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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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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.

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Jun 05,2017

this book is cool although i havnt read it but i did watch the movie and it was cool

Mar 29,2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the first book of three in Ransom Riggs' first book series. It features a collection of photographs that, alongside the story, produce the overall ambience and feel to the book. The story sees a young boy desperately seeking answers after the mysterious death of his grandfather. As a child his grandfather would tell him great tales of magical people, people with powers, special gifts, things that were impossible and what the young boy believed to be just 'stories.' 

Ransom Riggs has created a powerful story, a clever plot with added suspense and ghostly undertones with the assistance of the photographs. It is not what I would consider a scary novel, but merely a chilling, strange story of unusual characters and events. However the written word and choice of literary techniques can be dull, some scenes require much rereading after drifting away from the story completely. Nonetheless, the continuous questioning, the strange occurrences and happenings keep the reader on edge and begin to make them question everything. 

Currently, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is being adapted into a film, premiering September 30th, by director Tim Burton. If you're a believer in reading the book before the film, I highly recommend reading the book first. Make sure to keep the sequel on hand, Hollow City is a necessity to answer all those questions and to continue on the chilling journey of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Apr 10,2015

A friend of my nan recommended this book, but as soon as I got it I doubted I would like it. So as you can imagin I suprised everyone when I read it and LOVED it. I loved how the book was set up with lots of old photos which just made the experiance so much more real to me.I also loved reading about all the peculiar talents, like how Olive floats up to the sky if not tied down or if she is not wearing her heavy shoes and how Emma can make a fire ball with a flick of her wrist and can not be burned I also loved Millard the invisible boy who as the name suggests can not be seen, there are so many more peculiar talents which I love and as the second book shows they are all nessasry for suvival. My favourte scene has to be when Jacob is sitting on the shipwreck with Emma and finds out about something very inportant (which I cant tell you or that would be spoling it). I also quite enjoyed how the romance between Jacob and Emma plays out.

This book has just the right amount of adventure, romance and really just plain spooky-ness.

(the second one is just as good)


Mar 15,2014

When a boy, closer to his grandfather that his parents, finds his grandfather dead in a forest he goes to evenge his killer. Jacob goes to an island that his gradndfather told endless stories about to find a lead. If you finish this book look for the second novel, Hollow City. 

Jan 22,2014

I thought this was a standalone novel, and I was expecting something eerier, but..


I cannot believe these photos came from different collections! Mr Riggs wove them together and made a masterpiece - honestly. Crazy awesome idea, I hope to pursue this series/whatever it is to be... I hope for more (huh, I don't usually say this, but) character development, because they do feel a bit distant, but not in a dreadful way. I can feel the potential for more and muchness, I hope he fulfils it :)

Nov 17,2013

The photos in this are really intriguing and once you've finished the book, you wonder where they came from and the meaning behind them. 

The story was very well structured as it refers back to childhood and the present, the differences between the past and the future. I enjoyed the idea of the loops and the different peculiarities of the children. 

A very different story and one that was completely enjoyable.


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