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

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I believe this book is classed as YA, but it was really VERY interesting. The photographs are sometimes creepy, but very cool, & the storyline grabs your attention from the beginning. Jacob is a rather unlikable fellow in the beginning, but he grows on you. It leaves you wanting to know more about his grandfather though, & all of the adventures he had before he settled down to raise a family, or, at least I want to know more. The prelude to the 2nd book, at the back of this one, is a total tease, but yes, it did the job, I'm going to get the new book soon! ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. The added bonus of having a few picture made it even more interesting. Mainly because it is something not often seen in work of fiction. The picture added a little creepiness to the entire story.
Jacob just saw his grand-father die in a mysterious way, is last words were very cryptic and sent Jacob down memory lane, and across the ocean to find the truth behind the fantasy stories his grand-father told him. What he finds will change his life forever ( )
  ct.bergeron | Apr 6, 2014 |
Jacob’s grandfather told wonderful scary stories, of monsters pursuing peculiar children, a secret school where a child who was “different” could be safe, and a mysterious world of magical powers. Young Jacob loved to listen to him until, of course, he grew out of such childish things. But Jacob’s grandfather had a secret, hidden in these tales, and the older boy is filled with compassion and love as he learns this dark history. Then the grandfather dies.

A wonderful story of real-world grief becomes something more, and more haunting, as Jacob heads with his father to an isolated island off the coast of Wales. The scenery, characters and voices are vividly described, and a lonely walk through bogs and fog leads the teen protagonist to some startling surprises. Blending history, mystery, science fiction, and good old-fashioned story-telling, Miss Peregrine takes readers to a world just slightly offset from our own. Filled with great characters, intriguing photographs (which add to, but really aren’t essential to the tale), and genuine dilemmas, this novel combines the real-world depth of the Book Thief with the fantasy of Harry Potter and offers a truly unique, enjoyably thought-provoking, and enticingly original reading experience for teens of all ages.

Disclosure: I waited for the paperback and got it for my birthday. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Apr 4, 2014 |
Great writing style, a little bit of an abrupt ending, but quite enthralling! ( )
  smccrory | Apr 4, 2014 |
Great writing style, a little bit of an abrupt ending, but quite enthralling! ( )
  smccrory | Apr 4, 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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Horner, DoogieDesignersecondary 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.
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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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