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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [Hardcover]

Ransom Riggs
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June 7 2011 Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (Book 1)
A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted 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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“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 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

“Somewhat reminiscent of Jack Finney’s Time and Again, Rigg’s first novel is enchanting…highly recommended.”—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“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.com

“Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“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

“Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious.”—Forces of Geek

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’s 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars creative and intresting. July 21 2011
I purcahsed this book for my daughter who loves to read but found myself stealing it. (Don't worry I'll give it back) The pictures are what peeked my interest. When I realized that they were real (borrowed from vintage photo collections) that was it - I had to learn more. But there is so much more here then just the photos. The author does a great job of tying his creeping photo collection into a wonderfully creepy story. The ending leaves me with more questions then answers so I suspect this is just the begining for Jacob and the other peculiars.

Watch out for this book to make it to the big screen, 20th Centery Fox has purchased the rights.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read March 23 2012
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this book is amazing. it is an easy read but the story that it tells is amazing. great story line and the pictures that are in the book help tell the story.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected Aug. 8 2011
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was one of those books I discovered online and immediately went out and bought. As a collector of vintage photos myself I was drawn in by the photos but most of all by the trailer on the author's website. The images of abandonment were incredibly compelling. I was prepared for a more traditional ghost story or something similar. What I got was a bit of a surprise but nevertheless a well constructed novel that will make for a terrific movie. If I have one criticism it would be that I found the lead character a bit immature to be believable as a 16 year old. He seemed to present himself more in the neighbourhood of 12 or 13 in the way he related to the other characters in the book. All in all money well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peculiar children to say the least Feb. 3 2014
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I enjoyed this book enough to hop right into the second one! It was imaginative and I found it correlates to the hollacaust very nicely. It is deeper than you imagined it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! March 23 2014
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If you are a teacher of English then this is the novel to use in high school, perhaps even middle school. If not, it is a great fantasy book for young people and adults alike. I thought t hat this book was exceptionally written with the use of old photographs helping to move it along and add character and flavour to the novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story:) March 5 2014
By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER
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While I believe this book is geared towards young adults it is a fascinating read for adults too.

The premise: Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather's stories of living in a home with kids with special talents (sort of like the X-Men). As he aged, he dismissed these stories as nothing but fairy tales. When he is 16, something happens to force Jacob to revisit these stories and he ultimately begins a quest to find out more about his grandfather's past and uncover the truth behind his stories.

The characters: Interesting overall. In his "before" life, Jacob is a loner for the most part. We meet the "peculiars" and see them and their world through his eyes. Perhaps because of his previous isolation, Jacob is quick to latch on to this new world and begins to make new friends.

The pace: this is the first book in a series and was a good pace for an introductory novel. The second novel is already out (and I am about to begin reading tonight). This is a quick and easy read.

The bad: if you think too hard about the time loop there are a lot of questions. I've gone with "suspend disbelief and pretend its possible". I'm also a little bit disturbed by the dynamic between Emma and Jacob for a number of reasons.

The pictures: Love them! Adds a little something to the book.

Overall: definitely worth a read. Looking forward to reading the second installment (tonight!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic! Feb. 27 2014
I have no words for how much I love this book! Well, maybe a few words. :) It is inventive, unique, and fascinating. The imagination involved blows my mind! The story is exciting, the characters are interesting and likable, and the bad guys will give you nightmares. What more could you ask for?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great pics, boring story Feb. 27 2014
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The pictures are more cool than the story is... That's a bummer.
It's like R. Riggs found these really great pics, put them in a certain order and tried to make a story around them. While it is a nice idea, sometimes the reading is boring.
It's easy to see how it's gonna end, and it takes too long to go there...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Just quirky and different enough to rise to the top. Mr. Riggs has a great ability to combine his writing and found photographs to tell an interesting story about special children. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend
Fun to see how Jacob matures throughout the book. I also enjoyed the numerous twists and discoveries. It's a very creative and interesting story
Published 2 months ago by Nik Jmaeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I think initially it was written for a youth audience but it sounded quirky and I was interested in the cabinet photos which are all untouched originals. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is a very good read. I would recommend it highly. Can't wait for the second book in January. It's right up there with Harry Potter?
Published 3 months ago by Lorie Gingras
4.0 out of 5 stars Provided as gift on an early teen's wishlist
Arrived in perfect condition. Made an excellent gift for an early teen's Christmas wish list. It's nice that real books are still in demand.
Published 3 months ago by sylvie cloutier
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Thrilling, mysterious and somehow endearing.
I read this book in 2 days, and that's only because I had to put it down occasionally to feed my complaining family! What an awesome book! Read more
Published 4 months ago by J.C. Saher
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story and unique fantasy!
This story is grounded in 20th century "now" as well as within a time travel situation.
It's a great read for teenagers and adults. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susan Morbey
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat casual read.....bet it becomes a movie
I hated this book a first, didn't know where it was going. After a few chapters it began to weave into a wonderful fantasy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L G Rogers
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