Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | September 15, 2014

    Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



    There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$11.95
List price: $17.99
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover

ISBN13: 9781594744761
ISBN10: 1594744769
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $11.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"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 Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns

Review:

"It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale." Library Journal

Review:

"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

Review:

"Peculiar doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies." People

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children — Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, Strange Geographies, can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. This is his first novel.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 44 comments:

SnowRaven, October 28, 2014 (view all comments by SnowRaven)
I'm sure that everyone who sees the cover of the book thinks that this is going to be some sort of horror story. This story is really a fictional, historical thriller that can be very creepy at times, with a hint of fantasy. I know that's a mouthful, but that is the best way I can describe this story without giving anything away. Other than the fact that there is time travel. And romance. And creepy photos. And very weird monsters. Oh, and an old house run by a "peculiar" woman who can shapeshift into a bird. I highly recommend this book, and its sequel! (Personally, I thought the sequel was better than the first!)
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Kathy Conley, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Kathy Conley)
What do you have when you have a class full of high school freshmen eager to hear what happens next? You have Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I've been teaching for 25 years, and for the first time in a long time, my students read ahead of their assignment. They were ARGUING over who got to check out the sequel, Hollow City. Miss Peregrine's has all that kids love--action, foul words, romance, comedy, and to top it off, awesome vintage photos. The kids were on the edge of their seats, anticipating the next thrilling part of the novel. I enjoyed it as well, and I recommend it for teachers who want to get their students engaged in a challenging novel with built-in excitement.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Sheila Deeth, April 4, 2014 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Jacob’s grandfather told wonderful scary stories, of monsters pursuing peculiar children, a secret school where a child who was “different” could be safe, and a mysterious world of magical powers. Young Jacob loved to listen to him until, of course, he grew out of such childish things. But Jacob’s grandfather had a secret, hidden in these tales, and the older boy is filled with compassion and love as he learns this dark history. Then the grandfather dies.

A wonderful story of real-world grief becomes something more, and more haunting, as Jacob heads with his father to an isolated island off the coast of Wales. The scenery, characters and voices are vividly described, and a lonely walk through bogs and fog leads the teen protagonist to some startling surprises. Blending history, mystery, science fiction, and good old-fashioned story-telling, Miss Peregrine takes readers to a world just slightly offset from our own. Filled with great characters, intriguing photographs (which add to, but really aren’t essential to the tale), and genuine dilemmas, this novel combines the real-world depth of the Book Thief with the fantasy of Harry Potter and offers a truly unique, enjoyably thought-provoking, and enticingly original reading experience for teens of all ages.

Disclosure: I waited for the paperback and got it for my birthday.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 44 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594744761
Author:
Riggs, Ransom
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.47 x 5.48 x 1.14 in 1.4 lb
Age Level:
from 14

Other books you might like

  1. In Search of Fatherhood: A Mother... Used Trade Paper $13.95
  2. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Used Trade Paper $6.50

Related Subjects


Children's » Action and Adventure » Adventure Stories
Children's » General
Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Sale Books
Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General
Featured Titles » Bestsellers
Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Literature
Featured Titles » Staff Picks
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Debut Fiction
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Featured Titles
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Locked Case
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Sale Books
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
Science and Mathematics » Materials Science » Textiles
Young Adult » Featured Titles
Young Adult » Fiction » Horror
Young Adult » Fiction » Paranormal
Young Adult » General

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.95 In Stock
Product details 352 pages Quirk Books - English 9781594744761 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story."
"Review" by , "It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."
"Review" by , "An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale."
"Review" by , "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+"
"Review" by , "Peculiar doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.