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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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13 of 13 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 A thousand words are worth these pictures... Oct. 10 2014
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I love vintage photographs. You know, those black and white snap shots of another time, when people hardly ever smiled at the camera. Each picture just offers up so many questions about its subject. So, when I heard about this book, I knew I had to check it out. Ransom Riggs has done a fine job of welding a tale from these dispirited images and the book is a page turner that's impossible to put down. And the last page is bittersweet, you just want this adventure to continue! Luckily, the second book in a planned trilogy, HOLLOW CITY, is now available. Can't wait to get back in the "loop".

Highly recommended.
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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 Very peculiar indeed. July 20 2014
I loved the idea behind this story. The front cover makes you think the story is going to be really eerie and creepy, but it really wasn't in my opinion. I thought it was very interesting and a good story for young adults. I am also extremely excited that Tim Burton is going to be turning this story into a movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars weird June 24 2014
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wonderfully weird, enjoyed deviating from the usual kinds of reading I do, which is murder mysteries and biographies thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
I read this book front to back in under 24hrs. The only reason it got a 4/5 was because it wasn't what I expected. Still worth the read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different
Something different, interesting premise, fun read.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good teen read. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, you'll enjoy this.
Published 2 months ago by tasha vandervliet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Great story very intriguing how everything fits together. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Ronning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story!! Whimsical! :D
Published 3 months ago by lawnmow3rg1rl
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!!!!
What a delicious and interesting read. Loved it all - my kind of book... Can't wait to start number 2!
Published 5 months ago by Karen M. Kindrachuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really loved everything about this novel. The storyline is attention grabbing. It was hard to put down. The photos really add a lot to the storyline. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The characters were lovable. A world inside or own, to be e explored.i would love to meet Miss Peregrine and her peculisr children.
Published 5 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars twists and tuns
Lots of unexpected twists and turn. It was very enjoyable and appeals to not only YAs. Get your copy today for summer reading.
Published 6 months ago by Eva Ing
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Joanie L
I loved the photos and thought what fun RR must have had collecting them. I wasn't sure if it was intended to be YA or not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Olivia Jennings
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