A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate 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,
author of The Fault in Our Stars
"Even without the photos, this would be a gripping story, but the photos add an irresistible element of mystery. The first-person narration is authentic, funny, and poignant. I’m looking forward to the next volume in the series!”
- Rick Riordan,
author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
"A chilling, wondrous novel."
“Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. A chilling, wondrous novel.”
"A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Riggs' first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age."
“Riggs moves deftly between fantasy and reality, prose and photography, to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story.”
- The Associated Press
“An original work that defies categorization.”
- Library Journal
"With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel storyline, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it's no wonder Miss Peregrine has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox."
- Entertainment Weekly
"Though technically a children's book, Miss Peregrine is more Grimm's than Disney, and Riggs's images, dropped like breadcrumbs, could lead audiences of any age happily down the path of its spellbinding tale."
- Florida Times-Union
"Brace yourself for the last 70 pages of relentless, squirm-in-your-chair action. I loved every minute of it."
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"An unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience."
-Savannah Morning News
"This is a Book of the Year candidate and right now I'm calling it the front runner. Absolutely magical in every sense of the word, Miss Peregrine has a peerless combination of witty, intelligent dialogue and prose, combined with an absolutely beautiful design . . . it's the sharpest thing you'll read all year."
- Shelf Unbound