Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children combines photography and
fiction in a manner that works extremely well with the story. Our
young hero, Jacob, has recently suffered a family tragedy and while
trying to make sense of what has happened he discovers the mystery
surrounding his Grandfather. Just who or what is Miss Peregrine? What
is the relationship she shared with his grandfather? Why were the
children living at Miss Peregrine’s home segregated from the rest of the
island’s inhabitants - are the children dangerous in some way?
— Anne, Atlanta
Jacob loved listening to his grandfather’s stories of growing up in an orphanage during World War II; tales of the headmistress Ms. Peregrine and her misfit, odd, peculiar children. He also loved looking at the collection of creepy, wonderful pictures of his grandfather’s friends with magical abilities and unimaginable skills. As Jacob got older, he started to believe that maybe his grandfather was just making these stories up to amuse him. They couldn’t possibly be true. Or could they? The day his grandfather is murdered changes Jacob’s life forever. Not only is he heartbroken, but no one believes him about the monster he saw kill his grandfather. Thrown into therapy, Jacob feels like the only way to get closure is to visit the orphanage in Wales. So begins Jacobs’ adventure in this book that is part mystery, part fantasy, with a thriller component. This book incorporates photography, storytelling, and early circus culture. All the photos used are real and become part of this fantastical story. The story is wonderful, but what makes the book is the pictures and how odd and creepy they are. They make you wonder about these people in the photos and bring their story to life. A truly wonderful read.
— Rosa, New Jersey
Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“The search for his grandfather's past leads Jake to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where a home for orphaned and 'peculiar' children once stood. Jake's grandfather's stories -- about invisible children, children who can command fire, children with enormous strength, and the monsters who hunt them -- can't possibly be true, but Jake's search of the island proves otherwise. This well-wrought story has just the right amount of suspense, scare-your-pants-off detail, and smart, compassionate children searching for a path forward in a twisted, topsy-turvy world.”
— Connie Brooks, Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY
A "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.
About the Author
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children--Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, "Strange Geographies," can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. This is his first novel.