Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Hardback
by Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar.
They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages, black and white photos throughout
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication Date: 03/06/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost
- ISBN: 9781594744761
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Review by ken1952
A fine fantasy novel, accompanied by eerie photographs, about a teen traumatized by his grandfather's death. His desire to learn the truth about his grandfather's life leads him to an island off Wales where he learns the secrets, wonders and dangers of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Looking forward to the next installment.
Review by auntmarge64
What a treat this book is! Part suspense, part fantasy, and beguilingly unique. A teenage boy (Jacob) finds his grandfather dying - the grandfather who used to tell fantastic stories of his childhood at a strange island orphanage in Wales and illustrate his tales with photos of odd-looking children and descriptions of monsters. The grandfather pleads with him to go to the island, where he'll be safe, whispers some enigmatic phrases and then "I should've told you a long time ago", and dies, and as Jacob copes with his grief, he determines to travel to the island and search out the truth. What he finds will forever change his life.Magical, thrilling, and lovingly illustrated with the photos and letters described in the story. This is one of those books that will appeal to adults and older kids equally, and I'm going to pass it on to my 11- and 20-year old nieces and see what they think.
Review by angelikat
Early ReviewerMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, written by Ranson RiggsThis book starts with the interesting concept of using vintage found photographs to help illustrate the story, and it works out wonderfully. The photographs really help bring key parts of this story along, the story being that of a young man investigating the death of his beloved, if eccentric grandfather. I will not give too much away as I found the story to be a very good one, so good in fact that I finished it in one marathon sitting, I just couldn’t seem to be able to put these peculiar children away until I had traveled with them until the finish. What I will tell you is how these found photographs seem to have been taken specifically for this book rather than parts of the book being written to accommodate the photographs, characters show up in multiple photos but they look similar enough that they very well could be the exact same people at different times of their lives. It truly is a bit spooky. Overall, I highly recommend this book as it is very well written and extremely entertaining without any bogginess or slow chapters, and I only hope this is not the last we see of Miss Peregrine.
Review by arielfl
This seems to be a very polarizing book. People seem to either love it or hate it. Sadly I was on the disappointed side. I won't rehash the plot, there was so little and it seems to be completely raked over in other reviews. The main problem for me was that the pictures were the focus and the story was an after thought. There are places where the author is really reaching to connect the pictures to the story. A secondary problem was that the main character was making out with a girl who made out with his grandfather. Too weird for me. I thought the creepy pictures would facilitate a great story but something got lost in the execution of the book. I didn't connect enough to the characters in the book to want to pursue a sequel. I think it will be enough to leaf through the pictures. By the way, I read this for the R.I.P. challenge currently being held over at Stainless Steel Droppings. You should swing by and check out some of the other reviews as this seems to be a popular challenge choice.
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