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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Riggs, Ransom (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous--and who may still be alive. Illustrated with vintage found photographs.
Authors: Riggs, Ransom
Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Publisher: Philadelphia : Quirk Books, c2011.
Characteristics: 352 p. :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm.
Summary: A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous--and who may still be alive. Illustrated with vintage found photographs.
ISBN: 1594744769
9781594744761
Statement of Responsibility: by Ransom Riggs
Subject Headings: Mystery and detective stories. Wales Fiction. Grandfathers Fiction. Teenage boys Fiction. Islands Fiction. Orphanages Fiction. Wales Fiction. Supernatural Fiction. Grandfathers Fiction. Islands Fiction. Orphanages Fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Mystery and detective stories.
Grandfathers
Teenage boys
Islands
Orphanages
Supernatural
Grandfathers
Islands
Orphanages
LCCN: 2010942876
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Delightfully spooky story: a blend of horror, science fiction and historical fiction. When his grandfather Abe, a Holocaust survivor, is killed in mysterious circumstances, 16 year old Jacob travels to Wales in search of the island orphanage that sheltered Abe during the war. What Jacob discovers... Read More »

Comment by: LocketLibrarian Aug 17, 2011

What a neat and peculiar little book. A nice piece of fantasy with time travel thrown in for good measure.
The photographs in the book keep things moving nicely.. . .and the end leaves us set up for a sequel.

Comment by: crankylibrarian Jul 09, 2011

Delightfully spooky story: a blend of horror, science fiction and historical fiction. When his grandfather Abe, a Holocaust survivor, is killed in mysterious circumstances, 16 year old Jacob travels to Wales in search of the island orphanage that sheltered Abe during the war. What Jacob discover... Read More »


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Jul 25, 2014
  • LT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

FF&F

Jul 17, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Started off really interesting and unique, but got really boring fast. Not sure what the hype is about.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book lives up to it's name!
The whole book is peculiar, even the way it's set out with the old photos.
I really enjoyed this book, it's quiet unique.

An amazing book that will actually make you feel like your there with the children. An awesome read

Jul 09, 2014
  • marlenetee rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. Interesting premise. Got a bit bored toward the end and had to fight to finish it.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book! A lot of mystery and eerieness! Creepy and cool! Definitely a must read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • rotondim rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I read this for a book club. I was interested in the photographs in the book but the story was not very well written.

Jul 08, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The first few chapters were awesome. The author set up the tone of the book really nicely and by the time Jacob discovered the house I was very much excited and thinking of many ways the book could go on. Unfortunately, it didn't exactly play out as I had hoped which would be fine, as long as the path taken is also just as interesting. That was not the case and soon after throughout the book I couldn't invest the same energy and feelings into a book that well...kinda bored me. It's the same feeling I had when I tried to read The Percy Jackson Series. It just felt like it'd be read and enjoyed by a much younger audience.

My suggestion is if you want to read a book with kids staying at a place which is frozen in time read "The Thief of Always" by Clive Barker. It's an amazing read with a darker, creepier setting. Plus there's drawings!

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Here.
Right here is why I will always love books and never fully give in to those e-reader thingies.

Touch this book. Go ahead. Open it up, crack the binding a little, and stroke a page. Oh Yeah. Smooth, right? Not a gloss really but there is a coating to it. Definitely not a matte. Could be a creamwove or even copier paper. Rub your thumb up and down a page. Uh huh... you got it.

That---and the photos. I've always derived a perverse pleasure in carnie folk and all things carnie. (Remember, I'm that rubber-necker type.) Well, stick some outlandish ancient photographs in front of me and watch me get my freak on. It's like a delusional 20yr old and Bieber-fever. Maybe this is Rigg's schtick. Seems that everyone has one these days. I'm not complaining, they had me at the paper, remember? These photographs that the narrative revolves around are creepy fun. Little boys dressed up in Gacy clown costumes feeding each other ribbon? Sad little boy in bunny suit sitting on a walkway? Gothy Girl, Tim Burton fan carrying a chicken? I am so there.

And the story ain't bad neither.

