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

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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
Authors: Riggs, Ransom
Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c 2011.
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Local Note: Core Youth.
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ISBN: 1594746036
Statement of Responsibility: by Ransom Riggs
Subject Headings: Detective and mystery stories Young adult literature. Islands Young adult fiction. Orphanages Young adult fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Detective and mystery stories
LCCN: 2010942876
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List - Upcoming Books to Movies by: JCLAmyF Aug 08, 2014

No release date yet. Tim Burton!! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935859

List - JoCoLibraryPRL 10117 by: JoCoLibraryPRL Jul 03, 2014

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

Comment by: CristaTheClerk 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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It must be a good book, I'm 17th in line!!!!!!

Jul 25, 2014
  • LT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


Jul 17, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Started off really interesting and unique, but got really boring fast. Not sure what the hype is about.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book lives up to it's name!
The whole book is peculiar, even the way it's set out with the old photos.
I really enjoyed this book, it's quiet unique.

An amazing book that will actually make you feel like your there with the children. An awesome read

Jul 09, 2014
  • marlenetee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. Interesting premise. Got a bit bored toward the end and had to fight to finish it.

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

This was a great book! A lot of mystery and eerieness! Creepy and cool! Definitely a must read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • rotondim rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this for a book club. I was interested in the photographs in the book but the story was not very well written.

Jul 08, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first few chapters were awesome. The author set up the tone of the book really nicely and by the time Jacob discovered the house I was very much excited and thinking of many ways the book could go on. Unfortunately, it didn't exactly play out as I had hoped which would be fine, as long as the path taken is also just as interesting. That was not the case and soon after throughout the book I couldn't invest the same energy and feelings into a book that well...kinda bored me. It's the same feeling I had when I tried to read The Percy Jackson Series. It just felt like it'd be read and enjoyed by a much younger audience.

My suggestion is if you want to read a book with kids staying at a place which is frozen in time read "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. It's an amazing read with a darker, creepier setting. Plus there's drawings!

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Right here is why I will always love books and never fully give in to those e-reader thingies.

Touch this book. Go ahead. Open it up, crack the binding a little, and stroke a page. Oh Yeah. Smooth, right? Not a gloss really but there is a coating to it. Definitely not a matte. Could be a creamwove or even copier paper. Rub your thumb up and down a page. Uh huh... you got it.

That---and the photos. I've always derived a perverse pleasure in carnie folk and all things carnie. (Remember, I'm that rubber-necker type.) Well, stick some outlandish ancient photographs in front of me and watch me get my freak on. It's like a delusional 20yr old and Bieber-fever. Maybe this is Rigg's schtick. Seems that everyone has one these days. I'm not complaining, they had me at the paper, remember? These photographs that the narrative revolves around are creepy fun. Little boys dressed up in Gacy clown costumes feeding each other ribbon? Sad little boy in bunny suit sitting on a walkway? Gothy Girl, Tim Burton fan carrying a chicken? I am so there.

And the story ain't bad neither.

Jacob loves his grandfather and his grandfather's stories about "life in the Welsh Childrens home. It was an enchanted place, he said, designed to keep kids safe from the monsters, on an island where the sun shined every day and nobody ever got sick or dies. Everyone lived together in a big house that was protected by a wise old bird--or so the story went."

Hello?? Sign me up! He talks of levitating girls and invisible boys, children with mouths on the back of their head and girls who create fire with her hand. All living happily tucked away from the monsters.

Until one of the monsters kills his grandfather. Jacob, of course, is the only witness to this and bears his beloved granddad's last words:

"There's no time," he whispered. Then he raised his head off the ground, trembling with the effort, and breathed into my ear: 'Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940.' I nodded but he could see that I didn't understand. With his last bit of strength, he added, "Emerson--the letter. Them them what happened, Yakob."

Now this--THIS is what I was hoping The Forgetting Room would be like. This is the creepiness that I wanted from The Night Strangers. THANK YOU.

Jacob convinces his parents and his shrink (you don't think a kid like this needs a shrink?)that he must go to the island, to deal with his grandfather's death. He finds the house, ruined, and learns that on September 3, 1940 a bomb fell on it and killed everyone. Everyone but one boy who went off to fight the monsters.

Jacob's journey is far from over, but I will leave you to find out. If I had known (which is really REALLY surprising since it was a NY Times Bestseller this year) I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much. And we all need joy, right?

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

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

Sexual Content: Lots of this

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
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing


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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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