soon as I opened to the first page the book had me hooked! The cooky photographs did the trick, I loved how you could put a face to the characters in the book. Most authors don't do this with photography but I thought it was different and definitely clever!

The story line was great but...

The ending made me feel a little disappointed and to be honest - a little sour! The way the story was heading - with loads of action and intrigue to then just stop. It seems to me Ransom Riggs left it open for a sequel but there could have been a better ending...

Review quote

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life."--Geeks of Doom "This peculiar parable is pure perfection."--"Justine "magazine "A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story."--John Green, "New York Times" best-selling author of "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns" "With its "X-Men: First Class"-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it's no wonder "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. B+"--"Entertainment Weekly""'Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies."--"People" "[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs."--"USA Today Pop Candy""Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.""--CNN "You'll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It's a mystery, and you'll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself."--"Seventeen ""Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story."--Associated Press "Got a tweener child with a taste for creepy horror and time-travel stories? Send them "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.""--McClatchy Wire Service "It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."-- "Publishers Weekly""""An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes man