- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books; Reprint edition (June 4 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594746036
- ISBN-13: 978-1594746031
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Paperback – Jun 4 2013
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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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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 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
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“…a thrill ride.”—Marshall Independent
"This peculiar parable is pure perfection."—Justine magazine
“Somewhat reminiscent of Jack Finney’s Time 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.
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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There are some minor continuity errors that repeat in all three books (mostly around people's clothing and the magically reappearing footwear) and a few mistakes such as having children in 1940s Wales measure distance in kilometers that suggest a writer who didn't grow up in the UK. There are some similarities with Harry Potter both in the protagonist's relationship to his parents and in the idea of special (peculiar) people who have to hide from the mainstream world. to avoid persecution, but this isn't really a Harry Potter derivative at all.
I read the Kindle edition, and found it difficult or impossible to zoom in on the pictures; it's unfortunate as they are there to illustrate (and originally inspired) the story.
It's a reasonably fast paced book, especially in the later chapters, and a lot of fun. I ended up buying the second and third books too, and was not disappointed. Recommended.
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!)
Now, with the permission of his shrink & parents, Jacob tries to go back to the root of his grandfathers stories(on the island where the refuge home resides) to try & elude the night mares that have been plaguing him. His search for the answers to his questions brings him to a truth he never suspected.
A really great read! The photos, borrowed from collectors, included really help make the story that much more fabulous
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