Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Book - 2011
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Read the #1 New York Times best-selling series before it continues in A Map of Days.

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 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted 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.

"A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story."--John Green, New York Times best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars

"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. B+"-- Entertainment Weekly

"'Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies."-- People

"You'll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It's a mystery, and you'll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself."-- Seventeen
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781594744761
1594744769
Branch Call Number: FIC RIGGS

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mayfairlady Feb 08, 2012

this one has 'movie' written all over it!


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no_1_at_all
Apr 06, 2019

I really liked this graphic novel! The book version was a little hard for me to get into, but the graphic novel really explained everything well and the graphics were amazing! I especially love the contrast in the colors when Jacob goes between the loop and the island. 10/10 would recommend!

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kmobuckeye
Feb 16, 2019

An adventurous and action-packed story.

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jk3_0
Feb 13, 2019

a very good, well written book! I loved it!

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zoeythekat
Jan 14, 2019

This book is well written and interesting. I think, over all, it was a very good book, but it wasn't really my "cup of tea."

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nahkiwolf
Jan 03, 2019

Nice style of writing, I liked the discriptions of the rather morbid scenes.

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annaburger
Dec 19, 2018

plot - "historical fantasy" an exciting first look into a fantastkical world

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 05, 2018

The first of three books, a fascinating teen fantasy, made even more interesting by the unique way it began. The author has several friends who collect odd photographs they find at flea markets and antique shops. I mean REALLY odd photographs of floating children, strange costumes, weird looking families, and other oddities. Ransom assembled a group of these pictures and hypothesized that these were really pictures of children with odd powers, collected together at a school on a small island off the coast of Wales in the 1940’s.

When Jacob Portman was young, he was fascinated by his grandfather, Abe Portman. Grandpa Portman told wild stories of fighting the Nazis, being a spy, and performing in circuses. He had a weird collection of photographs which featured strange children. The rest of his family assumed these were all made up, and even Jacob had his doubts – until he saw his Grandpa murdered by a wolf-like creature. Jacob persuades his father to take him on a summer trip to the island of Cairnholm, where his grandfather said he was moved as a refugee when he was 12. There Jacob discovers that the school is still there and that time has stopped for the children his grandfather knew.

This novel is an eerie combination of Brigadoon and Harry Potter, with Nazi bombs and evil adversaries. Clever characterization and sharp writing help keep a meandering plot from becoming confusing. Much better than the movie.

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Einer2
Nov 21, 2018

I can see the movie having appeal but the story is not as compelling as Harry Potter.

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Gwen904
Nov 02, 2018

Creepy, thrilling, and wonderfully written, 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children' was very, very entertaining. And I would've loved it if not for Jacob and his meanness. Like can't a YA main character be nice for once? This book does rise above a lot of other YA, but some parts of it drown in the immense pool of struggling novels. I loved the idea and the premise—what's not to love about a creepy abandoned house with inhabitants who may somehow be still alive—but I didn't love the protagonist or his choices all that much.
So, in conclusion, it's worth a read, but it's definitely disturbing and only for teens and up.

IndyPL_KaseyP Oct 29, 2018

A creepy, interesting, and wholly unique read. Riggs uses found photos in much the way the original Blair Witch Project used found footage. He constructs a narrative where the heroes are complex and vulnerable in an ever shifting world of eldritch horror. Lovecraft eat your heart out.

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pink_flamingo_400
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Gwen904
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Vonnie01
Oct 25, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: descriptive battles

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SashaE
Sep 19, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the polaroid pictures could be a little scary to younger viewers, And also the book is peculiar and mentions things that people may be freaked out by.

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Peep1900
Aug 26, 2016

Coarse Language: Language... P, s, b, son of a b, d, and hell all used multiple times

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eurydice_orpheus
Jan 01, 2015

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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nikkibc
Jun 22, 2014

Sexual Content: A few kisses and mentions of romantic relationships.

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nikkibc
Jun 22, 2014

Violence: Multiple deaths, a few fight scenes with blood.

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AnastasiaRomanuk
May 12, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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jsuddsjr
Feb 08, 2012

Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.

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jsuddsjr
Feb 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Otherworldly creatures with a murderous craving for fresh blood. Final confrontation scenes were fairly intense.

lilmisslibrary Nov 21, 2011

Other: I don't believe there was much swearing at all.

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Smileyfaces
Jun 10, 2019

This was a much better representation of the story than the movie.

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Gwen904
Nov 02, 2018

"Oh no, only *women* are born ymbrynes, and thank heaven for that! Males lack the seriousness of temperament required of persons with such grave responsibilities." - Miss Peregrine

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Gwen904
Nov 02, 2018

"I didn't know you could fry toast," I remarked, to which Kev replied that there wasn't a food he was aware of that couldn't be improved by frying.
- Page 76

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FLY202
Aug 28, 2016

Because we weren't like other people. We were peculiar.

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Peep1900
Aug 26, 2016

I must apologize... It seems I've gone and gotten myself shot.

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vick_y1198
Aug 05, 2016

"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. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss."

black_cobra_252 Jul 20, 2013

“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.”

Red_Cat_370 Mar 25, 2013

"'Just to make sure I understand," I said. 'If today is september third 1940, then tomorrow is... also September third?"'

BookFaerie27 Oct 29, 2012

“Stars, too were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

love2read123 Jul 11, 2012

"Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After."

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Preciouspunk
Jul 08, 2016

A teenage boy realizes his grandfather's crazy 'stories' are true. He meets the peculiar children from the stories and realizes he belongs with them.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Jacob Portman is a typical disaffected upper-class teen drifting through life, but he has a rather atypical grandfather. When Jacob was young, his grandfather told him wild tales of his youth, fighting monsters and living with a group of incredible children on an island in Wales. Stories that Jacob has long since stopped believing...until something terrible happens that sends him searching for the lost island of his grandfather's youth. What Jacob finds will change his life and his understanding of reality forever.

black_cobra_252 Jul 20, 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a very creepy book involving mystery and some action. It is the story of Jacob who grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about peculiar children with supernatural abilities. As he grew up he thought those stories were fake but when his grandfather dies, he sees a monster at the death scene and tries to follow clues his grandfather left him to find the peculiar children and their headmistress, Miss.Peregrine.

Booklover1235 Aug 11, 2012

Jacob llived an ordinary life except the amazing magical stories his grandfather told him of magical children and the monsters. But when his grandfather dies and jacob belives it's the monsters he may find out that his life is way more than ordinary, It's peculiar.

love2read123 Jul 11, 2012

Jacob is just an ordinary teenage boy with an ordinary life. But after a tragic family accident takes place, he begins to find his grandfathers old story's haunting him. He must return to the old home his grandfather lived in as a child and discover the mystery living right within its very walls.

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staceytomasello
Oct 21, 2011

When 15 year old Jacob witnesses the horrific death of his beloved grandfather, all he has left are his cryptic last words and the terrifying image of the beast Jacob is sure killed him. Everyone around Jacob thinks he's gone crazy. When he finds a letter to his grandfather from his old headmistress, he travels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children searching for answers. What he finds is a tiny island filled with drunks and a big old house that was bombed over 70 years ago. Though everyone was rumored to have been killed, Jacob suspects that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children may still be alive.

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