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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

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ANew York Times#1 best seller

Includes an excerpt from the much-anticipated sequel and an interview with author Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious 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 e
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Quirk Books
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Let me tell you a secret, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is actually:

(I don't think what follows is a spoiler, but am marking it as such anyway as some people think it is.)

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Rarely do I come across a book that is as far from what it aspires
Christine Riccio
Really enjoyed this!! Here's my booktalk! Can't wait to read Hollow City =D
Jan 09, 2016 Zoë rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edit on January 9th, 2016: I haven't thought about this book since I read it in July and I really have no interest anymore in reading the rest of the series.
It definitely was a slow moving book, but the plot really held my attention and I loved the use of the pictures. Sometimes I felt like he tried a little too hard to make the pictures perfectly fit into the story which made it a little awkward to read, but they still made the reading experience more interesting. The book really rea
Crystal Starr Light
Looks can be deceiving

Who hasn't seen this creepy book, lurking proudly in the "New Releases" section? It practically SCREAMS Halloween--a nice, delightful scare that makes you lock your doors tighter, leave on the nightlight, and snuggle deeply under your covers. doesn't.

Sure, the girl looks REALLY creepy on the cover and many of the back images are enough to give you the eebie jeebies, but NOTHING that remotely scary EVER occurs within these pages. Okay, maybe the very first scene, wh
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention for the way it incorporates unusual antique photographs into the narrative. The premise: Jacob grew up on his grandfather’s stories about his own childhood during World War II. Supposedly his grandfather escaped the Holocaust by taking refuge on a Welsh island, at an orphanage that catered to children with strange powers. The grandfather even has photos to prove it. As Jacob grows up, he loses faith in his grandfather, and assumes the s ...more
Emily May
When I was a child, one of my favourite things to do was to look through pictures in books - children's picture books, colouring books, etc. - and tell stories in my mind with them.

For example, a picture of two children holding hands would start this story of friendship, which would then grow with every picture, introducing grander stories and dragons, unicorns, whatever the pictures gave me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reminds me of that.

This story, for me, feels completely disj
Khanh (the Grinch)
This is just one of those books whose hype I don't really "get." I read this years ago when it was newly released, and was thoroughly unimpressed. Upon my second reading of this book, my opinion remains unchanged.

A few creepy pictures and some weird people do not a horror tale make, and honestly, that's all the story is. It's a book about stories, and too much attention is focused on the telling of those stories instead of developing the actual plot. As a result, the tale fell flat for me. It wa
Mar 26, 2012 Wigs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't even.

The poor execution of a good idea is just so upsetting to me.

The main problem with this book is that the entire time I was reading I felt like a high school English teacher grading a student's paper, when in fact I am not a teacher or anyone who majored in English or writing. If I am simply a normal reader thinking this, then who the hell was working as the editor?? Did they not bring up these issues? Clearly the several people the author listed in his acknowledgements couldn't have
Jul 27, 2011 Giselle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This book started with a bang. It was very creepy, exciting and really intriguing, but it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explained - which was fairly early and without any nuance - it became a very boring and almost childish story, which I didn't expect at all.

One thing I can say I enjoyed was the photographs- they're scattered throughout the book, all black and white and remarkably creepy. They add a nice eery touch to the story and gives it a really unique
Lola  Reviewer

Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children is no horror story.

This is precisely why I decided to give this book a go. Horror is my never-go-near genre. It represents for me what Lord Voldemort represents for the students of Hogwarts: infinite nightmares. So when I read that this bestseller steers clear of the nightmarish stuff, I couldn’t have been happier.

No creepy, eerie, ominous atmosphere. When you do sense a bit of that, 1- it never lasts too long and 2- it feels so forced that it ends u
This is kinda like uh...a hipster Harry Potter. Not a bad thing! I liked it a lot. There are tons of cool vintage photographs that lend the air of a turn of the century freak show. I loved the world and the vibe though.
Oct 10, 2011 Annalisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Barnes and Noble
2.5 stars

Have you ever played that game where one person starts a story and stops mid-sentence and the next person in the circle has to pick up the story? That's how reading this book felt, only instead of jumping from disjointed person to person, it jumps from disjointed photograph to photograph.

Too bad because it started off fantastic. I loved the writing, the humorous way Riggs has with descriptions, and the old-fashion carny photos were a nice touch. I especially loved the analogy of an orph
Dec 11, 2011 Caris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
Who the fuck is supposed to read this book? I demand you tell me. Immediately.

Kids? With all the incest reference and foul fucking language?

Teens? With all the PG kissing and full-coverage bathing suits?

Adults? With that sadly patched together plot, forged too heavily from the vintage photos the author decided to include?

This is a book for babies. Goddamned babies. Screaming, bloody, cooing, fresh-from-the-womb babies.

Because, really, what this book has to offer is a bunch of cool-looking black
Mohammed Arabey
Jun 03, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هل تستهويك تلك الصور الغريبة..الرهيبة..الأبيض والأسود غالبا ذات الطابع المقبض؟

بالأخص التي بها أطفال؟؟..تلك التي صورت وقت كان الأمر مكلفا بحق مما يجعلك تفكر, لماذا؟

هل اعجبتك فكرة روايات المدارس التي تضم أولئك الذين ولدوا بقدرات خارقة..او سحرية؟

حسنا،أنس كل ماسبق ..وأهلا بك في عالم بيت الأنسة بيرجريني للأطفال الغرباء
قبل أن يلون تيم بورتون هذا العالم بشكل مختلف

