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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children : Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children : Book 1 - Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children : Book 1

Paperback Published: 15th July 2013
ISBN: 9781594746031
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 14+ years old

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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.

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.

Industry Reviews

"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

"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

"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life."--Geeks of Doom

"Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious."--Forces of Geek

"Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale."--Florida Times-Union

"In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise--a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful." --PopMatters

"A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love."--Romper

Fantastic Book!


The quality is great. I loved all the pictures that helped give you a visual on the story. I'm looking forward to buying ransoms Rigs other books.

NSW Australia


Good read


Was a good read, took me a while to get into it but once I got into it I enjoyed it, unique and unusual. The characters were interesting and the storyline was good. I enjoyed it.



Wonderful formatting, marrying the old with the contemporary


Actual rating 4.5 stars. I found 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' a bit slow at the start. With two false starts, I ended up persevering over a Sunday before I got hooked. The setting was described brilliantly, I really felt like I was there. A back drop of the WWII almost felt like an homage to the battle within Jacob's conscious, as well as the challenges the "Peculiars" faced. The twist on the origins of the gifted, or those with abilities - known as peculiars, in addition to the introduction of time manipulation was brilliant. Completely sucked me in. Tying in old photographs into the narrative brought a fresh aspect to the reading experience adding authenticity to the story. It great to find novels starting to break the mould when it comes to formatting and finding more interesting ways to present a story. The writing style is mature for YA - there were a few words that I needed to look up in a dictionary - which I liked. I love learning new was to express myself succinctly in print. The composition of Riggs sentences was almost lyrical at times, like an old fable. The dialogue of the Peculiar Children and Miss Peregrine matched the era they were living in, which added a layer of authenticity and fascination for me. Thankfully, after a stumble through the beginning, the second half of the novel was incrementally more gripping. I noted how the special abilities the characters possessed hailed more from the day of travelling Side-Shows rather than psychic powers or X-men type abilities, which I felt add to the ambience of the novel, tying into the old photographs and the WWII setting. I got many surprises from the plot. There was an obvious aspect around Jacobs fate, which is needed for this series to work, but the rest of the arcs had me guessing. Which I loved. A highly entertaining novel and something I'd easily recommend to all my friends, family, strangers on the street... Really excited to see where this series goes.

Sunshine Coast


A very well told story.


I really found this book to have a good story line.





All great



Good Read


I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter, and read it myself first to judge its suitability. I thought it might be to frightening for her but it isn't. I haven't given it to her to read yet though as I think the adult nature of the relationships between the two main characters are a bit old for her just yet, maybe when she's 12.

Perth, Australia


Much better than expected!


I was hesitant to get this book from all the research and reviews on this book. I decided in the end i would give it a go. Considering Tim Burton is turning it into a movie. Im glad i did, it is a great book and becuase i am such a visual thinker it is fantastic with all the images scatted in the book, refering to the info just read. Love this book and am now waiting for the secon one to arrive.

Melbourne, Australia


A great reading experience


A very nice reading experience, where the photographs and the story get together and create a "haunting" story, make it like a real story that actually happenned, not just a fiction.



Awesomely creepy


The cover hooked me and although it's meant for teenage readers (I was vetting it as suitable for my nephew and I'm sticking to that story) it was absolutely brilliant. The characters were engaging, if somewhat creepy, and the photos brought it to life. It was excellently structured and is coming out in film in 2016. Well worth multiple reads. One of my picks for the year.



Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Child


absolutely loved this book had so much trouble putting it down

mandurah, WA


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

4.5 10


ISBN: 9781594746031
ISBN-10: 1594746036
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 15th July 2013
Publisher: Quirk Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

Ransom Riggs

About the Author

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida. His hobbies include wreck diving and collecting vintage photography. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi.

Visit Ransom Riggs's Booktopia Author Page