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Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set Paperback – October 20, 2015
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Praise for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
“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
“Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”—CNN
“Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.”—Associated Press
“I read all of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books and I loved them.”—Florence of Florence + The Machine
“[A] thrilling, Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs.”—USA Today Pop Candy
“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
“This peculiar parable is pure perfection.”—Justine magazine
“One of the coolest, creepiest YA books.”—PopSugar
Praise for Hollow City
“I was blown away...Hollow City is fantastic.”—USAToday.com
“A worthy follow-up, and as addictive a read as the first.”—Hypable
“Hollow City mixes spooky vintage photos and action-packed storytelling to continue the story of Jacob Portman and his fellow “peculiars” as they travel through time to war-torn London.”—Dan Kois, Slate
“A perfect blend of creepiness and thoughtfulness.”—PopMatters
“A stunning achievement… Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”—Boston Globe
“What makes the series soar, however, is not the world-building, as intriguing as it is, but the heartfelt intensity of the emotions.”—Virginian-Pilot
“Ideal for fans of Neil Gaiman and Daniel Kraus, Hollow City blends fantasy and horror into a world that will engross readers and leave them eager for more.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers
“A tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar.”—Kirkus Reviews
“New readers of the series will find this novel a treat...Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends.”—School Library Journal
“Riggs has created a fresh and original world in these Peregrine novels, with likable, quirky characters and a very readable style.”—Library Journal Xpress Review
“Fans will be thrilled to know that the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is as hauntingly sinister as the first and is unequivocally worth the wait. It’s a rare sequel that improves on the series’ beginning... A must-read!” —RT Book Reviews
Praise for Library of Souls
“Oh, my birds, I love this book! I’m obsessed with Ransom Riggs’ wildly creative world packed with heroic, heartwarming characters, supper baddies, and incredible settings like Devil’s Acre and the Library of Souls.”—Annalyse, Justine Magazine
“Fans of the trilogy’s first two books will enjoy Library of Souls for its unique world, fast action, satisfying answers and a thorough tying up of loose ends.”—Free Lance-Star
“Library of Souls will not disappoint.”—Forces of Geek
“I was blown away by the way the haunting photographs were woven so seamlessly into the incredible plot. And Library of Souls has simply the most perfect ending.”—Nikki, Justine Magazine
“The challenge Riggs faces in Library of Souls is to match the remarkably high standard set by the first two books in the series, either the mind-bending bafflements of the first book or the edge-of-your-seat action of the second. Riggs succeeds, delivering a thrilling conclusion to Jacob’s trilogy.”—Paste magazine
“Fans will easily lose themselves in this most peculiar tale of all.”—Booklist
“Thrilling and satisfying.”—School Library Journal
“I enjoyed reading this book so much, the cliched, 'I couldn’t put it down,' doesn’t suffice.”—Geeks of Doom
“Readers are sure to leap right in after the cliffhanger ending of Hollow City, and they won’t be disappointed.”—RT Book Review, 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
About the Author
- Lexile Measure : 830L
- Grade Level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 3.02 pounds
- Paperback : 1216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 159474890X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594748905
- Product Dimensions : 5.26 x 2.87 x 8.32 inches
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Publisher : Quirk Books (October 20, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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We all loved the first book in the set and most of the second book. It wasn't quite as magical as Harry Potter in the sense that the focus of the magic and paranormal events is quite dark. The Harry Potter series is balanced with the benevolent and the beautiful. Attacks and battles happen in Harry Potter, but not in every other chapter as in Miss Peregrine's Children (as we've read so far.) Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series tends more toward the morbid and the mysterious, with lots of blood, attacks and bodies. Now my girls are going through a "spooky stuff and bad guys" phase (as a follow in from fairies and fashion) which is why I got this series, to be honest. They're quite happy to get all this inspiration for their drawings and games. But if you have children who are more sensitive, keep in mind that this series does include gore enough to cause nightmares and anxiety.
