Jacob and his grandfather have a truly amazing relationship. Long out-grown his amazing and bizarre stories of floating girls and invisible boys, Jacob still loves his grandfather dearly. So when his grandfather starts to act strangely and dies before he can tell Jacob the secrets of his own youth during World War II, Jacob cannot comes to terms with it. Convincing his father to take him to Wales, so he can follow what few clues he has, Jacob stumbles into a magical, beautiful and dangerous world. A world that might prove his grandfather was not crazy after all! A beautiful and creative story intertwined with actual photographs that move the story to unusual levels. — Jeanette
Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“The search for his grandfather's past leads Jake to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where a home for orphaned and 'peculiar' children once stood. Jake's grandfather's stories -- about invisible children, children who can command fire, children with enormous strength, and the monsters who hunt them -- can't possibly be true, but Jake's search of the island proves otherwise. This well-wrought story has just the right amount of suspense, scare-your-pants-off detail, and smart, compassionate children searching for a path forward in a twisted, topsy-turvy world.”
— Connie Brooks, Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY
A "New York Times" #1 best seller 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.
About the Author
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.