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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.
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StormyWolf, May 16, 2013 (view all comments by StormyWolf)
I found this book to be a surprisingly pleasant journey into the unknown realms of our own world. Fans of fringe science, creepy photographs, and paranormal mysteries will no doubt enjoy this book immensely, but I'd also recommend it to those who like YA fantasy or adventure, since this book doesn't necessarily look it on the cover. If you're looking for a book that's a little unique, or dare I say peculiar, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an edge-of-your-seat story that will have you questioning what you know to be real, what is possible, and what might be lurking just out of view.
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buckbooks, March 26, 2013 (view all comments by buckbooks)
A "young adult" novel that will captivate adults, illustrated with unsettling, old-time photos.
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Coralrose, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Coralrose)
I had no idea this would be a story book with pictures - I haven't read one of those in so long! And the fascinating part to me is the pictures are real, taken from different collectors the author has connected with over time. The story is interesting, with a little bit of fantasy, mystery, and enough character development to garner your care for what happens to them. It had a feel of "young adult" fiction, which I've grown past in my years, however I don't mind that so much as long as it's not soaking with melodrama throughout. The end is very open, as if for a sequel, yet not a complete cliffhanger. I appreciated this because I hadn't heard if this would be a multi-parter, and cliffhangers without resolve are infinitely frustrating. (since then I found out it is indeed going to at least have a sequel, yay!) All in all, while I didn't read a whole bunch last year, I would say this was the best book I read in 2012.
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Beverly B, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The best part of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the authentic old photographs. Ransom Riggs creating a story that connects all of the odd photos and odd people in the photos is brilliant. That said, I thought the story was good, but not great. It was tense and scary, but also dragged in parts. The children from the Home were very one dimensional, but the protagonist was a realistic, confused teen on a quest to keep a promise made to his beloved grandfather. I liked how the reader doesn't know until well into the book if it is going to be a ghost story, fantasy or suspense thriller, but the ending was contrived and obviously set up for a sequel.
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ISBN:
9781594744761
Author:
Riggs, Ransom
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Publication Date:
20110607
Binding:
Hardback
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

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"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.

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