Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [NOOK Book]

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Sixteen-year-old Jacob, traumatized by his grandfather's sudden, violent death, travels with his father to a remote island off the coast of Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather was sent to live to escape Nazi persecution in Poland. When he arrives, he finds much more than he bargained for: the children from his grandfather's stories are still at the orphanage, living in a time loop in 1940. The monsters that killed Jacob's grandfather are hunting for "peculiar" children, those with special talents, and the group at the orphanage is in danger. Jacob must face the possibility that he, too, has certain traits that the monsters are after and that he is being stalked by adults he trusted. This complex and suspenseful story incorporates eerie photographs of children with seemingly impossible attributes and abilities, many of whom appear as characters in the story. The mysterious photographs add to the bizarre and slightly creepy tone of the book. Jacob is a strong and believable character, though only a few of the secondary characters are fully realized. The pacing of the story is good, alternating action sequences with Jacob's discoveries of his grandfather's long-hidden secrets. Readers will find this book unique and intriguing.—Misti Tidman, formerly at Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY
Publishers Weekly
Riggs's atmospheric first novel concerns 16-year-old Jacob, a tightly wound but otherwise ordinary teenager who is "unusually susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the Creeps, the Willies, and Seeing Things That Aren't Really There." When Jacob's grandfather, Abe, a WWII veteran, is savagely murdered, Jacob has a nervous breakdown, in part because he believes that his grandfather was killed by a monster that only they could see. On his psychiatrist's advice, Jacob and his father travel from their home in Florida to Cairnholm Island off the coast of Wales, which, during the war, housed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Abe, a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, lived there before enlisting, and the mysteries of his life and death lead Jacob back to that institution. Nearly 50 unsettling vintage photographs appear throughout, forming the framework of this dark but empowering tale, as Riggs creates supernatural backstories and identities for those pictured in them (a boy crawling with bees, a girl with untamed hair carrying a chicken). It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters. Ages 12–up. (June)
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“Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life.”—Geeks of Doom

"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

From the Hardcover edition.

ALAN Review - Henry Robinson
A strange "accidental death" in the family and a strange message from his dead grandfather lead the 16-year-old Jacob to a mysterious island off the coast of Wales. When there, he attempts to find the orphanage his grandfather lived in during WWII after escaping Germany. He finds it, old and decrepit in the middle of a bog. When he goes inside, though, he steps into a portal, travelling back in time into a "loop" where the same day repeats over and over but the rest of the world goes on. There he meets the kids his Grandfather grew up with, only they are still no older than 18 or 19. He becomes enamored of the past, instead of the modern world. Follow Jacob as he attempts to find out the truth about these very peculiar children and his own grandfather. Reviewer: Henry Robinson,
Library Journal
Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman no longer believes the stories his grandfather told him when he was a little boy. These are obviously fairy tales about children with mysterious abilities, such as a girl who could levitate and a boy with bees inside him, and not real memories from his grandfather's childhood. Grandpa's sepia-toned photographs of his strange friends also seem fake to Jacob. However, when he gets a chance to visit the island where the stories took place, he can't resist delving into his grandfather's past. Could these odd children really have existed? VERDICT An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Suitable for both adults and a YA audience. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale.—Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Riggs spins a gothic tale of strangely gifted children and the monsters that pursue them from a set of eerie, old trick photographs. The brutal murder of his grandfather and a glimpse of a man with a mouth full of tentacles prompts months of nightmares and psychotherapy for 15-year-old Jacob, followed by a visit to a remote Welsh island where, his grandfather had always claimed, there lived children who could fly, lift boulders and display like weird abilities. The stories turn out to be true—but Jacob discovers that he has unwittingly exposed the sheltered "peculiar spirits" (of which he turns out to be one) and their werefalcon protector to a murderous hollowgast and its shape-changing servant wight. The interspersed photographs—gathered at flea markets and from collectors—nearly all seem to have been created in the late 19th or early 20th centuries and generally feature stone-faced figures, mostly children, in inscrutable costumes and situations. They are seen floating in the air, posing with a disreputable-looking Santa, covered in bees, dressed in rags and kneeling on a bomb, among other surreal images. Though Jacob's overdeveloped back story gives the tale a slow start, the pictures add an eldritch element from the early going, and along with creepy bad guys, the author tucks in suspenseful chases and splashes of gore as he goes. He also whirls a major storm, flying bullets and a time loop into a wild climax that leaves Jacob poised for the sequel. A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end. (Horror/fantasy. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594745133
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Miss Peregrin's Peculiar Children Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 959
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 28 MB
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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Outstanding!

    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.

    262 out of 275 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Riveting

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    196 out of 227 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    A Perfect Read for the Clever, and Creative minded! A Must-Have read for Pool, or Beach!!!

    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....

    163 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!

    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!!!!!!!!!

    104 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Spooky and Fun!

    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!

    63 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

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    A must read!

    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.

    51 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Good read

    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.

    34 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    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?

    32 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Good until the last chapter

    I hate a book with NO ENDING!

    I loved reading this until the last chapter. It had a well thought out story line, but one of the worst endings I've ever read. I was prepared to give this a much higher rating and recommend to others, but it was almost like the author suddenly got bored with his own story telling and threw in a few last minute thoughts and ended it.

    Oh well, scratching Ransom Riggs off of my list of authors to read.

    29 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    A lovely tale that I didn't want to end

    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.

    27 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Extraordinarily Enjoyable

    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.

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    New and interesting!

    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.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Abrupt and Dissapointing Ending

    This book started off interesting and the incorporation of snapshots was a nice touch. However, the story built up and built up to what became a momentous undertaking for the cast of characters only to abruptly end leaving the reader with no idea concerning the outcome of the impending adventure or the livlihood of the characters.

    13 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Good

    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!!!








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    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    I Couldn't put it down!!

    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.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Great page turner!

    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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    I am a 14 year old girl who absolutely LOVES reading. When I lik

    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.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Wow.....me and my 13 yr old agree, best bk of the year

    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.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

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    Interesting read

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Unexpected!

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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