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Ransom Riggs is a writer and filmmaker. He was born in Marland in 1980 and attended the Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida. He studied English literature at Kenyon College and studied film at the University of Southern California. His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for show more Mental Floss magazine got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film. Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which made The New York Times Best Seller list. One of his other books inspired by old photographs entitled Taking Pictures was published in 2012. Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, also made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (2014) 8,049 copies
Library of Souls (2015) 5,224 copies
A Map of Days (2018) 1,957 copies
Tales of the Peculiar (2016) 1,688 copies
The Conference of the Birds (2020) 1,165 copies
Scatterbrained (2006) — Author — 125 copies
Grad pustoduha (2014) 2 copies
Sabor ptica (2020) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Wonderful O (1957) — Introduction, some editions — 825 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1979-02-03
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Maryland, USA
Places of residence
Maryland, USA
Florida, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Education
Kenyon College (BA ∙ English ∙ 2001)
University of Southern California (film ∙ 2006)
Pine View School for the Gifted
Occupations
young adult writer
filmmaker
blogger
Relationships
Mafi, Tahereh (spouse)
Organizations
MentalFloss.com
Agent
Kate Schafer Testerman (KT Literary)
Short biography
Ransom Riggs (born February 3, 1979) is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Riggs was born in Maryland in 1979 on a 200-year-old farm, and grew up in Florida, where he attended Pine View School for the Gifted. He studied English literature at Kenyon College, where he was a good friend of John Green. He later studied film at the University of Southern California.

His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.

Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which made The New York Times Best Seller list, and was adapted into the 2016 film of the same name.

Another book inspired by old photographs, Talking Pictures, was published by HarperCollins in October 2012.

The second novel in the Miss Peregrine series, Hollow City, was released in January 2014, with the third installment, Library of Souls, following in September 2015. A spin-off book of short stories, Tales of the Peculiar, was released in September 2016. The fourth novel in the series, A Map of Days, was released in October 2018. The fifth novel in the series, The Conference of the Birds, was released in January 2020.

Riggs married author Tahereh Mafi in 2013. They lived in Santa Monica, California and later moved to Irvine, California. Their first child, a daughter, Layla (means "night" in arabic), was born on May, 30, 2017.

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Some good ideas, and parts of it were fun, but it kind of fell apart in the last third. Felt like it lost its inspiration. However, I think the YA audience would enjoy.
 
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prairiemage | 1,136 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
I loved the concept, the characters, and the story... but I didn't feel the ending was appropriate with the rest of the book.
 
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Zmosslady | 1,136 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
Book three continues the Adventures of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, and Ransom Riggs has soon a wonderful job of expanding this Peculiar universe! I absolutely love how the characters are developing. I am so excited to start book 4.
 
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PallanDavid | 135 other reviews | May 12, 2024 |
This was a very interesting book, I never knew what was going to happen next and I certainly did not predict the ending. With all the pictures I really felt like I was being told the story from a friend rather than reading it from a book. I look forward to seeing more books like this, especially from this author.
 
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Popularity
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Rating
3.8
Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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