Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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by Ransom Riggs

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New York Times #1 best seller
On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks
Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island.

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New York Times #1 best seller
On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks
Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs
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.
“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 The Fault in Our Stars
“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. B+”—Entertainment Weekly
“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People
“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

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Since its summer 2011 release, this debut novel has captivated readers with its cleverly spun tale about a troubled 16-year-old boy whose troubles seem to be connected with a very peculiar home for very peculiar children. The fiction's vintage sepia photos only enhance the entrancing supernatural atmosphere of this strikingly original production. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Miss Peregrin's Peculiar Children Series , #1
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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. B+”—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

“Somewhat reminiscent of Jack Finney’s Time and Again, Rigg’s first novel is enchanting…highly recommended.”—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise—a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful.” —Popmatters.com

“Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale.”—Florida Times-Union

“Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious.”—Forces of Geek

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 4.1 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 4601 reviews.
Scott_Steele More than 1 year ago
A great first book. The story is based on a collection of vintage photographs. The pictures are scattered throughout the book and make it more of a multimedia experience. Each of the already creepy photographs have been worked into the story in a way that makes them have an even more bizarre meaning. It's a wonderfully dark fantasy, and I am looking forward to seeing more from this author.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
-mom2one- More than 1 year ago
LOVED!!! Enjoyed, and giggled through out the book, as this was like a piece of paradise that kept me glued to my Nook. Initially was going to purchase this book for a road trip, to read with my 9 year old. BUT, after reading the sample for the Nook Color, (thank you bunches, B&N!) realized two things: 1) this is NOT something I feel age appropriate for a 9 year old (the critics were right on for 12+), and 2)immediately, knew it is absolutely perfect for me. I could not purchase "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" fast enough as the sample hooked me quickly, and left me wanting more of the adventure!! I could not put this down (read every moment I could, including ignoring house hold chores) and am now looking forward to the next book I believe is intended, in the series. A creative, interesting, and fun book. Now...to find another book just as delightful to take on our vacation....
Logan Young More than 1 year ago
If you like harry potter, the humger games, or divergent you will LLLLOOOVVVEEEEE this book!!!!!!!! Its filled with mystery, monsters, and incredible twists!!!!! WHEN DOES THIS SEQUEL COME OUT??????!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
bookmajor More than 1 year ago
I was in a reading slump and needed a new book to get excited about! Author Riggs took odd spooky photos and built a story around them. What a great concept! A young man finds out he has an interesting birthright when his grandpa dies and leaves him a mysterious message. Chills and thrills, but no spoilers! You wont regret trying this one out!
jgmme More than 1 year ago
Its not often that I open a book, read the 1st paragraph then say :Wow!" I said it before and I will say it again, this book has the best opening paragraphs that I have read in along time. It is a phenomenal read. The flow of the writing is superb and smooth, kind of like a fine wine .The story line is imaginative and unique, and the photos just drew me in to the story. This would be a great book for a high school reading list. In fact I gave to my 16 year old son to read and he is enjoying it as much as I did.
Rebecca Kohl More than 1 year ago
It probably wasn't the best idea for me to read this late at night, as some of the pictures were truly terrifying in a sleep deprived state. However, it was a very engrossing book, and I couldn't put it down! The photographs made the story even more involving. What's really cool is that evey one of the pictures are real, vintage photographs. It makes you wonder, how did the photographer come up with these things?
Digital-Ink More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the storyline and appreciated the author's attempt at keeping the dialogue and writing fresh and modern. At times it was very humourous and the characters were believable, though their emotionality and complexity was somewhat underdeveloped. However, the pictures helped the reader start bridging the gap between fantasy and reality, and added to the tone of the novel. The plot was exciting although sometimes predicatable. I definitely would agree that this is an excellent book for young adults.
DCJames More than 1 year ago
