Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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You could tell that every part of the book was thought out carefully, which resulted in a generally beautiful thing...Jacob didn't have much to him. He was kind of your average Joe, really...Seriously, we need some more depth here...Having said that, the children he meets are brilliantly complex...
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The #1 New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench.

Bonus features
• 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
 

About Ransom Riggs

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Ransom Riggs is the author of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and The Sherlock Holmes Handbook (Quirk Books). Before earning an MFA in film production from the USC school of cinema-television, he worked for several years as a journalist, photographer, and documentary film editor. His award-winning short films have screened at more than 70 film festivals worldwide. Currently developing a number of original feature film projects, he is also a contributing writer and blogger for mental_floss magazine and Mentalfloss.com.
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Quirk Books. 358 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Education & Reference, History, Romance. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 31 2014

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...A trilogy opener both rich and strange, if heavy at the front end.

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Reviewed by bookworm.30999 on Oct 23 2015

To all the readers out there who do not read horror, let me tell you this isn’t horror - it’s more of a thriller. If this was a movie, it would be like jump scares. Things are shocking but not petrifying, and overall the story is amazing.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Rosa.Reader on Nov 11 2014

You could tell that every part of the book was thought out carefully, which resulted in a generally beautiful thing...Jacob didn't have much to him. He was kind of your average Joe, really...Seriously, we need some more depth here...Having said that, the children he meets are brilliantly complex...

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