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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Ransom Riggs

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Title:Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Authors:Ransom Riggs
Info:Quirk Books (2011), Edition: Book Club, Hardcover, 352 pages
Collections:YA books
Tags:Ransom Riggs, Supernatural, Young Adult, Wales, Monsters, Grandfathers, Nazis, WWII, Photography, Mystery, Adventure, Cairnholm Island

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2011)

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Everything about this book screams Strange, starting with the title, front and back covers, to its title page and its beginning and layout. The text is interspersed with
photographs of unusual people and other occurrences as they are mentioned. 15 year old Jacob has always maintained a special relationship with his grandfather,
whose spooky stories about monsters gave Jacob nightmares when he was a child. Even though no one is the family including Jacob believed the tales, after his
grandfather dies from a brutal mysterious attack in the woods, Jacob convinces his parents to let him trace his grandfather’s enigmatic last words. Jacob and his father
travel to a remote island off Wales, where grandfather was evacuated during World War II after being on a kindertransport from Germany. Tracking down the house
where grandfather lived with other children, Jacob finds it in ruins from a German bomb. After returning to the house several times, Jacob chases a mysterious girl
through an underground cairn and learns his grandfather’s stories may have had some truth.

Even though I was hesitant at first to read this because of its unusual presentation, I kept reading due to its nomination for the 2015-16 California Young Reader Medal
award in the Young Adult category. The story gains power as it continues; I became engrossed in it and am glad I read it to the end. The weaving of fantasy and reality
blend seamlessly; the reader can believe this story could be possible!

E. Goldstein-Erickson
  BHS.Librarians | Sep 25, 2015 |
YA, children's, audiobook
  DonnaPaints | Sep 22, 2015 |
Despite all the hype and rave reviews, this book didn't do much for me. I read it only for my book club and even then, had a hard time finishing. I appreciated the good writing, but the characters and plot were just too peculiar - at times, too downright weird - for me. ( )
  bookwren | Sep 21, 2015 |
Very enjoyable. In the Harry Potter vein. Fun read. Look forward to other books in the series. ( )
  gail616 | Sep 16, 2015 |
RGG: A novel of adolescent self-discovery set in the horror genre. Fascinating, creepy. A great eighth-grade read! Reading Level: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 12, 2015 |
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Boken är knappast ett stilistiskt mästerverk. Dialogerna krystas stundom fram och vissa figurer är lika blodfattiga som de spöken som förföljer dem. Det som gör verket unikt är bilderna
The author’s ability to use the photos to play with the reader’s imagination, while still holding the tension of the plot, is extraordinary. This kind of device can feel like a self-conscious reminder of the authorial hand, but this is not the case in Miss Peregrine’s Home.
In Miss Peregrine’s, a teenager decides to investigate the stories his grandfather told him about an island off the coast of Wales. He finds more than he bargained for, of course, and there are adventures, involving a group of kids with remarkable abilities which are almost, but not quite, entirely similar to mutants from X-Men comics. For a story constructed to make use of a collection of vintage snapshots, it’s impressively cohesive, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with yet another recounting of the hero’s journey from callow youth to manhood. But the book never lives up to its own aesthetic, and the story refuses to get past surface level on the occasional odd idea or intriguing concept. Whatever its faults, Miss Peregrine’s only true sin is that, presentation aside, it isn’t really that peculiar.
added by jimcripps | editAV Club, Zack Handlen (Jun 29, 2011)
Those Creepy Pictures Explained

The idea for Miss Peregrine's Home popped into Ransom Riggs' head when he ran across some sinister-looking vintage photos, which ''suggest stories even though you don't know who the people are or exactly when they were taken.'' As he began writing, he kept searching for images, even combing swap meets and flea markets. ''I was developing the story as I was finding the photos. I'd find a particularly evocative photo and I'd say, 'I need to work this in somehow.' '' Most are reproduced in the novel ''as is,'' but a few have been digitally altered. Riggs says he ended up with more photos than he could use: ''I have a nice big fat backlog for the second book.'' — Keith Staskiewicz

added by kthomp25 | editEntertainment Weekly, Keith Staskiewicz (Jun 24, 2011)
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. This is a novel with ''movie adaptation'' written into its powerful DNA. B+
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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.
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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 who once lived here — one of whom was his own grandfather — were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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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Look! Creepy photos
winding into a story.
Sequel sure to come.
"But those monsters are
Only a story, granddad!"
"Oh, are you so sure?"

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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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