Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Hardcover)
|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.|
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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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.
Riggs's moody debut novel, which landed on the New York Times Besteller list, finds 16-year-old Jacob Portman on a Welsh island trying to recover from the savage murder of his grandfather. Anxious and prone to nightmares and seeing monsters, Jacob meets the peculiar children of Miss Peregrine's home circa 1940: one can control fire, another makes himself invisible, and another has superhuman strength. Strangely, it turns out, Jacob's grandfather once lived in the institution long before he served in World War II. Rumors of "hollows," monsters who are killing and kidnapping abound, and Jacob, being the only one who can see them is determined to save the children and Miss Peregrine. Nearly 50 creepy, vintage photographs appear throughout, creating a diabolical atmosphere to this spine-tingling and ultimately, empowering fantasy.
Customer Reviews of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is set in modern times with adventures into WWII. It creates an intriguing setting for young Jacob's story to discover his true identity and that of his grandfather. I find my self puzzled as to whether I truely enjoyed or am simply confused by it. I can honestly say that it was unlike anything I had read before and was not what I expected. Although eccentric, it compelled me to keep reading. The story of young Jacob and his band of "peculiar" friends provided me with enough enjoyment to recommend it to someone who enjoys fantasy type reading endeavors. It seems like a set up for a series, but I think I just might read those too. Overall, the writing is solid and interesting enough. The use of photography amidst the writing in this novel is truely revolutionary. The photos of these "peculiar" children are intertwined with their stories. Although I was reading this as a novel, the photography is to be noted. While appalling upon first glance, it draws the viewer to take a second and deeper look.
A thrilling page-turner7/12/2011
This book managed to be eery and spooky without being gruesome or horrifying. It had elements of a psychological thriller but also romance, adventure, and at time dry humor. It could be termed a "coming-of-age" story and portrays a teenager's identity struggles well. The characters are fascinating and well-written, the descriptions really help the reader envision what each is like as well as how they look and talk. I stayed up until the wee hours, getting the willies, and absolutely couldn't put it down. It reminded me a little bit of Harry Potter, some elements of travel "between worlds" and mystical or supernatural beings from the viewpoint of a teenager with some pretty heavy baggage. Very enjoyable and spooky without crossing the line into nightmarish horror.
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