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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

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Format: Paperback, 382 pages
Other Information: Spot Black and White Photos Throughout
Published In: United States, 13 August 2013
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.

About the Author

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children-Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, Strange Geographies, can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. This is his first novel.

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"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 "Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."--CNN "Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story."--Associated Press "I read all of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books and I loved them."--Florence of Florence + The Machine "[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs."--USA Today Pop Candy "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 "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 "This peculiar parable is pure perfection."--Justine magazine "One of the coolest, creepiest YA books."--PopSugar "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 "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 "Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious."--Forces of Geek "Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale."--Florida Times-Union "In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise--a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful." --PopMatters "A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love."--Romper -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 -Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.---CNN -Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.---Associated Press -I read all of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books and I loved them.---Florence of Florence + The Machine -[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs.---USA Today Pop Candy -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 -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 -This peculiar parable is pure perfection.---Justine magazine -One of the coolest, creepiest YA books.---PopSugar -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 -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 -Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it.---Cleveland Plain Dealer -Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious.---Forces of Geek -Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale.---Florida Times-Union -In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise--a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful.- --PopMatters -A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love.---Romper A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story. John Green, New York Timesbest-selling author ofLooking for AlaskaandPaper Towns Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visitMiss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children. CNN Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story. Associated Press I readall of the Miss Peregrine s Peculiar Children books andI loved them. Florence ofFlorence + The Machine [A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs. USA Today Pop Candy With itsX-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it s no wonderMiss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Childrenhas 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 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 This peculiar parable is pure perfection. Justinemagazine One of the coolest, creepiest YA books. PopSugar 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 thepeculiar to his unusual tale. Library Journal Miss Peregrine s Home For Peculiar Childrenis 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 Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it. Cleveland Plain Dealer Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious. Forces of Geek Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenis more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale. Florida Times-Union In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Childrenis a pleasant surprise a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful. PopMatters A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenis a book that both children and adults will love. Romper" We will always need stories like Miss Peregrine [because they] assure bullying victims that they are not experiencing some sort of strange paranoia, and also give the non-bullied an understanding as to why someone new among them may be skittish. Den of Geek! I readall of the MISS PEREGRINE S PECULIAR CHILDREN books andI loved them. Florence ofFlorence + The Machine [A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs. USA Today Pop Candy 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 Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visitMiss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children. CNN Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story. Associated Press 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 thepeculiar 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 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 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 one of the coolest, creepiest YA books PopSugar a remarkable novel . fantastical without apology, and heart-wrenching without dramatics . Ransom Riggs ensures you'll lose yourself in every tenebrous word. Zimbio.com Miss Peregrine s Home For Peculiar Childrenis 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 Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenis more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale. Florida Times-Union Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it. Cleveland Plain Dealer In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Childrenis a pleasant surprise a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful. Popmatters.com Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious. Forces of Geek A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childrenis a book that both children and adults will love. Romper a thrilling adventure full of fascinating photographs Colchester Sun a thrill ride. Marshall Independent "This peculiar parable is pure perfection." Justine magazine Somewhat reminiscent of Jack Finney sTime and Again, Rigg s first novel is enchanting highly recommended. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 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 From the Hardcover edition."

EAN: 9781594746031
ISBN: 1594746036
Publisher: Quirk Books
Dimensions: 20.57 x 12.95 x 2.29 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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Beryl Cumming on
 
Quick delivery,grandson was very happy with the book,loved the story.
Allan & Pat Porter on
 
Easy read - very predictable story line.
Tracy Kurzfeld on
 
My daughter 12yrs started reading this one night but thought it might be a little scary so started it again during the day one weekend.. Then she absolutely couldn't put it down. Loved every bit of it and couldn't wait to ready the next book on this weird but fascinating perculiar story.
Gaye Hemsley on
 
Not my usual choice of reading.However I did find this book a bit hard to put down. Well written
deidre midolo on
 
I could hardly wait for this book to arrive and when it did I sat and read. GREAT BOOK!!I sat and read till it was finished and enjoyed it so much. Sent for the second book next day and am reading it now. Would recommend this book to any one especially if they like twists and turns. GREAT READ!!

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