Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Riggs, Ransom

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
A New York Times #1 best seller nbsp; On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks nbsp; Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs nbsp; A mysterious island.

 nbsp; An abandoned orphanage.

 nbsp; A strange collection of very curious photographs.

 nbsp; 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. nbsp; "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 nbsp; "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 nbsp; "'Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies."-- People nbsp; "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
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c 2011.
ISBN: 1594746036
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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1st in the Miss Peregrine series. Added by JCLAmandaH.

Comment by: jclCristaA Apr 28, 2014

Just the right kind of whimsical with a little grit, although I didn't see much action toward the actual plotline until more than halfway through.
I enjoy the unusual, and this book delivered, but the sudden ending was a little unexpected.
I'm still curious enough to check out the sequel "... Read More »

Comment by: JCLHopeH Feb 17, 2014

It was a little spooky and mysterious, and I loved how Riggs worked in the old photographs, even if it did feel forced in spots. It's fun imagining that these children with odd magical talents are among us (or that might even have our own undiscovered talents!), and I enjoyed this version of tim... Read More »

Comment by: JCLHelenH Oct 09, 2013

A teensy bit Rowling’s Harry Potter, a little bit of Grossman’s The Magicians, with a dash of Gabaldon’s Outlander (if she had written for a teen audience), Miss Peregrine is a coming-of-age, family secret, mysterious school story that gives readers wishing to travel in time or live forever somet... Read More »

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Jan 20, 2015
  • staceyb123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found the chapters quite long. However I am excited to see how Tim Burton will be turning this into a movie!

Dec 31, 2014
  • DarcieLouise rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a great book until about half way. Then the mystery and twists became clear and the suspense disappeared. Still worth a read though.

Dec 16, 2014
  • KindianaJones rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book sucked me in from the beginning. Against the backdrop of WWII, the story of Jacob's grandfather's life in an isolated orphanage in Wales contains elements of the mundane and the magical.

Dec 13, 2014
  • jacks_ rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book seemed to promise a haunting atmosphere and a delightfully original premise, but failed to deliver. Riggs is a passable writer, but excels neither at setting a mood nor at building strong characters, nor indeed at writing a story that is consistent and believable. The plot seemed contrived to fit the photographs more than inspired by them, and the characters were both bland and much more juvenile than they should have been.

Nov 28, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was just ok. Slow reading, but it picked up more towards the end. The idea of traveling between loops, that I assume will be explored in the following book, sounds more interesting, but laying down the background of this story and world just was not very compelling. The pictures were a great addition though. I just felt that the story was very juvenile-I kept having to remind myself that Jacob and Emma are 16 year-olds instead of the 12 year-olds that they sounded like.

Overall a banal, boring, poorly written contrivance based on some bizarre photographs. The photographs alone would have made an interesting book. An utter waste of time based on the bait of the photos and a switch to a strained narrative which only leads to the inevitability of another boring sequel. I don't know what the fuss is about. Give it a miss.

This is one of my all time favorite books. The pictures are great and the story is something really amazing!

Oct 05, 2014
  • lsneath rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was overall an okay to good read. Exciting at times, but also started to bore me as I struggled to get through it. I did appreciate the photos and was intrigued by certain aspects of this novel and it's creativity.

Sep 16, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I would have given this book five stars, if it hadn't for the blurb of what it was about. I read this because my book club was also, and was so disinterested in it. It felt so boring, and I feared the rest of the book would be too. Then, something extraordinary happens. I could feel my interest level zoom up a couple notches. I kept reading, with a little more gusto than before, and made myself pay attention to the book. Suddenly, I start getting the creeps (which, for this alone I need to applaud the author for, because he wrote the first ever material I felt was scary), and then BAM! The whole book just became infinitely more great. WOW I was not expecting for that to happen. I was so shocked that I was so caught off guard by the plot twist that I had to stop and take a few moments to pick my jaw up from the floor. I was suddenly so intrigued that I couldn't put the book down. This book was really good, and kept my attention up until the last sentence. I was hanging on every word. Now I'm excited for the sequel and hope I can read it soon.

Sep 05, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I usually flip through a book a little bit before reading it. The first thing that drew me in about this book were the unusual vintage photographs that he used to create this story. Many people felt his use of the photographs was contrived, but I found it intriguing. I looked forward to turning the page to see how he matched up storyline with photographs.

In a nutshell, Jacob's grandfather has been telling him stories his whole life about these mysterious children and the monsters he has been running from. Jacob doesn't take it seriously until an event forces him to look for answers. Towards the end, he figures out how he fits into the whole scheme of things and that, no, he is not crazy.

From the very beginning I was riveted and could not put down the book. I wanted to know if it was all real. Who were these kids? And how did these strange and bizarre photographs fit? I don't usually read books that border on the dark and have an element of horror to them, but I think the photographs kept me reading. I give a 5th star to the author for his creative use of them. Many people are equating this story to that of x-men, but I'm not seeing it. This has more of a 19th century feel to it. The time of the freak shows where the unexplained happened. Others are complaining that the story and writing style are watered down, but I think these people are used to the more dark and dramatized paranormal stories. Watered down once in a while is not a bad thing! Sure, there are a few holes in the story. But this did not keep me from wanting to keep turning the pages to the end.

Would I recommend this book? YES. For ages 16 and up due to language, sexuality, horror, violence and gruesomeness.

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Jan 01, 2015
  • marinersfan33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Sexual Content: A few kisses and mentions of romantic relationships.

Violence: Multiple deaths, a few fight scenes with blood.

May 12, 2012
  • AnastasiaRomanuk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Otherworldly creatures with a murderous craving for fresh blood. Final confrontation scenes were fairly intense.

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.

Nov 21, 2011
  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: I don't believe there was much swearing at all.

Oct 21, 2011
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Coarse Language: Lots of swearing


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Jacob llived an ordinary life except the amazing magical stories his grandfather told him of magical children and the monsters. But when his grandfather dies and jacob belives it's the monsters he may find out that his life is way more than ordinary, It's peculiar.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jacob is just an ordinary teenage boy with an ordinary life. But after a tragic family accident takes place, he begins to find his grandfathers old story's haunting him. He must return to the old home his grandfather lived in as a child and discover the mystery living right within its very walls.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jacob Portman is a typical disaffected upper-class teen drifting through life, but he has a rather atypical grandfather. When Jacob was young, his grandfather told him wild tales of his youth, fighting monsters and living with a group of incredible children on an island in Wales. Stories that Jacob has long since stopped believing...until something terrible happens that sends him searching for the lost island of his grandfather's youth. What Jacob finds will change his life and his understanding of reality forever.

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a very creepy book involving mystery and some action. It is the story of Jacob who grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about peculiar children with supernatural abilities. As he grew up he thought those stories were fake but when his grandfather dies, he sees a monster at the death scene and tries to follow clues his grandfather left him to find the peculiar children and their headmistress, Miss.Peregrine.

Oct 21, 2011
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When 15 year old Jacob witnesses the horrific death of his beloved grandfather, all he has left are his cryptic last words and the terrifying image of the beast Jacob is sure killed him. Everyone around Jacob thinks he's gone crazy. When he finds a letter to his grandfather from his old headmistress, he travels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children searching for answers. What he finds is a tiny island filled with drunks and a big old house that was bombed over 70 years ago. Though everyone was rumored to have been killed, Jacob suspects that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children may still be alive.


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Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After."

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

"'Just to make sure I understand," I said. 'If today is september third 1940, then tomorrow is... also September third?"'

Oct 29, 2012
  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Stars, too were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

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