Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Prologue and Chapter One

Ransom Riggs

I've been dropping not-so-subtle hints about my upcoming YA novel for weeks now, but the day is finally here when I can share a little of it! Quirk, my publisher, is serializing the first three or four chapters, with a chapter being released every week until June 7th, the book's release date. So without further ado, here are the prologue and first chapter! (This link takes you to the Quirk Books site, where you'll find the PDF link in bright red. Can't miss it!)

While that's downloading, let me tell you a bit about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, starting with its rather evocative jacket copy: 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, it will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. ?

As regular readers will probably have guessed by now, I managed to cram just about everything that fascinates me into this book: travel to strange corners of the world, urban exploration, dark fantasy, and creepy vintage photographs. The photos in the book -- 50 in all -- are all original and never-before-published, found either by me or by photo collector friends of mine, and they're woven into the story's narrative. With one or two exceptions, they're not digitally manipulated at all.

We've only just started getting reviews, but so far they're reassuringly solid. "An enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters and some very creepy monsters . . . dark but empowering," says Publisher's Weekly. Friend of the Floss (and best-selling YA author) John Green was kind enough to blurb the book, and writes: "A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work brilliantly together to create an unforgettable story." Library Journal says it's "An original work that defies categorization."

Keep an eye out for chapter two, coming next week! To pre-order the book, check out my publisher's page, or go straight to Amazon.