Personally I have found the books too violent for my tastes. I was a little uneasy about this given I was reading the book to my girls, but it didn't seem to bother them. Now we're not a family who has a problem with profanity, but I think this series is a little heavy on it for pre-teen readers, and this is something I would have liked to have known beforehand. My girls thought the language was hilarious (possibly they thought their Mummy reading such words aloud was even more funny) and we haven't had any problems with them copying it or anything. I think it's fine for teenagers who are suited to some strong language and high stakes, but I know some parents will be concerned about their teens reading a series of this caliber.
Unfortunately when we got half way through the last chapter in the second book, my children asked me to stop reading the series they had enjoyed so far. The stakes had got too high for them and the death of one of the newer characters whom they'd become very fond of upset them. We have a plan for me to read ahead and let them know what I think before we read the rest of the series, as they really want to know what happens and love looking at the pictures and wondering what the characters will do next.
In conclusion, a brilliant story, but intense with dark themes. Wonderful, lovable characters that kids will relate to, but fairly grown-up themes. Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children gets full marks from me for originality, being fascinating, gripping storytelling and lots of funny moments. But it's probably not appropriate for the sensitive teen or for pre-teens who are just beginning to explore older kids' books. If your pre-teen wants to read this series, read with them or ahead of them to make sure you think they'll be alright with it, as you know your child best.
For you adults out there, contemplating getting these for yourselves (really), take this test: do you like JRR Tolkien a lot? Are high-brow fantasy and science fiction writers in your wheel house? Do you like historical novels, history in general, and the popular writers of the 19th century? Do you like Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury? Lastly do you appreciate re-visiting your youth and equally do you appreciate what the youth of today are contending with? If all of the above are true and you have a special place in your heart for the odd and the bizarre (like old Pink Floyd records and stories by Stephen King and Anne Rice), if you like to voyage into the nether regions of speculative fiction, these books are definitely for you.
The trilogy are chock full of peculiar (everyone's new favorite word with these books) photographs, some of them can be disturbing. Riggs second avocation after writing is photography, and he has used this as a riveting feature to not only augment the tales but to amplify them into even more fantastical realism. The trilogy box comes with a bonus package of more photographs that are fascinating and make excellent markers to keep places in the book you might (will) want to revisit! The books are bound beautifully and the case housing them is handsome and built to last. Purchase the Peculiar Trilogy this way and you will have a lifetime personal favorite for your shelf that will no doubt outlive us all. Oh, and like a lot of really really good books, you will want to re-read these, probably more than twice. Ransom Riggs is going to be a memorable author down the decades and beyond, that is certain, this is no pulp fiction.
Final Note, try to avoid reading plot descriptive reviews, even if you have seen the movie version of the first book, the spoilers will, well, spoil the journey of surprises (and the book has many more features that could not be presented even by the wonderful Tim Burton). Parents, if your young adult reader had issues with Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, or finds "dark" storytelling a little too nightmarish, you might want to consider letting them mature a bit longer before taking the step into this peculiar world. Profanity in the books is limited to what is often deemed acceptable for older teens. Use your best judgement, or read it first! You get to treat yourself! Highly recommended for young adults 16 - 96.
The boxed set includes a small portfolio of more pictures of the sort that grace the pages of each volume, which makes buying the boxed set, now that it is available, a better idea than purchasing each book separately. As I have wondered about this series and at least one other, I don't see this as truly YA genre. I mean, yes, intelligent 'tweens and teens can read and love it, but it is, overall, pretty heavy and heady stuff. In short, this is as much for adult fans of alternate reality/history as it is for its purported target demographic. Buy it, you'll love it.
Top reviews from other countries
I actually enjoyed this set so much I also bought it in kindle , graphic novel and just ordered first edition signed copies of some of the books too !! Yes I do admit it I love books for too much lol
This box set would make a wonderful gift for an older child who appreciates beautiful books!