Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: The First Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (Paperback)
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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: The First Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (Paperback)

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…when I was fifteen, an extraordinary and terrible thing happened, and there was only Before and After.

Jacob Portman thinks nothing extraordinary will ever happen to him, growing up in a sleepy, backwater, Florida town. The most interesting things in his life surround his beloved grandfather Abraham, an inveterate storyteller with all manner of unbelievable tales from his childhood.

Then Abraham is violently killed and Jacob’s life is plunged into grief and doubt. He is left with his grandfather’s unique collection of black-and-white photographs and the stories Abraham bequeathed to Jacob, stories that he can’t seem to put out of his mind.

As Jacob’s grief compels him towards an isolated Welsh island, he finds himself confronted with an ever-deepening mystery around the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the place Abraham grew up. As Jacob wanders the crumbling corridors and dust-soaked rooms, he realises that everything, including time itself, may be slipping out of place.

As he encounters the strange and wonderful children his grandfather was raised with, Jacob realises they all have extraordinary abilities (and spectacularly evocative names) and exist in a series of time loops, meaning that none of them is the age they seem. There are the immensely strong siblings Bronwyn and Victor Bruntley, the wholly invisible Millard Nullings, and the lighter-than-air Olive Abroholos Elephanta, who must be always attached to the earth to avoid floating away. Then there is the captivating, haunting Miss Peregrine herself.

It is the ghostlike hollowgasts, though, that will define Jacob’s fate, making him realise that he too has his own special power, that he is in mortal danger and that eventually he must choose, between the ordinary life he knows and what comes after.

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594746031
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 206 x 132 x 29 mm


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‘A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.' – John Green

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A Map of Days: Ransom Riggs in conversation

Manchester - Deansgate
Monday 5th November 19:00

Ransom Riggs, author of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, will be joining us for an exclusive Manchester event, discussing the fourth novel in the Miss Peregrine series, A Map of Days.

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A Map of Days: Ransom Riggs in conversation

A Map of Days: Ransom Riggs in conversation

St James's Church, 197 Picadilly, London, W1J 9LL
Tuesday 6th November 19:00

Ransom Riggs, author of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, will be joining us for an exclusive London event, discussing the fourth novel in the Miss Peregrine series, A Map of Days.

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“Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”

This book was absolutely fantastic and far better than I thought it would be (and believe me I expected a lot with a title like that). The story starts with Jake Portman telling of the stories his grandfather told him... More

Paperback edition
11th August 2014
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“Unlike anything else”

This book was not at all what I was expecting - but I was utterly enthralled nonetheless. It sits very firmly in science fiction, but is unlike anything else I have read before. The story had me gripped, and the... More

Paperback edition
21st April 2014
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“Ingenious.”

Do you remember playing story games as a child, you know, the ones where you have six to ten objects in front of a group and each of you has to tell a story, but you must continue where the previous person left off?... More

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30th June 2014
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