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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; Reprint edition (June 4 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594746036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594746031
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love.”–Romper

“…one of the coolest, creepiest YA books…”– PopSugar
 
“…a thrilling adventure full of fascinating photographs…”– Colchester Sun 

“…a remarkable novel….  fantastical without apology, and heart-wrenching without dramatics…. Ransom Riggs ensures you'll lose yourself in every tenebrous word.” – Zimbio.com
 
“…a thrill ride.” – Marshall Independent 

“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


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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I enjoyed reading this a lot. The flow is smooth with plenty of unexpected plot twists, and there's an almost dream-like quality to the writing.

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.
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By A. Soares TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 5 2014
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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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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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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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Found this novel to be spellbinding in every way! The inclusion of the photos by Ransom Riggs take the reader to another time and place.
Can hardly wait for the movie to come out this year. A great read for any age!
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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. I found myself very creeped out at certain points. The back pages give credit for the photos and that as well, is very interesting. As a person in my 20's I very much enjoyed Miss Peregrine's. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Hollow City.
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There are photographs of children -- a girl floating above the ground, two boys in clown masks eating a ribbon, a child with two reflections, a kid with no head, a dog with a boy's head, and so on.

These odd photographs inspired Ransom Riggs to craft a fantasy around the idea: what if these vintage photographs were completely authentic pictures of "peculiars"? Fortunately "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is not a mere gimmick just to justify the phorographs, but a gripping, dark little fantasy story about a boy's search for his grandfather's legacy and a mysterious lady who wrote to him all his life.

Jacob hadn't believed his grandfather's absurd "fairy tales" for many years... until his grandfather is brutally murdered by a creature with tentacles sprouting from its mouth. Obviously nobody believes what he says he saw, and after many months of psychiatric therapy, even Jacob doesn't believe it himself. But he's still haunted by the odd letters and photographs his grandfather left behind, and eventually convinces his parents to let him go to Wales for the summer so he can uncover more of his grandfather's past.

What he stumbles onto is more bizarre than anything he could ever imagine: a part of a remote island is locked in a time loop that perpetually repeats a single day in 1940. Living in this place is Miss Peregrine and the "peculiar" children -- kids with strange abilities and powers.

Yes, not only were his grandfather's tales all true, but he once lived with these people before leaving to fight in World War II.
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