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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

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 aband
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Quirk
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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
Jul 14, 2015 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this!! Here's my booktalk! Can't wait to read Hollow City =D
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Jan 09, 2016 Zoë (readbyzoe) rated it liked it
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
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
Oct 10, 2015 Emily May rated it it was ok
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
Jul 27, 2011 Giselle rated it it was ok
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
Mar 26, 2012 Wigs rated it it was ok
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
May 12, 2015 Felicia rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Dec 11, 2011 Caris rated it liked it
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
Jun 13, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 11, 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

If you're into creepy old photos, specially those with children, you know..when Taking pictures was really too expensive to just take a creepy ones..

And If you're into the theme of Sc
Stefan Yates
Dec 17, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jun 25, 2015 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! Carried on straight into Hollow City
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
Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
Jul 18, 2011 Laura (Booksforbreakfast) rated it it was amazing
This book was different and interesting. I'm so glad I can finally read and watch reviews on it so I don't spoil myself. ;] The beginning of this book was great, and the early middle (does that make sense?) was a little boring, but the ending was spectacular! The perfect amount of suspense and action.

The main character named Jacob who has a strong bond with his grandfather. He's been told these fairy tales about an orphanage he used to live at. Something happens to his grandfather and he is lef
Oct 26, 2011 Bry rated it it was ok
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 19, 2015 Etnik marked it as to-read

I have been wanting to read this for a long time now.Is it worth it?I need feedback.

Jun 25, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it
Peculiar indeed...

The title and the cover decided things for me, and between the two of those, I was half convinced this would read like one of those YA historicals ala-Vixen or Luxe (given the cover) or one of those Series of Unfortunate Tales (given the title.) Wrong on both counts.

The Good:

Pictures. Everything Jacob said when describing those portraits were accurate: creepy, formal and yeah, creepy. They remind me of my grandparent's portraits hung in the house my mother grew up in. Both tho
Nov 17, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandy K
Jun 07, 2015 Mandy K rated it it was amazing
I went into this book totally blind; I had no idea what this book was about. I could tell by the title that it would be a bit spooky, and that was enough for me. I am so glad that I did pick this up. First off, if you don't already know, Miss Peregrine's is laced throughout with vintage photos to help illustrate the story. I absolutely loved this, and it really added another level to the story. When I was younger, we used to try and make up background stories for old pictures, or for strangers o ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Technically I am giving this 4 1/2 stars for minor editing flaws. The worst example is referring to "Billy" when there is no Billy in the book anytime before or after.

Having that out of the way, we discovered the book quite by accident only to learn that it is already soring up the book charts and has a movie contract. I say "we" because this was a summer read-aloud that I shared with my husband. It was great fun to read, comment, and speculate about the events, and pass it over to share the pic

A story that seems somewhat young and incompletely conceived, perhaps one might say, odd. Unfortunately, I had to return the ebook reader (a trial to see if I'm the ereading type), so my concerns are from memory of a brisk read. Frankly, the story is a little messy. The idea of stories from photographs is wonderful; the trouble is that such old photos are better integrated with another age, not a modern one. Just imagine, if Houdini had a Vegas act now: it would fold within weeks on an
Aslı Dağlı
Aug 10, 2015 Aslı Dağlı rated it it was amazing
Bir çeviri daha bitti!

Kitaba dair söylenecek o kadar söz var ki hangisine önce başlayacağımı bilemiyorum. Heyecan doluydu, eğlenceliydi ama en önemlisi baştan çıkaracak kadar "tuhaftı". Hem tuhaf hem büyüleyiciydi. Başından sonuna kadar film havasında ilerleyen 352 sayfa çoğu zaman gözlerimin yuvalarından düşmesine neden oldu ama en en en dehşete düşürücüsü kesinlikle son elli sayfaydı. Elim ayağım dolandı çevirirken; çeviriyi bırakıp kitabı okumamak için kendimi zor tuttum. Öte yandan öylesine
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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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