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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

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by Ransom Riggs

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, young Jacob Portman, having discovered his ability to sense the monstrous wights and hollowgasts that are attempting to capture or kill Peculiars, has narrowly escaped with them and their injured leader, the birdlike "ymbryne," Miss Peregrine. The children must travel cross-country and through time loops, dodging monsters all the way, to Blitz-era London where, rumor has it that the last free ymbryne, Miss Wren, is hiding. En route, they meet talking animals, helpful Romany, and other Peculiars with odd talents: "The suitcase jiggled.... Its latches popped, and very slowly, the case began to open. A pair of white eyes peeped out at the crowd, and then the case opened a little more to reveal a face—that of an adult man... who had somehow folded himself into a suitcase no larger than my torso." Riggs's use of grotesque, unsettling, and sometimes lightly retouched photographs is just as successful in this outing, and while the plot occasionally feels forced to fit the photographs, it will easily please the previous book's numerous fans. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“...fans will be thrilled to know that the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is as hauntingly sinister is the first and is unequivocally worth the wait. It’s a rare sequel that improves on the series’ beginning... A must-read!” -RT Book Reviews
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This harrowing tale picks up right where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011) left off: having narrowly escaped wights and hollowgasts (monsters), Jacob, Emma, and their group of peculiars (young mutants, à la the X-Men, with a dash of time travel abilities) are on the move to London to find a cure for their headmistress Miss Peregrine who has been trapped in her bird form, but time is running short. Moving through time loops, they meet a menagerie of characters who help them along the way, but danger lurks at every corner, and horrors are not far behind. Even if the teens reach London alive, will it be enough to save Miss Peregrine from an ornithological fate? This book is perfectly paced, suspenseful, and scary. It is dark and dreadful but also humorous and touching. The peculiars are intriguing, each with fascinating powers, such as invisibility or premonition. They play off of one another's strengths and weaknesses, which progresses the story and further develops the characters. And of course there is the book's main attraction: the found vernacular photography, vintage pictures that Riggs has collected from flea markets and archives. The quirky and creepy snapshots perfectly illustrate the characters and settings, reinforcing the dark atmosphere of the narrative. New readers of the series will find this novel a treat and will be able to sift through summaries of previous events to place themselves in the story. Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends.—Billy Parrott, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Along with picking up the action where it left off in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Riggs fills in background detail while adding both talking animals and more children with magical powers to the cast. With evil wights and murderous hollowgasts in hot pursuit—and only days to save their beloved Miss Peregrine from permanently becoming a bird—Jacob and his nine young (in body, if not age) companions fling themselves through time loops to Blitz-torn London. The growing attachment between Jacob and kindhearted fire-conjurer Emma turns out to play a crucial role in the plot. After a brisk round of chases, captures, escapes and bombings—capped by a devastating reversal—the two end up separated from most of their allies but with a new talent that just might save "peculiardom" from its seemingly all-powerful enemies. As before, the author spins his tale in part around a crop of enigmatic vintage trick or portrait photographs, including two men (corpses?) sharing a bed with skeletons, a pipe-smoking dog and a staring girl with a huge hole through her midsection. Though less of a novelty here than in the opener, these still add distinctly creepy notes (even when the subject is supposedly comical) to a tale already well-stocked with soul eaters and tentacled monsters. Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)

Product Details

Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He is also the author of Talking Pictures (Harper Collins, 2012) and The Sherlock Holmes Handbook (Quirk, 2008). He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives in Los Angeles.

