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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (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:Your library

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Loved it! the imagination of Ransom Riggs for the sinister photos combined with the gripping story of Jacob and the "sudden" death of his grandfather which leads him on a quest to find out why pulls you in at every moment. great read! ( )
  D021310295 | Apr 21, 2017 |
After witnessing the eerie passing of his grandfather who always told stories of the children at Miss Peregrine's home, Jacob goes on an adventure to the island where his grandfather found safety during WWII and where these children "once lived." On this island, he finds that the children of his grandfather's stories are still alive. Through his interactions with these mysterious children, Jacob learns more about his grandfather and his childhood. On this adventure with his dad, he tries to prove that the stories his grandfather told were in fact true. He lives in the looped day that Mrs. Peregrine has created. The children have not aged and Jake has begun to have feelings for Emma, an ex-girlfriend of his grandfather. Throughout the story, Jacob feels as if he is being followed by monsters that only he can see. What will happen with Jacob and Emma? Will the loop remain?

The story was told with words as well as through the bizarre photographs. Sometimes it felt like the story was thrown together around the pictures. Although I wanted to enjoy this book, I couldn't get lost in it. I had a difficult time staying engaged.

Recommended for Middle School/High School due to language and situations. ( )
  SraSpoer | Apr 18, 2017 |
I've always wanted to write a book that has a starting point an old photograph. Ransom Riggs has done so and made an excellent story out of it. ( )
  Deborahrs | Apr 15, 2017 |
For me, the best part of the book was the beginning when everything was a mystery. I loved all those pictures of the children that Jacobs grandfather showed him. How he first believed his grandfather's stories and about the monsters and then as he grew up lost faith in them. And WHAM: Suddenly Jacobs grandfather is murdered and he sees a monster and he travelers to an island to find out the real story. That was the best part. The rest finding all the peculiar children and the Bird and hooking up with Emma (his grandfather's ex, a bit weird) and saving them all and deciding to stay, well it was good, but not as interesting to read as the beginning. The beginning didn’t feel like YA, the rest of the book felt much more YA.

Still it was a good book. My younger self would probably have loved it. And I will read the next book as soon as I have time for it!
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  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
When Jacob's grandfather dies off unnatural and suspicious causes, he decided to look into his grandfather's stories about the place that he grew up; Miss Peregrine's Home for peculiar children. Upon visiting, he discover the children are peculiar because they have super powers. Will Jacob prove the cause of his grandfather's death or will it remain a mystery? This book is great for upper elementary students who want to read books that are not the norm. This story displays the themes of courage, role models, ad the supernatural. ( )
  AshlynWilliams | Mar 22, 2017 |
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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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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?"
Wildly inventive
tale based on peculiar
vintage photographs.

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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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