Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The story is told through a combination of narrative and vernacular photographs from the personal archives of collectors listed by the author.

This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor at Quirk Books, he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative.[1][2] Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and was introduced to other collectors.[3] The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather's old photographs which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.[2]

The book has been a New York Times best seller.[1][4] It reached the #1 spot on the Children's Chapter Books list on 29 April 2012 after being on the list for 45 weeks,[5] remaining there until 20 May, when it dropped to the fourth spot on the list.[6][7][8] Critics have generally praised the book for creative use of vintage photographs as well as good characterization and settings.

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