If you're into creepy old photos, specially those with children, you know..when Taking pictures was really too expensive to just take a creep
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Seeing this book when I entered the bookstore one time, the peculiar cover truly piqued my curiosity. I didn't buy it that instant though or the time after that and the time after that. Although it was on my "to-read list", I wasn't a big fan of supernatural stories (this is what I assumed the story to be about) and so reading this wasn't one of my top priorities. I knew I had to read it some point in time to finally cross it off the list and when I heard about the Ransom's book signing, I knew ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Every so often a book comes along that is pure magic, and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is one such book. Part fantasy, part adventure, part eccentric photo collection, this is a story that will enthrall and enchant teens and adults.
Jacob is the sixteen year old narrator, and he is intelligent, funny, realistic and perceptive. He is very close to his secretive grandfather, who used to tell him fantastic tales of his youth, and the children's home where he grew up. These tales wer
Darth J
So I bought the trilogy in hardcover at B&N, hoping to dive into this series head first. It came with a bunch of cards:

So I'm a little disappointed that the cover of the book doesn't match up with the tone for much of it. It was written too modern and I felt like it was a mismatch to have such classic photography throughout. I kept looking back to the cover while reading like:

Second most of the characters are just plain boring. Jacob has the gift of seeing monsters... lame. He's a pretty fla
WARNING: This review may contain excessive (and possibly incorrect) use of the Welsh language. Diolch.

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Woaaah. Also, the sequel is going to be bendigedig!

High Points.
TERRIFYING. Originality. Kick-ass taids! Creepy but adorable children. Fairy tales… or are they? WW11. Cymru. Culture and heritage. Time-travel. Crumbling old houses. League of Gentlemen-esque locals. Ghosts, spooks and fire-throwers, OH MY. And, my favourite part of this book, the beautiful photos. Looki
Reading Corner
I still have mixed feelings about this book and I can't really make my mind up on the rating so I've decided on 3 stars.The book was sort of all over the place and gives a false image.I naively presumed that the novel would be creepy from it's cover and title but it definitely wasn't.Although,the pictures themselves appear creepy and sinister, the story is not.

For me,the pictures were the best part as they're gripping and alluring but the story is awkwardly written around them and most of the pi
J.L.   Sutton
Mar 24, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery begets mystery as the world of Miss Peregrine and her orphanage for peculiar children takes shadowy shape. I was immediately intrigued by how the story unfolds (through vintage photographs). The atmosphere works nicely with our protagonist's search for answers on a remote island off the coast of Wales where most of the action takes place. After a beginning (which quickly drew me in), it took some time for me to get caught up in the story again. It was a fun read. The ending left plenty o ...more
Stefan Yates
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an entertaining, different and very well-put-together novel and an all-around great introduction to a new author. The story is a sort-of Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy all rolled into one and is told to great effect using mostly authentic old photographs to supplement the story by providing amazing visuals of the "peculiar" people and events of the story. It makes me wonder if the author created his story to fit the photos that he and other collecto ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a beautiful work of art and the first novel by Ransom Riggs. Sadly, I didn’t love it nearly as much as I wanted to, and am still feeling conflicted by it.

What this book has going for it is that it is strikingly beautiful. The cover features a super creepy old black and white photo of a levitating little girl, the title printed in a lovely font, and doodles which are reminiscent of tombstone art from Victorian era cemeteries. Inside, this book is ju
Jun 15, 2016 Taneika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
Tossing up between 3 or 3.5 stars for this. It was enjoyable however I found it super predictable (totally called the bad guy too)
Jan 27, 2015 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book was brilliant and unique!

I was hesitant to read it as I'd heard it was slow and boring but I didn't think that at all! The story was completely gripping and I got lost in the book.

My favourite thing about this book has to be the use of photos as it made it all feel so real! The concept was fantastic and I fell in love with the writing style straight away! The characters were all incredible and I couldn't help but fall in love with them all, they're just so fascinating
Gabriela Silva
Mar 18, 2016 Gabriela Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

I'm SOOO glad I took the time to read it. The characters are brilliant and the story itself was different, mysterious, and exciting! Not as scary as I thought it was.
Love how the photographs and the story connect with each other. I'm just disappointed with the peculiarity of Jacob :/
Still, it's a peculiar book.
Jun 25, 2015 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one! Carried on straight into Hollow City
Visually this book is easily 5 stars, but in reality it is like a beautiful airheaded woman.

The photography is amazing especially considering it is real, but the plot is weak.

This book sold itself as a creepy, quirky ride, but sadly it never reached the heebie jeebie level it promised. The photographs while beautiful and odd were used as too much of a crutch within the book, depended on too much. Instead of being supplemental to the plot, they were the only glue holding the rest of it all toge
Aug 21, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: Highly recommend this book.
Wow! What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. The old adage don't judge a book by it's cover is definitely pertinent for this book. When I first saw the cover I thought, I don't want to read that book it is probably some creepy, horror story. You do have to admit the cover is a little disturbing, Then I started seeing all to the positive reviews and thought I would give it a whirl. I am so glad I did. The story was so creative and different. I t
Nov 17, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
I am a bit puzzled by the negative reviews of this book but everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion and we all look for different things in what we read. Maybe I was in the right frame of mind for this book. First off, I appreciated the wit and heart of this story. Some of the one liners were laugh out loud funny. The photos were fascinating and I looked forward to each new one. AS for the story, I am not really giving away anything to tell you that this is obviously the first installmen ...more
Mar 06, 2016 P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

I don't believe I like this book so much ! Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, the title is too long I call it Miss P, is a book that I didn't expect anything at all the first time I read. Those photos are creepy, I didn't even want to start reading. Oh my poor heart ! Why does this book have to have those scary portraits in it ? I'm very scared of
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I grew up in Florida, went to Kenyon College in Ohio, then film school at USC in LA, where I still live. I write books and screenplays, blog daily for, and make short films.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is my first novel. I'm really excited about it -- it was challenging and rewarding and I hope people like it. If you read that and like the found photographs in it, y
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