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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A 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
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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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1 . Delightful Story
Posted April 26, 2012 by Karen Sorensen , Algonquin, ILThis is the most delightful story that I have read in a long time. It is a tale for all age groups. I am not going to discuss the content of the book so as not to ruin the experience for the other reader. I will tell you that Jacob, his father, grandfather, psychiatrist, Miss Peregrine, and all her charges are all extremely believable and well written characters. The author has a way of drawing you in to the story, making you feel as if you are right there with them fighting for their lives and to save Miss Peregrine and her peers. I picked up this book on a Saturday afternoon and never put it down. I read it all in one shot because it simply captivated me that much. I am hoping that the author has a sequel coming because there was room left in the story for one. What really got me though was at the end where the author thanks various individuals for their contributions of photographs used in the book as well as display of these photos. Are we supposed to believe that these photos are indeed real and haven't been doctored? Me, I guess I am a believer or I wouldn't be writing this. Hmmmmmmmm.
2 . Great Pecular Children
Posted April 05, 2012 by ginger , northglennEnjoyed the story and characters. The pictures that were randomly picked to go with the story are great. They added to the story and made you feel that it was real. I am looking forward to reading more about the pecular children's adventure.
3 . An ok read
Posted September 24, 2011 by Kelly C. , Shawnee, OKNot a bad read. I was expecting one thing and got another. It reminded me more of a YA novel. The pictures were a neat touch.
June 05, 2011
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