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.
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children—Los Angeles. Along the way he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, Strange Geographies, can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com. This is his first novel.
"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."