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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Riggs, Ransom (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


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After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Authors: Riggs, Ransom
Title: Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA :, Quirk Books,, c2013.
Edition: First paperback edition.
Characteristics: 382 p. :,ill., ports. ;,21 cm.
Summary: After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 15 24 53 61 118 152 160 172 173 222 226 242 262 280
ISBN: 9781594746031
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Report This Apr 15, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the most unusual and creative books I've ever read. Can't wait to read the sequel!

I am always up for a good mystery novel. So when I saw the cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with the creepy young girl floating in midair, I was excited to read this book. The book is about Jacob Portman who, as a kid, was told stories from his Grandpa about his days running from the Nazis and staying in a home with some very peculiar children. The children had very special gifts but they were in hiding from some sort of fearsome monsters. After Jacob witnesses his grandfather’s death, his psychiatrist suggests he goes to the house where his Grandfather grew up as a kid, the same house where he told Jacob about the peculiar children. Jacob is determined to solve the mystery of his Grandfather’s life and these peculiar children he spoke of. But what he finds is a hidden danger in his grandfather’s past. If you’re looking for a book that has a mystery that goes through the entire book, you won’t find that here. The big mystery in this book is pretty brief. But even though I was kind of disappointed in the lack of a big mystery it was still a very good read. What made the book really unique to me were the creepy pictures in the book. Sometimes they’d show these black and white pictures of the peculiar children and they would always send chills down my spine. The pictures of the creatures that try to capture the peculiar children were especially creepy. And some of the abilities these peculiar children had can be very special like having a mouth in the back of your head or being covered with bees. It even helped how endearing these children could be. There were some parts of the book where it just felt really slow but if you just manage to read through it, it really picks up from there. The main character Jacob is a pretty relatable character at most. Though I wouldn’t say he’s one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read. But the real gem of the book is the atmosphere and setting it has. It sort of has this dark gloomy atmosphere similarly you would have with Neil Gaiman’s books. The title indicates what the story centers on which are Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. All the mystery and mayhem starts all in that very house. So in other words I would definitely recommend this book for those who are fans of books such as Coraline or A Series of Unfortunate Events. What makes it even better is the fact that Tim Burton is going to be directing a movie adaptation for this book! So a definite read for those who are into the creepy and dark.

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

An amazing book. The writing is downright amazing. The story flows with beauty. And the pictures match up perfectly with the story making this an unforgettable read! Oh and by the way, Im back! I took a break from updating my shelves.If you people view my shelves can someone let me know(Im just curious)

Report This Apr 04, 2014
  • JaclynA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully dark picture book for adults. It's inventive and different, and it will make you want to create stories around old photographs. Suspenseful and very entertaining.

Report This Mar 11, 2014
  • Library_Lisa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun book, although I felt Riggs dragged the time-change gig on for far too long. It's one thing to create suspense by making your reader privy to info that the main character is not. It's quite another to have a character that doesn't even clue in after looking at a calendar. But it was good, and I'll probably read the sequel some day.

Report This Feb 26, 2014
  • echo3abc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a fun book to read. The author's use of old and peculiar photos to tie in with the storyline is a fantastic concept. It makes me want to go in search of spooky antique photos, just to see what is out there to be found. And to imagine what the stories are behind them. I did find the action sequence in the plot where the children band together to rescue a fellow character somewhat uninteresting, like it was thrown together. But, the ending tied it all up nicely. And if this is a series, I would probably check out the next installment. But this first book also works well as a stand-alone one time read, with a happy and hopeful ending.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • JCLHopeH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a little spooky and mysterious, and I loved how Riggs worked in the old photographs, even if it did feel forced in spots. It's fun imagining that these children with odd magical talents are among us (or that might even have our own undiscovered talents!), and I enjoyed this version of time travel and manipulation. This would be a good fit for readers who enjoy Neil Gaiman's youth/teen books.

I personally really liked this book, though had trouble getting through it because of an over active imagination keeping me up at night. You should definitely read it!

Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • NVDPL Teen Librarians rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The sequel, Hollow City, is now out, but you want to start with this. It's mysterious without being gory and the B&W photos ramp up the creepy factor by ten.

Report This Dec 20, 2013
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've read this year, can't wait for the sequel, has everything I love ~ excitement, suspence, mystery, magic, wonderment, oddity, et al.

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

red_crocodile_191 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • rem85 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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  • blue_eagle_225 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • BookFaerie27 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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.

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • 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.

Report This 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: Lots of this

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

Coarse Language: Some swearing

Report This 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.

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  • jsuddsjr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

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

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

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

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing

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Report This 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?"'

Report This 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.”

Report This Jul 11, 2012
  • 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."

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