Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Paperback)
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 13/08/2013
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Lauded for it’s inventive use of vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a work for the young adult audience by the appropriately quirky-of-name, Ransom Riggs. It came to be when an editor at Quirk Books suggested the author stitch together a tale using his love of “the bizarro” and the storytelling possibilities of his collected trove of old black-and-white images. Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman is left heartbroken when his beloved grandfather Abraham is killed, and his grief propels him towards a wild Welsh island to learn more about the latter’s childhood. Here he discovers, through being removed to 1940 by an unusual girl called Emma, that Abraham was one of the ‘peculiar children’ living at an orphanage run by a Miss Peregrine. The strange and wonderful children his grandfather was raised with 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. But it is the ghostlike hollowgasts that will define Jacob’s fate – and make him realise that he too has his own special power.

Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594746031

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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

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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

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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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