Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenBook Club Kit - 2013
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
From Library Staff
1940s time loops, monsters from your wildest imagination, and an abandoned orphanage for children with unique gifts are the focal points of Random Riggs' debut novel. One of the unique features of this atmospheric work is the presence of creepy and freaky vintage photographs that parallel the eve... Read More »
LPL_FisherA Mar 17, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children plays out like Tim Burton's version of the X-Men (which is not surprising seeing as how he is directing the upcoming film due out September 2016). 1940s time loops, monsters from your wildest imagination, and an abandoned orphanage for children with un... Read More »
Riggs's "peculiars", children born with strange abilities or deformities, resemble Lu's "elites". Give this one to fans of the the very subtle way magic works in The Young Elites or to fans of Lu's varied ensemble cast.
LPL_FisherA Sep 21, 2014
1940s time loops, monsters from your wildest imagination, and an abandoned orphanage for children with unique gifts are the focus points of Random Riggs' debut novel. One of the unique features of this atmospheric work is the presence of creepy and freaky vintage photographs that parallel the ev... Read More »
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
WhidbeyIslander thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 20
RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the polaroid pictures could be a little scary to younger viewers, And also the book is peculiar and mentions things that people may be freaked out by.
Coarse Language: Language... P, s, b, son of a b, d, and hell all used multiple times
Coarse Language: One example: "Priest Hole" -- misunderstood over the telephone as pisshole.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Otherworldly creatures with a murderous craving for fresh blood. Final confrontation scenes were fairly intense.
Other: I don't believe there was much swearing at all.
QuotesAdd a Quote
"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. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss."
“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?"'
“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.”
SummaryAdd a Summary
A teenage boy realizes his grandfather's crazy 'stories' are true. He meets the peculiar children from the stories and realizes he belongs with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.