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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 271 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed this story. The details with my imagination, I felt as if I were a peculiar. I laughed, I cried, I felt every strong emotion from each and every character. I overall, am very pleased that the author has shared his stories. I am only displeased with how it ended... not saying it was terrible becuase truth betold it was brilliant!! I just hope the third will come quickly. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuffed with spine tingling moments! It has left me eagerly awaiting the third book! A MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg cant wait for next book. Did u know that tim burton is making a movie for the first one!!! OMG can't wait!!!!! :D :>
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
With their loop destroyed, Jacob and the children from Miss Peregrine's have no other choice than to leave the island that has sheltered them.  They must find others like Miss Peregrine to help her change back into human form, before it's too late.  However, they discover that it is already too late for many other peculiars, and the wights and hollowgasts have evolved into very formidable enemies.  They travel through other loops trying to find help.  Will they find it in time? This second book in the series is darker than the first one.  The children experience quite shocking circumstances as they travel through war-torn England.  We also get introduced to new peculiars, including talking animals.  It becomes abundantly clear that the peculiars' old strategy of hiding from the world will no longer insure their survival--the world has quite violently come calling on them, leaving death and destruction in its wake.  The end, of course, is quite a cliff-hanger, so bring on number three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it better than the first
pddrk8 More than 1 year ago
Loved it, Read Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children first. It was awesome can't wait for the third book!
MellieWY More than 1 year ago
I find myself drawn into the action, storyline pulls you right along with the action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! These books are filled with such detailed imagination. Definitely a YA book so not difficult for adults to read, but it is a quality book that is definitely worth your time. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is something a little different and out of the ordinary. Fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not finished yet but it is a thriller. I want to finish but dont want the story to be over.
Jayvee_27Misfit More than 1 year ago
It was hard not to enjoy Miss Peregrine&rsquo;s Home for Peculiar Children since it got me screaming at the bookstore and after. Hollow City came after when I had some cash to spare. I sincerely wanted to get it when it was released but I ain&rsquo;t rich yet, so. Once I got my money, I rushed to the bookstore, and tiptoed to the features section where all the newly released books were and grabbed it faster than a speeding bullet, stared at it and run my fingers on the book. I went home like a kid from the candy store. Hollow City is the sequel to the first novel by Ransom Riggs. We were left with the peculiar kids, travelling with Miss Peregrine, in her bird form, trying to find other loops where they&rsquo;d be safe from the wights that follow them. The thing that I mostly enjoyed while reading the book is the gripping storyline and the suspense of each scene. I honestly didn&rsquo;t predict anything that was going to happen because you can&rsquo;t. While reading, I was invested fully on what they were doing, trying to save themselves from hollowgasts, meeting new peculiars and travelling through loops. I was hit with surprise, after surprise after surprise!  Though you could say I was going to receive heart attacks from the spur of events, but through them I got to know more about the other peculiars abilities and that even from being stuck in their 1940 loop, they are still brave little souls, who are willing to risk their lives in order to save their loving Miss Peregrine from being a bird forever. The characterization is so much fuller this time around, which makes sense since the first novel became an introduction to the syndrigast world. Now, Hollow City is more action packed and mysterious in a way, with the main characters becoming more defined around the new characters introduced. This is honestly what I love about Ransom&rsquo;s novels. Even if you are thrown with so many characters, they are in their very way, special and couldn&rsquo;t be forgotten even if they were only in a couple of scenes. Out of all the new characters introduced, my favourites would have to be Althea, and Joel and Peter. They are the characters you wouldn&rsquo;t think would leave a mark, but they are a treat and oh so powerful. Jacob has become manlier and braver from the first novel. He has actually become more attractive in my imagination. Enoch, as always, is the most annoying yet the funniest foil I&rsquo;ve ever encountered in a novel. I just love how he was written. Thank you for Enoch, Ransom. Another lovely aspect from this sequel is the travelling and different sidetracks in their adventures such as the wonderful gypsies and the annoying wights. It gives so much flavour to the story. Also, the hunt for the time loops through the help of the Peculiar storybook they have was very interesting. The stories were entertaining and when you got the first one, you were willing to decipher the next one with them.  The photographs again were enchanting however, I must say, the photos in the first novel were scarier. Maybe it&rsquo;s because I knew that I&rsquo;d get used to seeing them but nonetheless, they are still haunting and fascinating. Hollow City is a thrill to read and any booknerd would pull an all-nighter for this enthralling and wonderful read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Peculiar Children are trying to escape evil and save Mrs. Peregrine......It is a quick read and keeps you interested. Can't wait for the next in the series to see where the Peculiars end up!
