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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ransom Riggs
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New York Times #1 best seller
 
On the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 52 consecutive weeks
 
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 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


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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.

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"This peculiar parable is pure perfection."--"Justine "magazine "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 "Looking for Alaska" and "Paper Towns" "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" "[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs."--"USA Today Pop Candy""Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.""--CNN "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 ""Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story."--Associated Press "Got a tweener child with a taste for creepy horror and time-travel stories? Send them "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.""--McClatchy Wire Service "It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."-- "Publishers Weekly""""An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale."--"Library Journal" "His premise is clever, and Jacob and the children are intriguing characters."--"Booklist" "Readers will find this book unique and intriguing."-- "School Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 33332 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1st edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744761
  • ASIN: B004FGMDOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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767 of 811 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very intriguing series of peculiar events May 1, 2011
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To be honest, when I first started reading "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" I expected a haunting thriller, full of horror and danger. That is not what this book is. Instead, this book is fantasy/adventure combined with a very unique style of photography, which made the book better than I ever thought it would be.

Story - Jacob Portman desires an adventurous life, much like the life his grandfather describes to him in various stories. However, when Jacob realizes that he can never have an adventurous life, he just tries to be normal and fit in. He's not popular or extremely smart, and there doesn't seem to be anything unusual about him at all; but when his grandfather dies and leaves Jacob a cryptic message, Jacob is sent on a hunt to find his grandfather's past and ends up traveling all the way to Wales. Once there, Jacob discovers much more than he ever could have imagined about his grandfather and is thrown into the midst of a very peculiar situation.

Writing Style - If I had to compare Ransom Riggs to any other author, I would have to compare him to Lemony Snicket. In fact, this entire book reminded me very much of Mr. Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books. Don't get me wrong, Riggs did not steal Lemony Snicket's writing style at all, but Riggs just simply reminded me of him, which is a positive since I pretty much love anything that Snicket touches.
Something else that I feel Riggs did superbly was explain the detail of everything in the story. Even without the occasional photographs of people and things in the story, I was able to visualize the locations and details because of the fantastic descriptions.
Now, as for the photographs, they added a whole new dimension to the story.
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1,100 of 1,175 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good for Kindle June 25, 2011
By Jodi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story is amazing. However, the book is peppered with hand written letters and amazing vintage photographs which are hard to see and impossible to read on the Kindle. Purchasing this book in hard copy is the only way to go.
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318 of 356 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and poignant May 18, 2011
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When I first heard of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs with its intriguing title, cover, and premise, I was immediately smitten. I love odd books and this one seemed unique in every way. I'm very glad to report that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was so enthralling that it overcame jet lag from a 10-hour plane ride - I just had to read to the end!

Jacob has always been in awe of his colorful Grandpa Portman, who told him stories about his fabled childhood in a faraway island where he lived in order to hide from monsters. Jacob first believed in his grandfather's extraordinary tales of his friends, strange orphans with magical abilities, especially since his grandfather had photographs as proof of their existence. However, as he grew older, Jacob began to doubt that the stories, the orphans, or the photographs, were real...until his grandfather's cryptic last words and a letter from a mysterious Miss Peregrine spur Jacob to search for his grandfather's childhood home, which turns out to be in a small island off the coast of Wales. What he finds there is completely unexpected.

"The trees parted like a curtain and suddenly there it was, cloaked in fog, looming atop a weed-choked hill. The house. I understood at once why the boys had refused to come.

"My grandfather had described it a hundred times, but in his stories, the house was always a bright, happy place---big and rambling, yes but full of light and laughter. What stood before me now was no refuge from monsters, but a monster itself, staring down from its perch with vacant hunger.
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93 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not a great book on the Kindle? July 13, 2011
By RINA
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book. The premise is really charming, and the boy Jacob is such a lovely character. I also loved the idea of a story based upon found photography. I read this book on my Kindle, and I want to say up front that I adore my Kindle. BUT, I'm not sure that this book works in the electronic format. I could not see any detail in the photographs, which was so disappointing. Also, without giving away anything, there is a note written at the very end by a key character, which I could not read as it was placed in the book as a photograph. So, that being said, my guess is that I missed a great deal from this book that might have helped me enjoy it more. I also would like to say that I found the 1st half of the book far more enjoyable than the 2nd half. Mr. Riggs seems to lose some focus toward the end, arbitrarily wrapping things up as though he's run out of things to say. Lastly, THE ENDING, which is the reason for my two star rating. I found the end so unsatisfying that I didn't even know I was at the end! I turned the page expecting more book! I realize that the current economics of the publishing world dictates that virtually every story is supposed to be one of a series of books. However, this book was such a blatant set up, and so incomplete on it's face, that I found myself a little angry at Mr. Riggs. I would love to read a book that is a complete story in itself, and not the potential for a movie deal or a sequel. Just saying....
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but a little underwhelming
The concept was original and intriguing. I loved the setting and the time line. It was well written and flowed well which is probably what kept me reading. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by fantasybookwurm
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in an imaginary world
It was the title of this book that first attracted me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although the main characters are children, the book appeals to an adult reader looking for an... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by C. Wilbur
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book to start your kids in the great habit of reading...
My daughter read this book and recommended it to me, and let me tell you children and young adult story books have come a long since I was a little kid. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ana Maria Rivera Casco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT read, highly recommend checking this one out.
Published 2 days ago by Tori
5.0 out of 5 stars pictures are great addition to the story
Interesting! pictures are great addition to the story!
Published 2 days ago by Jeanne Dalglish
5.0 out of 5 stars The author goes on to say there were so many wonderful and unusual...
I started reading this book because my daughter started it. It was very entertaining. After finishing the book, there is a Q&A with the author. Read more
Published 2 days ago by shannon f
4.0 out of 5 stars While I read it from cover to cover and mildly enjoyed it, I won't be...
An interesting book for a summer read. The ending, of course, begs for a follow up. While I read it from cover to cover and mildly enjoyed it, I won't be following up.
Published 2 days ago by Kathleen Chrzanowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it now!!!
The best book I've read in a long time!!!! Entertaining, funny and thrilling at the same time! I loved it so much that I immediately bought the second book "Hollow City"!
Published 2 days ago by lerineka
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I almost always notate every single one of my books for themes, tones, moods, and other literary aspects found in novels. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Fashionismylife
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary.
The author has a terrific imagination so it was fun to read. Not sure I liked the way he ended it so I may need to read the follow up sometime.
Published 3 days ago by sassy
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Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida, where he spent his formative years making silly movies with his friends in their various backyards, snorkeling, and complaining about the heat. He studied English at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. He makes films you can watch on his YouTube page: www.youtube.com/ransriggs. He enjoys traveling to exotic lands and complaining about the heat. He would like to thank you for reading this short biography.

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