RANSOM RIGGS is a lifelong Holmes aficionado and a regular contributor to mental_floss magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.
"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 Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns
"Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."--CNN
"Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and
photography to create an enchanting and at times positively
terrifying story."--Associated Press "I read all of the
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children books and I loved
them."--Florence of Florence + The Machine "[A] thrilling,
Tim Burton-esque tale with haunting photographs."--USA Today Pop
"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 "This peculiar parable is pure perfection."--Justine magazine "One of the coolest, creepiest YA books."--PopSugar "It's an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters."--Publishers Weekly "An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale."--Library Journal
"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life."--Geeks of Doom "Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious."--Forces of Geek "Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs images, dropped like bread crumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale."--Florida Times-Union "In a time when so much summer entertainment seems to be more of the same, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a pleasant surprise--a story that is fresh and new, engrosses and grips, and provides enough clues so that the ending makes sense and seems thoughtful." --PopMatters "A twisting tale of phenomenal children, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that both children and adults will love."--Romper
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.