quibecca More than 1 year ago
4.5 Actually! I have really enjoyed reading this series.  Although to me this one was not as creepy as the first one, but it is still pretty darn good.  This book is action packed, and has a lot going on. I love the peculiar animals in this book.  I LOVE the photos that go along with the story.  It just makes it seem so &quot;real&quot; to me.  I know I have said this before but I HATE HATE HATE Clowns.  There is one picture in this book, that I had to cover up while I was reading because Clowns TERRIFY me.   I honestly will never, ever, ever understand why people think that clowns are &quot;fun&quot; or &quot;cool&quot;.  No, they are evil. Period.  Okay, anyway, that was probably the creepiest thing about this book.  &quot;Clown Boy&quot;.  Even though he is one of the peculiar, he is the scariest thing to me, because of the photo.  Every time they mention him it sent a chill down my spine.  Clowns are EVIL.  Period. Jacob learns how to use his &quot;talent&quot; a little better in this book, and it's quite interesting.  I love all the things these kids can do.  Although I think floating would probably be the scariest one.  I don't think I would like to feel like I would float away if I wasn't wearing weighted shoes...hehe. The journey these kids go on in this book is non stop.  They never seem to catch a break.  Poor kids.  They are trying to save Miss Peregrine in this book, and lets just say that what happens was like &quot;WHAT&quot;?????  I don't want to ruin it, but I was NOT expecting what happened. I like how they meet other peculiar during their travels.  I am hoping that they will play more of a part in the next book.  Which will not come out soon enough, in my opinion.  I need to remember to NOT read series until they are all out.  It drives me mad.  :).   This book is so interesting.  It's exciting, and action packed.  I enjoyed it from beginning to end.  The only wish I had for this book, was that I wished it was a  little more scary.  The first one had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but this one was more action related, than creepy.  All good things, I just thought it would be creepy as well.  :).
Elle_C More than 1 year ago
Perfection. Riggs' work is so detailed, you are transported into his world. The photographs are both haunting and intriguing. I can't wait until the next book comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel went amazingly well with the first. I could not put it down! The pictures matched the descriptions perfectly and helped to create an image that help me experience the story better. I cannot wait for the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great read and the photos compliment the writing very well! Such amazing squeal!
e_bibliophile More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series as much as the first. I can't wait for the next installment! It is pleasantly magical and action packed.
JBernardo More than 1 year ago
As far as I'm concerned Ransom Riggs is one of the most creative and highly imaginative authors out there. This book was every good as the first and keeps you turning pages to see what new misfortune befalls this group of peculiar children. The addition of the storyline following actual archival photos is genius! His cover photo is haunting as well and his eyes look like he can see what we cannot! A must check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go4Jugular 13 days ago
This is a strong entry for YA literature, but very much written for that level of reader, which is less evident during the first novel (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) than becomes evident in the 2nd (Hollow City) and 3rd (Library of Souls). While the main and supporting characters are not overly complex, neither are they stereotypes or caricatures, and they do develop over the course of the series. For the most part, the vintage photos are entertaining, and they often enhance, for example, the imagining of the characters, but there are times as well when the narrative seems to try a bit too hard to be relevant to a particular image. The plotting can be a bit slow (there are probably two books worth of material expanded to three novels) and while the series comes to a satisfying conclusion, it does so only through deus ex machina to a distracting degree. Overall, the integration of photos into the story is a clever technique, and while underwhelming to an older reader, these books are perfectly appropriate to a YA audience.
Anonymous 28 days ago
I loved this book. And I can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Omg i love this book. Ionly have posetive coments
Anonymous 5 months ago
Please responed
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love this thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it!