The #1 New York Times best-selling series.
• Q&A with author Ransom Riggs
• Eight pages of color stills from the film
• Sneak preview of Hollow City, the next novel in the series
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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in novelist Ransom Riggs’ wildly successful YA series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a thrilling rollercoaster ride with a few detours through a legitimately creepy haunted house. (Fittingly, Tim Burton is directing the movie version, out in fall 2016.) Jacob’s life as a seemingly ordinary teenager is shattered when a dark family secret emerges and sends him on a life-altering adventure, complete with monsters, heartbreak, and, yes, some very peculiar children. It’s a deliciously spooky and relentlessly exciting story that left us totally hooked.
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.
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Didn’t hit me like other books have, but still good. Would recommend but still not my favorite.
Unique premise that will steal your heart
The House in the Cerulean Sea + Back to the Future + Groundhog Day + The Diary of Anne Frank
Jacob Portman grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories. Some were horrific, with his family being hunted by the Nazis. Some were fantastical, like the island of peculiar children where he went when he was saved. Peculiar, like the boy that had bees living inside of him. All had pictures to go with it. As he grows up, Jacob starts to think the photos are doctored and the stories are just stories. What will it take for him to believe?
I hear people use the phrase “felt like I was coming home” a lot. That’s the best way I can describe a lot of the books I reread. There’s something so comforting about the book--from the cover to the characters, and in this book, the photos. If you go to Ransom’s IG, he did a fantabulous live last Friday, where he gave us the original ideas (it was originally going to be an illustrated poetry book, like Amphigorey). Again, I can’t praise this book enough. Not only are the characters and world extremely well-fleshed out, but Ransom has done a totally unique thing by shaping his story around old vintage photos he found. I’m extremely sad that just as I’m coming back to the series, the final book comes out next month.
Buy this book for yourself or someone looking to get lost in time. If you’re twisted, get it for someone who says pictures are for kids’ books.
I couldn’t get enough of it and got so into it the second I started reading the books.