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is well written and conjures up splendid visual imagery. The book contains rather unusual vintage photographs of some very peculiar children indeed. The characters are well developed and very likeable. I hope this is the first in a long series about the continuing adventures of these fascinating children. Packed with action, romance, horror, and suspense, this story would also make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book full of new ideas and likeable characters. If you're looking for a fantastic adventure with some scares and a little romance, look no further. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this gem of a book; and, I loved looking at the collection of strange vintage photographs that enhanced the narrative throughout. The editorial reviews explain the opening scenario of this book, what they don't explain is the enchanting originality and wonderful reading experience this book delivers. Part coming-of-age novel, part mystery and part fantasy with historical overtones and some touches of sci-fi horror, this book is one-of-a-kind that will hopefully be followed by others in an ongoing series by this author. The plot is eminently satisfying; the protagonist is funny and completely sympathetic; and, the main characters are extremely well-drawn. This is a unique and entertaining read that I recommend to anyone who likes to read fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book i couldent put it down :( seriously i needed to go to a hospital to pry it out of my hands ... painful Anywho it is kinda creepy but that doest mean dont buy it!!! Also click yes if you want minecraft PE version on nook's
ivyagogo More than 1 year ago
I read this entire book in 24 hours - I simply couldn't put it down. It is such a quirky idea that really, really works and the photos were haunting and beautiful. I can't wait for the next book. Well done.
amaigo More than 1 year ago
I liked the book, but I didn't love it. The first half of the book pulled me in, and kept me riveted to the screen of my Nook. About halfway through, however, the magic, for me, began to wear off. I found many parts predictable, other parts lacking in substance. When I finished this book, I was disappointed by the fact that this story would be a continuance. All in all, it is a book which varies from typical fiction. I did enjoy the characters and their unique characteristics, as well as the comradeship that develops throughout the tale. I would recommend this book to a younger audience, likely between the ages of 11 - 17, who have enjoyed books such as The Olympians series with Percy Jackson.
tarheels More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I passed up this book several times due to the cover. I was on goodreads with a friend and we saw a book trailer for it. If it would not have been for the trailer I would of never given it the time a day. What a fantastic story. What I liked most about it is that its not your typical story. Who would of ever thought to write a story based on different photographs. The characters bring the story alive and you can actually see yourself on the island. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. In fact I have passed it around my work and everyone is enjoying. Put it up you wont be disappointed.
healthierme More than 1 year ago
Peculiarly intoxicating! I want more!!! I highly recommend this to all! Tweens and up. I'm in my forties and I couldn't put it down! Jacob searching for truth made this an adventurous mystery... truthful witty family disfunction and even a little love story all rolled up into one ... not to disappoint this book offers it all! I honestly didn't know what to think when I saw the book online. The girl on the cover was not just peculiar I thought of her as down right creepy and yet I wanted to read this. I enjoy the tv series The Ghost Hunters and needed something to fill my need for a summer read! Peculiar? Haunting is more like it. The real photographs in the book bring the characters to life. I can't wait to see the movie! Please, please say you are working on another continuation making this into a wonderful series!! I miss the children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So unexpected.......couldnt put this book down. My 13 yr old also loves it. Maybe the best read of the yr. Will read again one day and def. Will buy next book?...surely a sequel coming. So excited to share with my little girl aftetr reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a totally different kind of book and was thrilled with it. The old pictures add something unique to the story and there were a few scenes where the included photos made a moment extra creepy or even heartbreaking. I hope there's a sequel in our future.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I've been eyeing Miss Peregrine's for a while now. Every time I'd see it at a bookstore, I'd want to grab it but wasn't sure how I'd like it. It's one of those books that's gotten quite the hype but at the same time there's a lot of people who didn't like it. I quickly skimmed through the synopsis but didn't pay too much attention to it and just dived into it right away.  One of the things that I enjoyed about this book is that it didn't have a prolonged and boring beginning. It was easy to get into and didn't take long to finish. The story is told from Jacob's POV, a 16-year old who doesn't have many friends and is generally unhappy about his lifestyle. As the book progresses, we see him turn into someone who's stronger and can defend himself within a matter of weeks. The story itself is quite strange and I do applaud Ransom for it because I definitely didn't predict anything when I first started reading.  My favourite part of the book would definitely have to be the photographs! At the end of the book, it mentions that all the photos are actual real vintage photos that were collected by these people who would scour flea markets and old shops looking for peculiar photos! How cool is that?   