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Ransom Riggs
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7 Jun 2011 Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (Book 1)
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.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (7 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744761
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida, where he spent his formative years making silly movies with his friends in their various backyards, snorkeling, and complaining about the heat. He studied English at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He is married. He has a cat. He lives in Los Angeles. He makes films you can watch on his YouTube page: www.youtube.com/ransriggs. He enjoys traveling to exotic lands and complaining about the heat. He would like to thank you for reading this short biography.

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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. --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-- ..Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies-- --People

thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book, because Riggs' writing is beautiful and magical, the characters are so wonderfully quirky and special in their own ways, and also because of the fabulous pictures. I can't wait for the movie!! I'm sure it will be great---Teen Book Guru, July, 2012....a quirky little story combining elements of YA adventure and supernatural horror....always lost in stories, July, 2012.............I read the wonderful Miss Peregrine s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and really enjoyed it. It stood out amongst other books due to its presentation of the story, black & white photos and hand-written letters dotted throughout the book as if it was a photo album or scrap book... --Notes of Life, May, 2012

I read this book in only a few hours as I really did not want to put it down. At the beginning of the story, you have no idea how it is getting to the plot that is described in the blurb. The plot is wonderfully well crafted, and not just in this respect; there is a twist towards the end, and for the first time in a very long time I really did not see it coming. I really recommend you take some time out to read this book as you ll want to enjoy it in one go the plot and the characters (especially the precocious Emma) really draw you in and I can t wait for the sequel next year. ....Judging covers, July, 2012....This is one of those books that needs to be read in physical copy. The layout of the book itself makes for a great experience and readers will want to flip back and forth between the images. I really enjoyed this strange, at times eerie adventure and look forward to the next instalment with Jacob and the children. --Stargazer, August, 2012----thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book --TeenBook guru, Sept, 2012

a quirky little story combining elements of YA adventure and supernatural horror....always lost in stories, July, 2012.... --Cork News, December, 2012

a quirky little story combining elements of YA adventure and supernatural horror....always lost in stories, July, 2012.............I read the wonderful Miss Peregrine s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and really enjoyed it. It stood out amongst other books due to its presentation of the story, black & white photos and hand-written letters dotted throughout the book as if it was a photo album or scrap book... -- --Notes of Life, May, 2012 took the world by storm last year when it was released, with its combination of gothic-super-hero-horror story and down right creepy photographs. -- --iwishiwasabook, August, 2012

...an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and fascinating vintage photography in a thrilling reading experience. --Cork News, December, 2012 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ransom Riggs is the acclaimed director and screenwriter of the Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters viral video book trailer (named Best Book Trailer of the Year by Amazon.com!). He's also the author of Quirk's Sherlock Holmes Handbook. He is a screenwriter and filmmaker by trade. This is his first novel

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and curiouser.... 28 July 2011
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is from start to finish a fantastic young adult novel. Ransom Riggs has written one of the most original and inventive debuts I've ever read.

It follows the story of American teenager Jacob who journeys to a small, remote Welsh island to discover the secrets of his grandfather's childhood. He comes across the ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but soon learns that not everything is quite as it seems and things start to become ever so peculiar. Interspersed with genuine vintage photographs which Ransom Riggs seems to have used to build a story around it is a truly bizarre but brilliant reading experience. The photos add a chilling otherworldly feeling to the novel and really helps the story to come alive in a new way.

By turns frightening, fascinating and amusing I would recommend it to adults and young people alike as an excellent new voice in children's fiction.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 18 July 2011
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It's pretty hard to show any originality in books these days, but I was pleasantly surprised by how different this book was. The plot has been cleverly interlinked with many unsettling vintage photos of children doing unusual and spectacular feats.

The story is complex with many mysteries, that are sporadically punctuated with strange photographs. This creates a realism that draws you in and keeps you hooked, as I found myself reading for longer to reach the next picture. For me the photos were the best part of the book, as some of them are quite creepy.

The first two thirds of the book moved at a nice pace and the story was engaging, with plenty to keep the reader entertained. However, once the mysteries of the house and the children have been explained I felt that the plot slowed down quite dramatically and dragged on a little. I did have to push myself to finish the last few chapters and felt that it could have been tied up much sooner and with a much harder hitting ending. The story itself did vaguely remind me of vintage re-telling of the X-men comics, as a group of gifted children are segregated to a big house, to use their powers freely and be mentored by an equally unusual adult.

It seems there may be a sequel or two in the pipeline, and I actually think this is a shame, as the popularity for this book stems from it being unique and unlike other books. I don't think the story is strong enough to branch out to a full series and I doubt I would buy the next book. However, the book is worth reading for it's quirkiness.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. Couldn't put it down 17 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Brilliant premise, superb pace, great writing. I couldn't put this book down. Once started I just kept on reading because it was so good. The great reviews I have read about this book are justified. Although the book can stand alone,I sincerely hope that he will write a sequel because the characters were so wonderfully evoked that I would love to know what happens to them next.Cannot recommend this highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 24 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is a truly awful book. Nice idea but the package is dreadful. It’s Gothic-lit for 12 year-olds. Attracted by the cover, the odd photographs and the endless reviews declaiming this book was better than sliced bread, I bought it. Big mistake. It was toast within 50 pages. American father and rich precocious son end up on an island off the Welsh coast called Cairnholm (after the Scots word ‘cairn’ and the old Norse word ‘holm’ What the Welsh with their own language would make of it doesn’t bear thinking!) Son slips through a time warp. Lots of kiddie magic with all the adults named after birds – you don’t want any more of this do you? Meanwhile, the ornithologist father thinks Manx Shearwaters gather during the day. And did you know that everyone in Wales speaks as though from Brooklyn? I hated myself for this book; hated that I gave up otherwise profitable time ploughing through. So this is a warning. Don’t buy. PS: I’m Welsh with family in Brooklyn
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly captured peculiarities 18 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
Even though one of the photographs in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children did cause me to utter a sound not unlike a yelp whilst reading on the bus this morning, I loved this book. The fact that found photographs (mostly non-terrifying, although definitely all peculiar) were interspersed with the text added a depth to the, already unique, storyline that isn't often found in Young Adult fiction.

I'll admit here and now that the idea of opening the book and loving the story, and then being confronted by potentially disturbing photographs did worry me at first. I seem to have a lock on my imagination where, most often, I can force myself not to visualize some things I read... but once I see something, really see it, that something tends to stick in my head despite any efforts I might make to shake it out. I can only think of one photograph in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that I want to shake out (page 48, and it's likely my own fault for being crept out by humans and animals looking remotely like each other).

Enough about the photographs, it's time to talk about the prose. This book was one of the most beautifully written that I have ever read. Ransom Riggs manages to capture the voices of different eras, localities, and temperaments with a witty accuracy that is a joy to read. Jacob is a great character to follow on his journey from adult-diaper stacking teen to ... well... becoming something of a `hope` in a vacuum. I loved sitting on his shoulder for the ride.

Recommendation: If you look to YA paranormal fantasy for more than just werewolves and vampires, are willing to get drawn into a world where improbable childhood stories come true, and love beautifully written stories then try Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
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Thrilling and in the beginning I had trouble sleeping due to the mystery an Gothic horror of the photographs. The plot constantly twist and you never really know who chasing them.
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