- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books; Reprint edition (26 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594746036
- ISBN-13: 978-1594746031
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (973 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) Paperback – Illustrated, 26 Aug 2013
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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<br \><br \>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
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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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Top Customer Reviews
The story revolves around Jacob and his grandfather who sends him on a mission to look for a children's home he used to live in. What Jacob doesn't realise is that the children living in the home aren't normal. They are peculiar and not from our time. They are also in danger and he is going to have to make a big decision. To help or not?
I was completely wrong about this book as I absolutely loved it. The story pulled me in and I was desperate to know what was going to happen. It's a difficult one to describe as it is unlike anything I have ever read before - a sprinkle of Harry Potter with some Lemony Snickett thrown in would be my best attempt. It also becomes clear what the photos are for - clever, really clever.
This is a true example of never judging a book by its cover. I can't wait to read the next one!
It was very good. One of the best I have read. The characters were very likeable. The story unfolded well. The ending was such a fast pace I couldn't help but finish it. 12.30am.
If the film is half as good I would recommend both.
I don't know what book the Welsh readers who gave 1 star were writing about but maybe they don't live near modern Welsh children. They talk like the other UK kids - the language they hear on the TV most oF which is U.S. rubbish. Like the kids here in Scotland do.
I'm a retired school teacher and I loved this book. It is so not Harry Potter takes on the X-Men. It is quite deep and thought-provoking in its own right. Of course any "monsters" and magical happenings are going to make us wonder at the beginning "Is this going to be anything like Harry Potter or Narnia?" but this definitely not either. I'm not surprised the filmmakers have snapped it up. They wouldn't have if it was a rerun of any book already done to death.
Just read and enjoy and keep preconceived ideas as far away as possible. I've bought the 1st two books for all my grandchildren.
Things don't quite go according to plan and Jake finds the ruins of the orphanage he assumes everyone has now died that was there as the locals don't seem to know anything about it but that isn't the case at all. This is a wonderful fantasy type book and the characters are all slightly odd but that doesn't stop you liking them. The pictures that accompany the writing are fascinating and seem to capture the feeling of the book. This is a great read whatever your age and even though it is aimed at young adult I would say read it anyway it is a breath of fresh air and takes you to another dimension for a while
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Odd, but enjoyable once you get into it. It was suitable for adults as well as teenagers. Quite cleverly constructed. The photos don't come out very well on KindlePublished 6 days ago by Firegirl
Loved this Book, really got caught up in the story, I am an avid reader, it is rare you get an excellent book, but this is one of them.Published 7 days ago by Nigel Greenhill
Utterly brilliant! This is a truly original idea. I love how the story is written around the old photographs. It's a fascinating read and very well written.Published 8 days ago by Autumn
Daughter is enjoying this. True to the original; the manga style imagery alongside photographs add another dimension to the story.Published 9 days ago by NL
The concept is so good but it's just not that great a story. There is so much hype about this and I couldn't even finish the second book.Published 10 days ago by Fiona
Loved this book. I remember some of the photos from my childhood.Published 15 days ago by Jacqui wilkinson