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Ransom Riggs
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20 May 2012
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 photographyMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (20 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594746060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594746062
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,573 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.............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

About the Author

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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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 18 July 2011
By Kirsty VINE VOICE
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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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21 of 21 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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16 of 17 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of potential, unfulfilled 2 Sep 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't normally write online reviews, as I'm aware of how different people's reactions to a text can be, and I wouldn't want to encourage/discourage anyone with different taste to my own. However, I feel like I needed to review this book as I felt so misled by its packaging and premise. The idea behind this novel is inspired; the vintage photography, the exploration of the impact of WW2 on rural Wales which is hardly ever explored, and hints at the supernatural. Not to mention, the cover and formatting is stunning.
Unfortunately, every positive aspect I was looking forward to going in is set way out of proportion: the photographs are completely forced, as though the author began with a set of images he liked and loosely strung a tenuous story around them, making them feel cheap and meaningless.
Furthermore, his views on Wales and the Welsh are embarrassingly misguided and poorly researched, particularly the attempt at local dialect - several times I was cringing so much I had to stop reading, the WW2 dialogue read like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. To give a brief example, a Welsh village he visits in *2011* has one land-line phone on the entire island. It's ridiculous. The tone of arrogance is painful to read; "aren't these Europeans quaint and backward, with their petrol generators and their drinking problems?". If Riggs has ever visited Wales or even the UK he does a great job of hiding it.
Lastly, what writing flair he shows in the beginning (and there is some, I liked the dialogue between Jacob and his "red neck" friend) evaporates as the book becomes over-logged with unnecessary characters (an excuse to use more photographs) and conveniently nonsensical attempts at final twists (I won't spoil anything but if you've read it you'll know what I'm talking about).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars abandoned half-way through 1 Feb 2013
By echo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Perhaps the photos(of which there are many)should have sent me a warning, but this novel descended into time travel portals and headmistresses who could turn into birds of prey. It all became too much for me and the writing left quite alot to be desired. I decided to not waste any more time on it and put it on the pile of books to be taken to the charity shop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A richly imagined world 22 Aug 2011
By Eleanor TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Jacob's Polish grandfather tells him stories about his childhood in an idyllic children's home off the coast of Wales, a home for children with strange powers (rather like the academy in X-Men), where the only threat is from horrible monsters on the outside. Jacob had assumed his grandfather's stories were fairy tales until a terrible event causes him to travel from Florida to Wales to investigate...

This is a beautifully presented book with lovely silky pages and coloured embellishment. Wonderfully strange vintage photographs serve as illustrations, their subject matter being incorporated into the narrative. I did feel, however, that the prose was not of the same standard as the book's production values and Ransom's attempt to render Welsh (and later 1940s) dialect felt completely artificial and was very distracting.

The plot, however, soon became compelling and the world of peculiar children is brilliantly and richly imagined. As a result about halfway through this went from being a three star to a four star book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent adventure
An original storyline
Wonderful characters and relationships
Would thoroughly recommend this book
Well written

I will definitely read to 2nd book
Published 3 days ago by lizzydee2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Will delight teenagers, but also all those who are looking for a good...
One teenager, one island and one secret caught up in this debut novel by Ransom Riggs whose novel ‘Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children’ is rightfully considered bestseller... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly outstanding
I thought the blurb sounded interesting and other reviews were good, but this is one of the best books I've read in a long time - and I generally abhor anything with even a whiff... Read more
Published 12 days ago by BH
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit TOO fantastical for you to ultimately care.
I love gothic literature, and freak-shows, Victoriana, the macabre, curiosites, half of Tim Burton's films... Read more
Published 13 days ago by L. Morrall
5.0 out of 5 stars A look back in time. this book is creative, mysterious and an easy...
I love that this book was written around genuine lost vintage photographs that needed a story because they had none. That alone makes this a great book for me. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nikki Robb
3.0 out of 5 stars Peculiar is the right word
What a bizarre story. Congratulations to the author for a very unusual idea and I enjoyed the "groundhog day" elements of this book but it just didn't quite work for me -... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ali
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This book was ok but to be honest it didn't feel that original and I am not about to rush out and buy number 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Wadeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
One of the best books I've read in a while, could not put it down. Tim Burton has supposedly bought the movie rights to it so you can tell how creepy and brilliant it is!!!
Published 1 month ago by Ally
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to be peculiar
I've wanted to read this book for a while, ever since seeing the cover and reading the title. It sounds interesting and looks alluring. It is that, at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by captain k.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really unique and creepy!
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is one of those books that you simply can't compare to anything else. Read more
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