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

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Loved this book. Loved the pictures. Especially once I found out that they were real found photos. The concept is amazing and I truly enjoyed the story. ( )
  bookwormteri | Jul 25, 2014 |
What a delicious, creepy, odd and fun thriller/horror/gothic novel for teens. Jacobs is a 16-year old who grew up with his grandfather's fantastical stories of peculiar children: a girl who could levitate, the invisible boy, a boy with bees in his mouth, and the monsters that preyed on them. When his grandfather is found mysteriously killed, Jacob sets off to a mysterious island in Wales to discover the truth about his grandfather's stories.

The story is interspersed with found photographs of odd children, circus freaks, and other oddities. Each of the photos is expertly interwoven into the story, illustrating what is happening. A verycompelling read. ( )
  sylliu | Jul 18, 2014 |
It was odd, but I couldn't put it down ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
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  aweinel | Jul 14, 2014 |
Jacob's grandad always raised him with stories of a magical island of his youth inhabited by magical children with strange powers. But there's no way those stories could be real, could they?

Spoilers, they are.

This is a charming book, I'll give it that. It's interspersed with found pictures that add some colour to the story. The characters are memorable enough and it was fun to read.

I had a problem, though. I knew how it was going to end by about half way in and after that it lost a lot of charm for me. I know, young adult lit and I'm an adult but young adults aren't idiots. They can pick up on clues too. Knowing how it's going to play out isn't a deal breaker, of course, but Jacob seemed determinedly unseeing of the things that are obvious to the reader and we're denied of the 'ah' moment when he catches up with us as the reveal comes from a third party.

I also felt that while the photos often added to the book, on occasion the text was slave to the photos and not the other way around. Out of the blue you'd get this ridiculously clumsy piece of text about Jacob remembering this one time he saw this one photo and then the photo will be there. This is more a problem towards the end of the book, they're more seamlessly integrated towards the start.

I also have some issues as it's basically a time travel scenario and there were a few quirks with that which it would be interesting to see if the author addresses in a later book. (Can they go back into the loop and meet themselves? Can they alter the future? I mean, they could go visit Jacob's grandad and tell him not to do the things he does that set of the entire mess.) ( )
  TPauSilver | Jul 13, 2014 |
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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+
 
Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography — the children of the orphanage were inspired by actual vintage photographs that are sprinkled throughout the book — to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.
 

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Ransom Riggsprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horner, DoogieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGurk, John J.Production managementsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, LaurieAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Sleep is not, death is not;
Who seem to die live.
House you were born in,
Friends of your spring-time,
Old man and young maid,
Day's toil and its Guerdon,
They are all vanishing,
Fleeing to fables,
Cannot be moored.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. Like many of the extraordinary things to come, it involved my grandfather, Abraham Portman.
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I slammed out of the Priest Hole and started walking, heading nowhere in particular. Sometimes you just need to go through a door.
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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Number: 2010942876
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A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.

AN ABANDONED ORPHANAGE.

A STRANGE COLLECTION OF VERY PECULIAR 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 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.
(_debbie_)

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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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