Jacob loves his grandfather and his grandfather's stories about "life in the Welsh Childrens home. It was an enchanted place, he said, designed to keep kids safe from the monsters, on an island where the sun shined every day and nobody ever got sick or dies. Everyone lived together in a big house that was protected by a wise old bird--or so the story went."

Hello?? Sign me up! He talks of levitating girls and invisible boys, children with mouths on the back of their head and girls who create fire with her hand. All living happily tucked away from the monsters.

Until one of the monsters kills his grandfather. Jacob, of course, is the only witness to this and bears his beloved granddad's last words:

"There's no time," he whispered. Then he raised his head off the ground, trembling with the effort, and breathed into my ear: 'Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940.' I nodded but he could see that I didn't understand. With his last bit of strength, he added, "Emerson--the letter. Them them what happened, Yakob."

Now this--THIS is what I was hoping The Forgetting Room would be like. This is the creepiness that I wanted from The Night Strangers. THANK YOU.

Jacob convinces his parents and his shrink (you don't think a kid like this needs a shrink?)that he must go to the island, to deal with his grandfather's death. He finds the house, ruined, and learns that on September 3, 1940 a bomb fell on it and killed everyone. Everyone but one boy who went off to fight the monsters.

Jacob's journey is far from over, but I will leave you to find out. If I had known (which is really REALLY surprising since it was a NY Times Bestseller this year) I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much. And we all need joy, right?

Jul 06, 2014
  • chatnal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

My entire family really enjoyed this book but I had trouble getting attached to the story and in the end was just looking forward to being finished.

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Jul 05, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014
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Jun 05, 2014
  • zuna rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

zuna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 17

May 28, 2014
  • sarangdipity rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

sarangdipity thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 23

Apr 07, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 21, 2014
  • rem85 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jacob llived an ordinary life except the amazing magical stories his grandfather told him of magical children and the monsters. But when his grandfather dies and jacob belives it's the monsters he may find out that his life is way more than ordinary, It's peculiar.

Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jacob is just an ordinary teenage boy with an ordinary life. But after a tragic family accident takes place, he begins to find his grandfathers old story's haunting him. He must return to the old home his grandfather lived in as a child and discover the mystery living right within its very walls.

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jacob Portman is a typical disaffected upper-class teen drifting through life, but he has a rather atypical grandfather. When Jacob was young, his grandfather told him wild tales of his youth, fighting monsters and living with a group of incredible children on an island in Wales. Stories that Jacob has long since stopped believing...until something terrible happens that sends him searching for the lost island of his grandfather's youth. What Jacob finds will change his life and his understanding of reality forever.

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a very creepy book involving mystery and some action. It is the story of Jacob who grew up hearing stories from his grandfather about peculiar children with supernatural abilities. As he grew up he thought those stories were fake but when his grandfather dies, he sees a monster at the death scene and tries to follow clues his grandfather left him to find the peculiar children and their headmistress, Miss.Peregrine.

Oct 21, 2011
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When 15 year old Jacob witnesses the horrific death of his beloved grandfather, all he has left are his cryptic last words and the terrifying image of the beast Jacob is sure killed him. Everyone around Jacob thinks he's gone crazy. When he finds a letter to his grandfather from his old headmistress, he travels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children searching for answers. What he finds is a tiny island filled with drunks and a big old house that was bombed over 70 years ago. Though everyone was rumored to have been killed, Jacob suspects that Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children may still be alive.

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Sexual Content: A few kisses and mentions of romantic relationships.

Violence: Multiple deaths, a few fight scenes with blood.

Sexual Content: Lots of this

May 12, 2012
  • AnastasiaRomanuk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Otherworldly creatures with a murderous craving for fresh blood. Final confrontation scenes were fairly intense.

Feb 08, 2012
  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.

Nov 21, 2011
  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: I don't believe there was much swearing at all.

Oct 21, 2011
  • staceytomasello rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

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Jul 09, 2014
  • love2read123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Then, a few years later, when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After."

Jul 20, 2013
  • black_cobra_252 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

"'Just to make sure I understand," I said. 'If today is september third 1940, then tomorrow is... also September third?"'

Oct 29, 2012
  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Stars, too were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

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