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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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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
Can I just start by saying I haven't seen the film. There's a lot of rave reviews about it in movie land but before I saw it I wanted to experience the book. I prefer to read these 'major motion pictures' before the become 'major motion pictures.'
What I read was a mix of scary, fun, magical, bewilderment, joy, bravery, and of course Peculiar children.
It was fantastic. It's left me wanting a whole lot more which is why I bought the sequel to it, however I'm going to wait a little to digest this one before commencing reading the next.
I loved the whole concept of this book, the imagination of the author is brilliant. From the detail written I could totally imagine myself being there. Encountering what Jacob encounters along the way and being scared at the 'monsters.' It all worked for me.
It's going to stay with me for a while.
Happy Reading :-)
Jacob Portman spent much of his childhood listening to his grandfather talk about this orphanage that he grew up in, and the stories of his friends there, but they sound too fantastical to be true, and as he gets older, he becomes skeptical of what he takes to be tall tales thought up to entertain him, or just the ramblings of a deteriorating mind. It is only when tragedy strikes that Jacob finds he needs to go to the island where the orphanage is to find out more about his grandfather's past, and the truth is indeed stranger than fiction. While the action that follows forms the "meat" of the book, what moved me especially was the evolving relationship between Jacob and his grandfather, captured so succinctly yet vividly in the first part of the book, that made Jacob's determination to unravel his grandfather's past both believable and poignant.
A terrifyingly exciting read. Targeted for the YA market, but Riggs's creative imagination and writing makes this novel mighty fine for older adults as well.
His grandfather died, Jacob is taken to talk to someone about the presence he felt and what his grandfather told him, Jacob convinces everyone he should go to the Island for closure, his dad takes him so he can watch birds, after a couple of tries and pranks by local teenagers Jacob finds the home but it is bombed out and destroyed, Jacob was told all in the home were killed in an air raid Sept 3rd 1940, going back to the home he sees some children, suddenly he was in a summers day 3rs Sept 1940, the house was intact, he had entered a time loop, what then begins for Jacob is an incredible adventure proving all his granddad told him was true, he met Willard the invisible boy, Olive the levitating girl, Hugh the boy with bee's in his stomach, Claire with two mouths and others
The film does not do the books justice, if you have seen the film you will have to read all three books to match the film
My verdict, very good, excellent read
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I thought at first that it is maybe for children but then changed my mind!