Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / General
The #1 New York Times best-selling series. Bonus features• Q&A with author Ransom Riggs• Eight pages of color stills from the film• Sneak preview of Hollow City, the next novel in the seriesA 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
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"I hesitate to criticize a modern YA classic- however, nearly all the characters were insufferable, and it became tiring quickly. The adults (aside from the loveable Grandpa Portman and Miss Peregrine), were grumpy, condescending, judgemental, and had unhealthy boundaries with the children. The teens were rude and bratty (calling kids stupid and saying shut up), moody, and had poor physical boundaries (ie lots of pinching and more). In particular, there is one scene in which an 80 year old woman in a girl's body wrestles a boy to force his pants off. She *is* frozen in time and it *is* only to get him to swim, but it's still cringey. The whole forceful pant removal is to be considered flirtatious, which is a pretty concerning message for kids. (Parents: I'd just make sure you discuss consent your kids in your life before they read it -which a conversation you need to have anyway- and be aware there is foul language). Another far less important source of contention for me was that the author seemed to have no idea how kids behaved and spoke when he wrote it. The slang and references were way to old, even for when it was written. All of this was such a shame for me because the world building was great, but it was a painful read for me. It probably is just me but 👎"
"Some reviews of this book are stupid and I'm thinking of one in particular who was acting as if this book was meant for children while it is genre marked as YA which strains anywhere from 12-18 years of age. By the language used and the graphicness of some scenes and images, this was meant for 14 and up, 13 at the least if the reader is more mature. Trigger warning for the slaughtering of animals. There are other trigger warnings but most things didn't bother me as much as the harm towards animals, so they're not as memorable to me. I'd suggest looking up a list because trust, there are definitely a lot. The movie adaptation is extremely inaccurate to the second half of the book, they really did the book dirty with their adaptation and the ability swapping of Emma and Olive. Furthermore, I wouldn't suggest this to any typical reader, as the title kind of plays into the audience: people deemed peculiar or people who are searching to find their place."