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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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I love the idea: author uses authentic vintage photos and weaves a story around them. The effect of the book relies heavily on the photos (and a few letters) though, without which it wouldn't be as enchanting. There are times when it's like he just pulled that character out of thin air and made up a few requisite sentences or paragraphs of backstory just to support the photo and be able to work it into the narrative. But at least he chose the perfect genre, this mesh of fantasy/surreal/horror, to do it in. It kinda works. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a 2013 Quirk Books publication.

I believe I have been rendered speechless.

‘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 it's guerdon,
They are all vanishing,
Fleeing to fables,
Cannot be moored.’
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather’s fantastical stories, never fully believing them to be true, and eventually outgrowing them altogether, until his grandfather dies, and Jacob witnesses something that day he can’t fully explain, which causes his parents to seek professional help for him.

What Jacob sees on that day, prompts him to dig into his grandfather’s past, which is how he soon discovers ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, and realizes his grandfather’s stories were real after all.

From here the story hinges on the age old good vs evil theme with Jacob fighting off the supernatural ‘Wight’ who is out to find the ‘peculiars’. However, this is, in my opinion, simply the foundation upon which the most important theme is built upon.

Jacob’s ‘coming of age’ is a theme that hinges on the discovery of ‘who we are’ what we want to do or be, our dreams, or our calling, along with other large areas of importance, such as friendship, loyalty, and trust that are mingled in with the fantasy, supernatural, and adventure.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention these incredible photographs and images included in the book. One reason it took me so long to read this book was because I spent so much time looking at the pictures, all of which are authentic. I was amazed by this collection, which greatly contributed to the artistic value of the story.

As most people know, young adult and ‘coming of age’ tales are not my favorite genres, for many reasons, but which books like this one, where the author’s imagination is mind boggling, the appeal is certainly universal.

The story does lag in some places, and the writing is somewhat jarring. It is well written, but it is a style I’m unaccustomed to, which made it slow going in some places. But, other than that, I was buckled in for the ride, and what a ride it was!

The story is dark and haunting, spectacularly creepy, but it's also extraordinary, touching, and entrancing.
This story is still swirling around in my head and will probably stay there for a while, as will those eerily effective photographs!

I’m hooked! I know the whole world has already read this series, but I waffled on it for a time, unsure if its content was for me or not. But, my husband, looking for something for my birthday back in 2016, picked this one up on a whim, probably because of that insane cover and figured it would challenge me, and so it did! It just took me a little time to warm up to the idea.
Hubby did good with this one!!

4 stars
  gpangel | Jun 24, 2017 |
Loved this story. Using the photos as inspiration for the characters was just perfect. I loved just staring at all the old photographs and studying them. I can't wait for the sequel.

It's so easy to fall in love with the children. So uniquely perfect in their own ways.
Love it! ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
i loved it. it was haunting and scary and everything i thought it would be. the ending still left me quite confused but it was an enjoyable read. ( )
  Banoczi_Henrietta | Jun 19, 2017 |
This book is about Jacob, a 16-year-old from a rich family in Florida, looking to untangle them mystery of his Grandfather's last words. On his journey, he stumbles across a world both strange and familiar and filled with unique characters. As this world finds itself under attack, Jake finds that he has to make a difficult - nigh impossible - choice.
The world this book builds is wonderful, unique, and fascinating. It is truly that that draws the reader in, and by the end of the book I wanted to know more about the construction and organization of the world it takes place in. The concept behind the writing of the book - taking characters from old photographs and spinning their stories together into something magnificent - was great. The story does this very well, even if the characters are as two-dimensional as the photographs they spring from. The narration has a lot of personality to make up for this, however, and very well conveys the thought process of a 16-year-old boy uncomfortable with his place in life.
Overall, I thought this book had a lot of potential. As such, I expected a lot from it and was underwhelmed by it.
I would say this book is appropriate for middle-through-high school. Moderate violence, no graphic sex, minimal graphic language. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 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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