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: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 9 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1594746060
  • ISBN 13: 9781594746062
  • Illustrations note: Spot Black and White Photos throughout
  • Sales rank: 2,490

Product description

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

Customer reviews

By Jessica 19 Jul 2013 4

When I started this book I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. The cover is creepy, the pictures inside are creepy, but the book itself is not creepy. Nevertheless, I liked it and I preordered the second one because I like where the story is heading. Recommended to anyone who doesn't judge books by their covers (or the pictures inside.)

By Daina 19 Jul 2013 5

This book includes everything that I love in fiction! I got more and more excited as I realised the direction the story was taking me, and would highly recommend to anyone. It's not a scary read at all, which I enjoyed all the more.

The story unravels itself at a comfortable (if not page gripping) pace to expose a vast and detail back plot, and I'm eager to get the next book to read more about it.

Jacob is a great protagonist who starts out as your typical (although rich) boy, in a dull monotonous life in America, and gets thrown into an adventure story where he has to make adult decisions as he fights "bad guys". It was very easy to put myself in his shoes and see through his eyes, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the author let Jacob do what he wanted, even if that got him into seemingly unsolvable fixes.


Aspects that I love include (only mild spoilers);

Boarding school/orphanage
Mystery/Intrigue/Puzzle in the plot
Childhood Independence and Adventure
Small island off the coast of the UK
Old photos scattered through the book to highlight and emphasise, rather than used as a crutch
Elaborate and plausible explanation and back story
Time Travel
"Magic" in the form of human "powers" - meant to be genetic mutation

I would highly recommend! For ages 10-110 - I am 23.

By Taneith Lanyon 29 Apr 2013 5

I throughly enjoyed this book - an interesting tale thoughtfuly told. I loved the characters and interwinning supernatural plot....the addition of photos is clever and helps add to the magic of the story.
really loved this story - A very impressive debut novel. Fingers crossed for a sequel..

By Maddy Garrett 16 Apr 2013 2

The cover and summary are very enticing but overall the writing and storyline was poor, the characters were hard to relate to, and the plot line went nowhere. It was, however, very original. Still would not recommend.

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"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 many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale."--"Library Journal" "His premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters."--"Booklist" "Readers will find this book unique and intriguing."-- "School Library Journal