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Title:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author:
Riggs, Ransom.
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Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012.
Physical Description:
483 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 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.
General Note:
"Thorndike Press Large Print The Literacy Bridge"--Copyright p.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Young Adult
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.7 13.0 145802.
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ISBN:
9781410450234
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Book

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A New York Times Bestseller -- In an unforgettable novel that mixes spine-tingling fiction with haunting photography, a horrific tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob on 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 rooms, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow -- they may still be alive.


Author Notes

Ransom Riggs is a writer and filmmaker. He was born in Marland in 1980 and attended the Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida. He studied English literature at Kenyon College and studied film at the University of Southern California. His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss magazine got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film. Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which made The New York Times Best Seller list.

One of his other books inspired by old photographs entitled Taking Pictures was published in 2012. Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, also made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

A graphic adaptation of Riggs's popular crossover novel might seem like a strange prospect since the original is already illustrated with the odd, antique photos that inspired Riggs' unusual tale. But Jean (Beautiful Creatures, 2013) doesn't try to overshadow the pictures with her artwork, instead seamlessly blending them in. At first readers will find those photos as fake as 16-year-old Jacob does, believing them to be nothing more than false memories that helped his grandfather survive WWII. But when monsters prove to be real and kill Jacob's grandfather, the boy must flee to an island off the coast of Wales to find the peculiar children who sheltered his grandfather, who will help Jacob learn who he is, and who he will, in the end, have to save from the monsters. Jean's scratchy black-and-white line drawings perfectly detail Jacob's mundane life until he discovers the island's secrets and color comes winging in. The luminous art brings the heart of Riggs' story to life albeit at the expense of some character development and should leave readers eager for the next installment.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Riggs's atmospheric first novel concerns 16-year-old Jacob, a tightly wound but otherwise ordinary teenager who is "unusually susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the Creeps, the Willies, and Seeing Things That Aren't Really There." When Jacob's grandfather, Abe, a WWII veteran, is savagely murdered, Jacob has a nervous breakdown, in part because he believes that his grandfather was killed by a monster that only they could see. On his psychiatrist's advice, Jacob and his father travel from their home in Florida to Cairnholm Island off the coast of Wales, which, during the war, housed Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Abe, a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, lived there before enlisting, and the mysteries of his life and death lead Jacob back to that institution. Nearly 50 unsettling vintage photographs appear throughout, forming the framework of this dark but empowering tale, as Riggs creates supernatural backstories and identities for those pictured in them (a boy crawling with bees, a girl with untamed hair carrying a chicken). It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman no longer believes the stories his grandfather told him when he was a little boy. These are obviously fairy tales about children with mysterious abilities, such as a girl who could levitate and a boy with bees inside him, and not real memories from his grandfather's childhood. Grandpa's sepia-toned photographs of his strange friends also seem fake to Jacob. However, when he gets a chance to visit the island where the stories took place, he can't resist delving into his grandfather's past. Could these odd children really have existed? VERDICT An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Suitable for both adults and a YA audience. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale.-Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Jacob, 17, spends his time listening to his Grandpa Portman's fantastical stories about the monsters and peculiar children with whom he was raised after being saved from the Nazi death camps during World War II. After years of hearing these tales, Jacob decides that they are just fairy tales until he receives a desperate phone call from his dying grandfather. The teen rushes to his side only to have him utter a warning which sends him to a remote island off Wales to find the home in which the elderly man was raised. He discovers that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been abandoned for a long time. At this point, the story shifts to a fantastical mystery mixing the past with the present. Jacob enters the loop and meets the bird-both part of Grandpa's warning. He meets the peculiar children and learns more about his grandpa and his own capabilities to see the monsters. Ransom Riggs's novel (Quirk Books, 2011) features a twisting plot, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and a light love affair that will intrigue listeners. Told through Jacob's perspective, narrator Jesse Bernstein skillfully juggles a variety of voices of all ages as well as American and English accents. Have the book available so listeners can peruse the photos. The book's open-ended conclusion hints at a sequel.-Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.