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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011,
    352 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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

"Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age. " - Amazon Book of the Month

"An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies." - Library Journal

"Though the author's skill does not always match his ambition - his pacing is particularly uneven - his premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters." - Booklist

"The mysterious photographs add to the bizarre and slightly creepy tone of the book." - School Library Journal

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Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by JeanT
Peculiar Indeed
Although the title and cover information seemed very intriguing, I was never able to connect with the characters and feel a part of the mystical experience presented. The author did not offer enough support for this theme so as to make it credible, unlike the Night Circus which I enjoyed immensely. There were too many questions which remained unexplained or with insufficient development. Overall, I found it a bit disappointing.

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Ransom Riggs is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer living in Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine mental_floss, and writes a blog at ransomriggs.com.

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