This book was definitely something unique and I enjoyed every bit of it! The only issue I had, which I think is the reason why some people didn't enjoy the book, is that after finishing the book, I went back and read the synopsis again and to be honest, I feel that it is overly exaggerated. It's hard to explain why without giving away the plot, which can't be discussed without spoiling the story. In the synopsis, it mentions that the pictures are "haunting" and that the Peculiar Children are possibly dangerous and have been quarantined. After reading the book, I realize that these words are slightly true but I still wouldn't really consider this book to be a thriller. It falls somewhere in between the YA and Middle Grade genre, so honestly how scary do you think it would be? Not much, as assumed, so if you're going into the book looking for a haunting book, this is not it. This is a paranormal yet it's not life-scarring. So my suggestion would be to ignore the synopsis and ignore the hype and just get into it right away. Enjoy it for what it is because I truly did! Oh and just to show how much I loved it, I ended up picking up Hollow City the moment I finished Miss Peregrine's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 14 year old girl who absolutely LOVES reading. When I like a book, nothing else in my life is going to get done until I finish the book. However, this is one of the few books that I dreaded reading. I had to read this for school this summer, and if it wasn't required, I would not have finished it. The concept of this book is pretty brilliant actually. A young boy moving between two worlds in a novel filled with creepy photographs sounds perfect, right? I thought so, at least. However, the writing was SO POOR that I found myself questioning why this book was a New York Times bestseller, and why John Green, my favorite author, had written a review on how great it was. There were parts of the book that were very good ideas, but with a weak main character and pages on pages without dialog, I highly suggest you don't purchase this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to the end and said... I don't like the ending. My husband knew why: I didn't want it to be over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read online there will be a second book coming out in 2013...the date isn't set yet. So happy the story will continue. Im in my 20's and i loved this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first purchased this book I had really high hopes for it. It seemed like it would have a very strong plot line and a mysterious vibe to it. But honestly, once I started reading it, I thought the book was a little amateur. It was really predictable and didn't have very many twists to it. The thing that bothered me the most was the way the author described the monsters. He explained them as having tentacles coming out of their mouths, and it just seemed extremely cheesy.I could have seen me enjoying this book a lot more when I was younger, but now I couldn't get past how unrealistic it felt. The book was certainly not the thrilling mystery I though it would be. That being said, I still really enjoyed reading it. It is a relatively easy read, and it was a nice break from all of the romance novels. The pictures added a really nice element to the story. Overall I would recommend this book, but be aware that it is not as much of a mystery as it sounds.
Ricochet_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Jacob is in a stalemate with life, financially well-off but bored and lonesome. His best friend is a matter of appearances, and he couldn't get fired from his miserable job to save his life. That is - until his grandfather is killed by something -- something, it seems, only he could see. Thrown into therapy and coping with a detachment from reality, he grieves and isolates himself, going over the mystery spun within his grandfather's last words over and over again - a mystery that seems to repeatedly lead to haunting stories and their accompanying photographs shared with Jacob as a child. When circumstances fall into place, he's finally able to fullfill his grandfather's last wish: find the island, solve my riddle. With a trip across the Atlantic, he finds himself on an island as peculiar as its secret habitants.Wound up in a world he can barely fathom, he becomes encompassed by the ghost of Miss Peregrin's Home - and in his obsession, risks he himself falling amongst the peculiar children. The concept of writing a novel based on a box of estranged photographs is a fantastic idea -- beyond creative. Between the amazing graphic design and fascinating photography, it’s a hardcover must-have. The story is mostly modern-day, but it harbors a faint echo of historical fiction, expecially amongst the culture of a rural-European-village-setting. The writing itself is clever and brilliant, and it reminds me of everything I love about simply bizarre works like A Series of Unfortunate Events and the amusing, and intelligent voice of another one of my favorite authors – John Green (Looking For Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns): complexly simplistic, plainly abstract - speckled with oddly fitting pieces of random information, brilliant wording, and the ability to make even the most mundane things interesting beyond what it has to be. Beyond the writing structure itself, reminiscing what never was is a true talent. Throw in a delightful little mystery (one rather unfortunate in nature), and you have another author’s envy and a new reader’s fascination. Beautifully peculiar and wonderfully strange, the expectations raised by such a new idea are definitely met and the text is perfectly synchronized with the pictures. A new take on everything from time-travel to parallel universes to ghosts to immortality to monsters; this is extraordinary, fascinating, exotic, imaginative, enrapturing, creepy, curious, eerie, unique, and genuinely awesome in one pretty little binding. There’s finally a piece worthy of celebrating oddities. Lost in the middle of the book, in between tense moments, I confess I felt much too “at ease”. When I set the book down in the middle of the night, half-way through, it took me a day and a half to pick it up again. The mysteries of the first half of the novel are generally small, and while clever not overtly engrossing and usually blatantly predictable. For most of the piece, the sub-plot romance between Jacob and Emma lacked a certain level of believability, falling into unconvincing scenes, and clearly lacked the more enamored passion found in YA –but it’s hardly something to criticize, seeing as it’s technically paranormal-fantasy rather than paranormal-romance. I think the positively amazing qualities of this piece outweigh its shortcomings. There were a variety of times when the writing was heart-quickening and spine-tingling, so it definitely has something beyond raw potential. All in all, it's recommended :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I loved every page. The photographs were such a unique addition, and to learn theare real!