Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy

This peculiar series is the successful debut of American author Ransom Riggs. The first book of the series, published back in 2011, soon became a New York Times bestseller. The story is waved around vintage odd photographs that served as inspiration and end up illustrating the various events. In 2016, the first book was adapted into a movie directed by Tim Burton, and the author announced that a second trilogy is in the works.
This post covers the books and presents them in the suggested reading order (that in this case is the publishing order).

The main trilogy


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
(June 2011)
As I started reading this book I was getting concerned this was an American low-quality knock-off of Harry Potter. Soon though I changed my mind. This is quite an original story, an quite entertaining at the same time.
This novel 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow, impossible though it seems, they may still be alive. This is a spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.
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Hollow City
(January 2014)
Hollow City is the second book of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, a YA fantasy series waved around peculiar vintage photography that is used to illustrate what is happening. The author collected many of these photos over the years and he imagined a story around them. The result is an entertaining and unusual reading experience.
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
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Library of Souls
(September 2015)
The end of an original and peculiar series, that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I enjoyed the previous two books in the series, but I was a little bit disappointed by this one. While it is entertaining and enjoyable, there are few elements of it that grates me: first of all the revelation that Caul’s objectives were not the ones previously described feels like an abrupt and unplanned turn in the story. Also, the previous books are set during the horrors of world war II, and help creating a particular feel, that is not found in this third installment. Last but not least, the peculiar vintage photos that are so central to this series, are often very loosely connected to the plot, and it feels like the author run out of photos, and had to start fishing from the discard pile. As a result Library of Souls does not fit well with the rest of the trilogy.
In this book, Jacob, Emma, and Addison are desperately looking for the kidnapped Miss Peregrines and the rest of her peculiar children. They end up in the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England.
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Companion Book

Tales of the peculiar
(September 2016)
“Tales of the Peculiar” is a (fictional) book often mentioned in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children story. It tells the history of peculiardoom, and the location of the secret loops. The author decided to turn the fictional book into a real one, that you can now read to learn more about Rigg’s peculiar world.
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The movie


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
(September 2016)
This is Tim Burton’s take of the successful book series, following closely the first book, but wrapping up the plot with a nice ending that is quite different from the one in the book. I found the movie quite enjoyable, but it was not a box office success.

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